This spring, Dr. Alice Baldridge, Associate Professor of Environmental and Earth Sciences, will chat about "Outdoor Education in the 21st Century: Integrating Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion into Geoscience Classrooms"
In my courses, students spend a significant amount of time in the outdoors using firsthand experiences to demonstrate concepts and reveal meaning and relationships in geologic and environmental processes. It is difficult to teach environmental topics without integrating questions of social justice in debates on the environment. We therefore consider questions of “who” in our discussions: Who are the outdoors preserved for? Whose history is being represented? Who has access? Who is speaking? In this talk I will discuss the results of incorporating these topics in a geoscience classroom and how the National Park Service is working to increase diversity, relevancy, and inclusion in outdoor education.