Student Focus: Latino Outdoors

June, 2017

 

Sometimes the outdoors can be intimidating, but recreating with people who look like you can offer a sense of familiarity and level of comfort in an otherwise uncomfortable space.

We are excited to highlight the first Latino Outdoors Club, established at Humboldt State University last year to provide a safe space for members to get outside and explore Humboldt County using community to remove the barriers between people and the outdoors. Providing this space for folks who have been traditionally underrepresented in the outdoors is key in diversifying our outdoor spaces and promoting environmentalism.

The Club also seeks to foster the growth, empowerment, and academic success of our Club members by way of outdoor recreation. In doing so, the club will leverage a love of the outdoors to inspire environmental stewardship, community development, and health and wellness.

We have a lot of great outdoor excursions planned for Club members and the greater Latino community here in Humboldt County. But we’re also excited to: 

• Reach out to other clubs and organizations on campus, such as the Latino Center of Academic Excellence, MECHA, and Klamath Connections;

• Work with local outdoor recreation professionals to train student members on outdoor leadership; 

• Create outdoor experiences that may otherwise be unavailable due to barriers such as inability to pay, lack of transportation, or access.

Latino Outdoors is a national nonprofit organization committed to bringing culture into the outdoor narrative and connecting Latino communities and leadership with nature and outdoor experiences. We connect familias and youth with nature, engage and inspire Latino leadership, empower communities to explore and share their stories in defining the Latino Outdoors identity.

To learn more about the HSU Latino Outdoors Club or join our mailing list, please email humboldt@latinooutdoors.org. For more information about the non-profit organization Latino Outdoors, visit www.latinooutdoors.org or find us on Facebook and Instagram.