(re)Envisioning the Outdoors
- Sunday, April 22, 2018 from 5:30pm to 7:30pm
- Strand Union Building, Ballrooms B, C, and D - view map
Please join us as we welcome Mikah Meyer for a presentation and community discussion exploring the intersection of identity and public lands. Mikah is a new type of LGBTQ role model with a mission to invite people to the outdoors, highlight the importance of public lands being welcoming to people of all identities, and to share all 417 national park sites with the world. Mikah's talk will be followed by a moderated dialogue with community leaders Vasu Sojitra and Francine Spang-Willis, along with National Heritage Areas Program Manager Alex Hernandez, all working to build a more inclusive outdoors.Increasingly, outdoors communities are recognizing and beginning to re-envision the history of our public lands heritage which has traditionally been told through the predominate lenses of whiteness and hegemonic masculinity. Coupled with exhausted operating budgets and other considerable threats to our unique conservation legacy, it is essential, now more than ever, that everyone, regardless of race, religion, ability, gender or sexual identity, be able to visualize themselves as safe and comfortable on and to create meaningful connections with our public lands.
This event is sponsored by: MSU Diversity and Inclusion Student Commons, MSU Women's Center, ASMSU, Center for Western Lands and People, Department of Earth Sciences, College of Letters and Sciences, Department of Political Science, College of Health and Human Development, Queer Straight Alliance, Sierra Club, The Wilderness Society, National Parks Conservation Association and the Greater Yellowstone Coalition.
Read up on Mikah's story here: https://www.mikahmeyer.com/