At The Mountaineers, we believe a diverse and inclusive outdoors inspires unity, respect, and passion for the places we love (as reflected in our core values). We aspire to offer outdoor opportunities for ALL, and in order to realize this aspiration, we must will take a critical look at our internal systems and processes to discuss inequities that keep The Mountaineers from being a place where all people from various backgrounds and life experiences can experience the outdoors.
Donations received for #GivingTuesday on December 3 will directly support scholarships at The Mountaineers. Hear from scholarship recipient Ekaterina Sukhanova about the impact our courses have had on her life and how donor-funded scholarships make a difference in our community. After you #OptOutside this holiday season, consider giving in support of access to the outdoors.
Being an unrepresented person in the outdoors also means you carry the unfair responsibility to represent every member of your community. Our voices are so rarely centered in the outdoor narrative that we feel responsible to speak on everyone’s behalf. White, heterosexual, cisgender men, for example, can afford to speak for themselves as individuals since their narratives are already widely and diversely represented.