Speakers & Events
Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour 2022
March 3: Spruce Film Program
Speak Out: A Conversation Series
In October, 2020 the Outdoor Program launched a weekly series of conversations with the hopes of creating a welcoming platform to discuss a myriad of critical issues facing our communities. Conversations were hosted by students and any Whitman affiliated students, faculty, staff, or community members were able to join in!
Pei-Pei Cai and Wako Soma
Friday October 9th, 12-1pm
In this Speak Out session, Wako and PeiPei will start by discussing treaty history, a brief introduction about first food, and storytellings. We want to invite you to discuss and reflect on what kind of questions and things to keep in mind when we are in outdoor spaces in the Walla Walla valley and elsewhere.
Wako Soma and Lennae Starr
Friday, October 16th, 12-1pm
We will be aiming to understand how we can create a safer and more welcoming space in the Outdoor Program (OP). We will be discussing the history of exclusion in National Parks and Forests and how intergenerational trauma manifests as demographic divisions in the OP and outdoors in general. Our main goals are to get participants to reflect on their own attitudes toward and experiences in natural settings and gain an awareness of how/why they might differ from people who have different backgrounds.
Friday, October 23rd, 12-1pm
George Jutras will be leading a discussion on the role that diversity in media plays in inclusivity in outdoor communities. We'll be touching on the impact of years of whitewashing in the advertising of outdoor equipment companies as well as the role that social media plays in shaping what the outdoor community is and who belongs to it. We'll also be discussing what potential role models are doing to address the lack of diversity in their outdoor communities.
Friday, October 30th, 12-1pm
All conversations are hosted and directed entirely by students, but the Outdoor Program is always available as a resource. If you're interested in leading a discussion, please email George Jutras at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wilderness First Responder and Re-certification Courses
Find all the information you need to know under our First Aid Courses page.