Diversity, Equity, Accessibility and Inclusion Resources
OWAA Diversity Statement of Intent
OWAA welcomes, respects, and supports all communicators, particularly those from underrepresented communities who are involved in or wish to become involved with sharing the outdoor experience.
OWAA strives to advance the professional goals of its members and potential members by encouraging dialogue and providing resources that reflect the values of justice, equity, diversity, inclusion, accessibility and open-mindedness. It also aims to increase opportunities and encourage involvement in the outdoors by all.
Approved by the OWAA Board of Directors, Feb. 9, 2021.
The Purpose of this Document
The purpose of this resource library is to give OWAA members a concise and curated list of resources that they can use to begin the process of understanding the meaning of diversity, equity, inclusion in our culture and in the outdoor industry.
This is by no means an exhaustive list of resources, or of issues. It is a good place to start.
You may want to work through the resources sequentially. You are welcome to jump around. You are encouraged to learn more about the topics presented here by searching for keywords, researching authors and the other works they’ve produced, or reaching out for suggestions on the OWAA Members Only Facebook group.
Stories of Racism in the Outdoors
Why do outdoor communicators need to think about diversity, equity and inclusion?
Getting Started in Understanding DEAI
How do we start to understand the issues of race, gender and disabilities in our country?
Now that we’re familiar with the basic issues, how do we understand what it means to be an anti-racist?
Making a Difference
What can we do professionally to encourage/help everyone feel comfortable in the outdoors or promote outdoor communicators who are not the traditional demographics?