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Stepping Out of the Classroom: Diversity & Inclusion at NOLS Rocky Mountain

By Roberta Schoultz on 10/17/13 8:22 AM

Here
at NOLS Rocky Mountain we often see many faces in a day. Courses come in and out, they ration food, issue and de-issue, brief and debrief, eat lunches and cleanup. It’s often easy to pass by without noticing many of the people that work to keep all of the operations at the branch running smoothly. There are two people in particular that always have a smile on their face, take due pride in their work, and perform essential functions to the branch’s operations. Freyja del Duca and Joel Harrington are two young adults with special needs. Freyja and Joel, both Lander natives, are exemplary staff members at NOLS Rocky Mountain and they work hard to serve the thousands of students that pass through this branch every year.

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Topics: Behind the Scenes, NOLS Rocky Mountain, Inclusion, Diversity

Expedition Denali Launches Kickstarter Campaign for Feature Film

By Casey Adams on 4/11/13 5:24 AM

This June, nine mountaineers will attempt to become the first all-African-American expedition
to climb Denali (a.k.a. Mount McKinley) in Alaska. This team’s goals go far
beyond summiting North America’s highest peak and making history. Their
ultimate objective is to inspire people of all colors, young and old, to get
more engaged in the great outdoors.

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Topics: inspire, nature, Behind the Scenes, NOLS course, first, Expedition Denali, African American, media, feature-length film, tax-deductible, film, role models, history, youth of color, Outdoors, Mount McKinley, summit, race, video, Alaska, prizes, Kickstarter, Diversity, Denali, documentary

Vivacious Young Woman to Conquer Denali

By Brent Wallen on 1/31/13 7:19 AM

“Once we
think it gets real, it gets realer”. “Check yourself before you wreck
yourself”. These quotes come from a valiant young lady blessed with an
opportunity most of us dream of. With Expedition Denali tiptoeing closer and
closer, a reality check summons Rosemary Saal to fully realize what lies ahead
of her this June. Measured from base to peak, Mt. McKinley soars 20,320 feet
into the frigid Alaskan air, and bows down to nobody.

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Topics: NOLS, Waddington Range, Expedition Denali, African American, Mt McKinley, Youth in the outdoors, youth of color, Live the Dream, Diversity

Grace Anderson: Diversity and Inclusion Fellow

By Brent Wallen on 1/21/13 4:01 AM

Variety is the spice of life. It is predicted that by the year 2042 the
Caucasian population will be the minority in the United States. Whether or not that sounds accurate to you is
beside the point. What we should
understand is the U.S. is a melting pot for all types of ethnicities, and it’s
important that we have an understanding of where we all come from
(geographically and culturally), and where we are headed. That being said, as
far as the outdoor world is concerned, it is historically accurate that Caucasians
(ever hear of Paul Bunyan, Jedidiah Smith, or John Colter?) have been in the
limelight. In NOLS’ case, it is a
primary goal to promote diversity and inclusion as much as possible within the
organization and the outdoors in general.

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Topics: NOLS, Behind the Scenes, outdoor recreation, Expedition Denali, Inclusion, youth of color, Diversity

Wilderness Leadership in the Harvard Business Review

By Casey Adams on 3/23/12 6:53 AM

We at NOLS operate on the firm believe that leadership can be learned. The people we instruct, from teenage students to business executives and everything in between, believe the same. Marc Randolph, among numerous other renowned members of the world of business, was quoted saying so in the April issue of the Harvard Business Review:

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Topics: NOLS, leadership, Aparna Rajagopal-Durbin, entrepreneur, business, Harvard Business Review, National Outdoor Leadership School, Marc Randolph, decisions, John Kanengieter, Outdoors, Educators Notebook, Netflix, Diversity, wilderness, NOLS Professional Training