The Oregon State University (OSU) Extension Service Outdoor School team strongly believes in equity for all. We believe that equitable and safe access to nature is critical to outdoor engagement and are working hard at centering equity in our work. As educators, parents, and family members to youth, we know discussing the social justice movement in our nation is a sensitive, personal, and important endeavor.
To support our ongoing learning, we are sharing some resources we hope you find helpful in guiding conversations with young people.
We will continue to add to this list, so please check back! You can also follow us on Facebook (@OROutdoorSchool) and Twitter (@OROutdoorSchool) to learn about new additions to this page.
You might also be interested in our Cultural Responsiveness Self-Evaluation Tool, which supports outdoor school programs in becoming more culturally responsive (and is accompanied by a curated list of resources for taking action!).
Project Implicit at Harvard University
Project Implicit is a nonprofit organization and international collaboration between researchers who are interested in implicit social cognition--thoughts and feelings outside of conscious awareness and control. The goal of the organization is to educate the public about hidden biases and to provide a “virtual laboratory” for collecting data on the internet.
Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ)
Showing up for Racial Justice (SURJ) is a national network of groups and individuals organizing White people for racial justice. Through community organizing, mobilizing, and education, SURJ moves White people to act as a part of a multi-racial majority for justice with passion and accountability. They work to connect people across the country will supporting and collaborating with local and national racial justice organizing efforts. SURJ provides a space to build relationships, skills, and political analysis to act for change.