Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Statement
WHERE YOU CAN BRING YOUR AUTHENTIC SELF
The Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Statement was adopted by the Oregon State University Extension Service–Outdoor School Staff on June 12, 2019.
The Oregon State University Extension Service–Outdoor School Program values equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI). EDI is essential to who we are, but also to what we do. We acknowledge the historical and institutional barriers that have kept youth from participating in an outdoor school experience and strive to foster positive experiences for all students by exposing and eliminating institutional policies and structures that uphold systems of power and privilege, as well as by providing continuous opportunities for education and self-reflection to our staff and stakeholders.
The voters in the State of Oregon overwhelmingly passed legislation to fund outdoor school for ALL students. The recognition that no outdoor school participant brings just one aspect of their identity to an outdoor school experience is critical to understanding the intersectionality of identities. We strive to create an environment where everyone can feel welcome, safe, respected, and free to participate in all aspects of outdoor school as their authentic, whole self.
Equity, diversity, and inclusion are foundational to our work as the Oregon State University Extension Service–Outdoor School Program. We know this will change the structure of outdoor school. We choose to openly engage in an ongoing process of active learning and growth—understanding that this work requires a sustained commitment. When we make mistakes along the way, we will adapt and continue to learn.