Episode 13: Diversity, “Beyond the Buzzword”

Episode 13: Diversity, Beyond The Buzzword

Banner image by Liz Song

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Diversity, equity, and inclusion in the outdoors: Part 1.

The outdoor space has been getting a lot of press lately about its lack of diversity. We’ve seen articles in USA Today, Outside Online, and within blogger circles (you can find a list at the bottom of this page). There are a growing number of organizations that are working to amplify non-white and LGBTQ people in the outdoors, and rightly so.

But why do the outdoors lack diversity? At the prompt of listener Sara Murphy, we go “beyond the buzzword of diversity” and investigate the many barriers we face in cultivating a more inclusive outdoor space. We teamed up with Liz Song of Snowqueen and Scout to dive into this two-part series on diversity in the outdoors.

Listen to Part 2, “Towards a More Inclusive Outdoors”->

This episode features:

Aparna Rajagopal-Durbin & Ava Holliday, The Avarna Group co-founders.

Graciella Cabello, Latino Outdoors National Director.

Miho Aida, “If She Can Do It, You Can Too.”

Elyse Rylander, Founder of Out There Adventures.

And voice memos from:

Simone Martin-Newberry, Ambreen Tariq aka @brownpeoplecamping, Lisa Dougherty, Marinel de Jesus, Monserrat Alvarez, Renuka Nagaraj, Rachel Samaniego, and Stephanie Harper.

 

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Music is by Nihilore, Fles Lit, Mindseye, Portrayal, and Chris Zabriskie via freemusicarchive.org

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Some Of The Women Featured, In Action:

Simone Martin-Newberry

Simone Martin-Newberry

Aparna Rajagopal-Durbin by James Mills, The Avarna Group

Aparna Rajagopal-Durbin by James Mills, The Avarna Group

Ambreen Tariq, @brownpeoplecamping

Ambreen Tariq, @brownpeoplecamping

Elyse Rylander, Out There Adventures

Elyse Rylander, Out There Adventures

Marinel de Jesus, Brown Gal Trekker

Marinel de Jesus, Brown Gal Trekker

Ava Holliday by Matt Pool Photography, The Avarna Group

Ava Holliday by Matt Pool Photography, The Avarna Group

Renuka Nagaraj

Renuka Nagaraj

Miho Aida

Miho Aida

Resources:

It Matters Who You See in Outdoor Media“, Outside Magazine, by Carolyn Finney

For People of Color, Hiking Isn’t Always an Escape,” USA Today, by Benjamin Spillman

Episode 2: Being ‘Outdoorsy’ When You’re Black or Brown,” Code Switch Podcast

More Minorities are Hiking and Camping – Good News for Makers of Outdoorsy Gear,” LA Times, by Hugo Martin

Diversity on the Trail is a Gift and Here’s Why,” Brown Gal Trekker

Why Don’t They Look Like Me? The Diversity Dilemma in Outdoor Media,” Little Grunts

What unique experiences do you bring to the trail?

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