Outdoors Online – Latino Outdoors
Virtual Event |
April 22, 2021 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
The Latino population is the fastest growing demographic in the United States but among the most underrepresented in conservation, outdoor recreation, and environmental education.
Latino Outdoors seeks to create a community of national leaders in conservation and outdoor education by connecting to and engaging with Latino communities and embracing cultura y familia as part of the outdoor narrative. This ensures our history, heritage, and leadership are valued and represented. We focus on expanding and amplifying the Latinx experience in the outdoors locally and abroad.
During this virtual discussion, Latino Outdoors speakers will share stories of building communities, discuss challenges, and provide insights for our communities and our allies. They’ll showcase how conservation roots have been ingrained in la cultura Latina for generations.
Grab a drink, get comfortable with a laptop (or smartphone), and join the program via Zoom.
Albert Arevalo: Albert is the Volunteer and Community Engagement Manager at Brookside Gardens, a unit of Montgomery Parks. He also serves as the DMV program coordinator for Latino Outdoors, a non-profit that connects Latino communities and leadership with nature and outdoor experiences. Albert is committed to increasing access to the Latinx community to public lands and educating students about opportunities for careers in the environmental field. Additionally, Albert is a Senior Chesapeake Region Fellow for the Environmental Leadership Program.
Adiran Benedetti: Adrian was born in Panama, but lived in Colorado for a significant amount of time. Growing up surrounded by jungles, oceans, rivers, and mountains made him very aware of nature’s fragile beauty, inspiring him to dedicate his life to a career in environmental conservation. Adrian obtained his MS in Human Dimensions of Natural Resource Management from Colorado State University. He is currently working towards a PhD in Recreation Park and Tourism Management at Penn State University. Adrian has worked in various spheres of the conservation world: as an environmental education practitioner, zoo and botanical garden Director, and as Director of Panama’s Protected Areas and Wildlife Department. However, his passion for outdoor recreation (backpacking, kayaking, mountaineering) is at the heart of his current work. In 2013, he founded Caminando Panamá, a Panama-based NGO, which works to foster an outdoor recreation community among Panamanians. During his time attending Penn State he co-founded the LO Pennsylvania chapter to help introduce Latinx students to the natural beauty of Central PA. His research interest is focused on the intersection of environmental justice, conservation, protected area management, and tourism/outdoor recreation.
Lucila Fernandez: Lucila is a wildlife and nature nerd with the spirit of a city-slicker who has spent the last decade aiding others in exploring the natural world however feels most comfortable. A first-generation Latina born in a rapidly changing place, she experienced how assimilation, gentrification, systemic violence, fear of the other, and tone-setting by white-centric values present both real and perceived barriers to keeping people of all kinds from existing, in peace and in curiosity, in the outdoors. These personal experiences, along with the support of many mentors, Lucila has worked with federal agencies, non-profits, immigrant-serving organizations, youth development organizations, and zoos to provide environmental education programs that focus on longer-term relationship building, fostering trust, listening to community, participant-directed exploration, and meeting participants where they are at in their comfort level outdoors. Lucila has a Bachelor of Arts in Global Affairs, and got her foot in the conservation world with the support of funded internship programs designed to pipeline minority candidates into natural resource careers.
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