Building Our Understanding and Application of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion


Building Our Understanding and Application of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - Mountaineers Tacoma Program Center

An interactive, two-hour workshop with Running-Grass.

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6:30-8:30pm in the Great Hall
Pizza and salad will arrive at 5:30pm. Please feel free to come early, grab a bite to eat, and socialize before the workshop. Gluten free, vegan, and vegetarian options will be available.

Using personal experience, textual analysis, structured dialogue, and an appreciative inquiry approach this two-hour, interactive, professional development workshop will delve into the personal and social meanings of diversity, equity, and inclusion and their applications within The Mountaineers.  A short reading or film clip will be assigned in advance.

Pre-Workshop “Homework”

To prepare for robust discussions and fruitful reflection, here are a few short assignments to complete prior to the workshop. For each of these, take some notes – questions and observations – to share in the small and large group discussions.

  1. View: The Danger of a Single Story by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Please reflect on the “single story”, as well as the narratives of self, The Mountaineers, and the activities we love to do outdoors. 
  2. Listen: Radio Replay: The Mind of the Village from the NPR Hidden Brain podcast. Please reflect on the idea of “implicit bias” and how it works on the personal and organizational levels.
  3. Read: The short essay "Black Women and the Wilderness" by Evelyn C. White, which appears in the book Names We Call Home: Autobiography on Racial Identity, edited by Becky and Sangeeta Tyagi, Routledge, 1996.  

If the required assignments spark your interest, here are two other optional resources:

Running-Grass is director of Three Circles Center which, since 1989, works on bringing multicultural perspectives and practices to environmental and outdoor education. He is also a senior lecturer in the Urban Environmental Education Program at Antioch University, Seattle, where his focus is on multicultural education, critical pedagogy, and multicultural environmental leadership. His interest in the  outdoors took shape during an Outward Bound course in 1969 and was deepened at Dartmouth Outward Bound in 1974. Please see the Three Circles website for more information:




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A short reading or film clip will be assigned in advance. Please come prepared for discussion!

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