014 Outdoor Programs: Our Contribution to Student Development Roundtable
Tuesday, March 31 • 8:30am – 9:30am
Fort Worth 5-6
Rodolfo Leone, Boise State University; and Edward Richmond, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point
This is an opportunity to share ideas with colleagues, ask questions, and discuss how outdoor programs are contributing to student development in different programs and settings.
AORE and NIRSA: Onsite Meeting of the Association of Outdoor Recreation and Education
Wednesday, April 1 • 1:00pm – 2:00pm
Dallas 1-2
Jeannette Stawski, AORE – Assoc. of Outdoor Recreation & Education
Attendees will have a conversation about the current state of the outdoor recreation and education industry. The session will include an exchange of information and insights, as well as discussion of future action from the AORE perspective.
Outdoor; Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
147 Beyond Escape and Adrenaline: Programming for Diverse Participants
Thursday, April 2 • 9:50am – 10:50am
Fort Worth 5-6
Todd Grier, University of Nebraska-Lincoln; and Grace Andrews, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
For decades, campus recreation professionals have been aware of a lack of diversity in outdoor adventure participants. They have attempted to address this issue, but theres been little evidence of significant success. Unfortunately, most common solutions often treat symptoms of a lack of diversity, but fail to recognize the complexities of the issue. A lasting solution requires rec professionals to ask some tough questions. In this presentation, we will examine the cultural meaning of wilderness and adventure in an effort to understand why the outdoors still fails to be widely relevant to a broader population of races, ethnicities, genders, and abilities.
Core Competencies: Philosophy & Theory; Programming
Learning Objectives:
  1. Identify three symbolic meanings that “nature” and “adventure” have.
  2. Identify three phases in the intercultural competency model and their impact on outdoor adventure programs.
  3. List three tangible steps outdoor adventure programs can take to reposition the offerings they provide for a broader audience.