Voices of Women of Colour: Dreaming of an Inclusive Outdoor Leadership Environment

  • Tanya Rao
  • Nina S. Roberts
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Gender and Education book series (GED)


Women of colour have gained significant strides in breaking barriers to outdoor participation over the last two decades. However, there is limited research on factors that influence career development and opportunities for outdoor leadership available to women of colour. The goal of this chapter is to provide a holistic understanding through the collective voice of women of colour outdoor educators currently working in the field. Their knowledge and reflections on what has worked in the past, current progress, and perspective of future needs help dispel the myth that women of colour are not interested in the outdoor field; results of this project also promote a sense of belonging whilst encouraging future generations to pursue outdoor leadership careers.


Women of colour Ethnic diversity Experiential education Outdoor leadership Inclusive workplace 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Tanya Rao
    • 1
  • Nina S. Roberts
    • 2
  1. 1.Mountain Travel SobekEmeryvilleUSA
  2. 2.Department of Recreation, Parks, & TourismSan Francisco State UniversitySan FranciscoUSA

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