The On Belonging in Outdoor Spaces is a free speaker series featuring speakers whose work is advancing efforts to strengthen belonging and connection between communities of color and the outdoors.
We move as stories through narratives spaces as much as physical and cultural spaces. The outdoors, as a construct grounded on the land, is one we co-create, and as the nation’s demographics continue to be more diverse, we have the opportunity, and responsibility, to co-create an outdoors reflective of 2050, rather than preserve one from 1950. And we can take learnings from nature to help us on this path.
José G. González is the Founder of Latino Outdoors and Co-Founder of the Outdoorist Oath. He is a professional educator with training in the fields of education and conservation while engaging in different artistic endeavors with art and messaging—often exploring the intersection of the environment and culture. As a Partner in the Avarna Group and through his own consulting, his work focuses on Equity and Inclusion frameworks and practices in the environmental, outdoor, and conservation fields. He is also an illustrator and science
communicator. He received his B.A at the University of California, Davis, and his M.S at the University of
Michigan School of Natural Resources & Environment. His teaching coursework was at the Bilingual, Multicultural, Education Department at Sacramento State. He serves as a Trustee for the National Outdoor Leadership School, a Trustee for the National Recreation Foundation, and Outdoor Industry Association Board Director, among other such leadership volunteer roles.
You can connect with him on social media @JoseBilingue. Puns welcomed.
The host organizations for this speaker series are Farrington Nature Linc, deCordova Scuplture Park and Museum, Mass Audubon, Lincoln Land Conservation Trust, The Walden Woods Project, and The Food Project. Generous sponsorship of the Winter 2023 series by The Ogden Codman Trust, Freedom’s Way National Heritage Area, and Lincoln Cultural Council.