Identity, Intersectionality, and Representation in the Outdoors - Online Classroom


Identity, Intersectionality, and Representation in the Outdoors - Online Classroom

"Intermediate" level workshop on the topic of diversity, equity, and inclusion in the outdoors. Facilitated by Running Grass of Three Circles. This session will be online only.

COVID-19: Learn about our most up-to-date guidance for participants and leaders on our COVID-19 Response page. All participants and leaders must agree to the COVID-19 Code of Conduct before participating in this Mountaineers activity.
  • Casual

6:30-8:30pm via Zoom Meeting
Meeting link will be sent to registered attendees the day of the session.

Workshop Description

This workshop addresses aspects of the representation of difference and its complexities in environmental discourse, popular culture, and in our personal and interpersonal experiences outdoors. Our ability to imagine alternate realities that are diverse, equitable, and inclusive is shaped and limited by current narratives of exclusion, including racial and other forms of supremacy. We will deconstruct and decode narratives of exclusion and supremacy and look at the emergence of new narratives of DEI and Anti-Racism and how we can encourage them. We’ll also take a brief look at cultural histories of people of color in the environment to provide a deeper context for understanding the historical circumstances that have shaped our experiences and the expectations and perceptions of others.

 This workshop:

  • Is 60% experiential in form of small and large group discussion and personal reflection; and 40% instructor presentation;
  • Will be most useful for Mountaineers who have been through at least one DEI or Anti-Racist training and who are confident with DEI terms and analysis;
  • Will require some pre-workshop preparation of reading and viewing video segments;
  • Is limited to 15 people.

About the presenter

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 and founding faculty member 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 Outward Bound courses in 1969 and 1974, both of which led to a lifetime of sharing outdoor adventures and teaching. Please see the Three Circles website for more information:


This seminar will be delivered online as a Zoom meeting. You will need access to a computer or other device with a speaker and camera, as well as access to high-speed internet. Information about how to log-on to the Zoom meeting will be sent the day of the session.


Required Equipment

Required Equipment

A short homework assignment will be given in advance. Please come prepared for discussion.

Trip Reports