Latino Outdoors With Bryan Rodriguez and Juan Munoz, Volunteer Program Coordinators
There are many health benefits to being outside and involved in physical activities.Latinos are underrepresented in sponsored recreational and outdoor activities.Latinos Outdoors sponsor outdoor and physical activities for Latino families and youth.Latino Outdoors are responding to Covid19 by going to virtual activities and small group activities.Latino Outdoors, depends on volunteers, if you want to volunteer or donate contact Latinooutdoors.org
Latino Outdoors' José González is an experienced educator in formal and informal education settings with an array of associated interests in the arts, education, conservation, and the environment. He has broad experience as a K-12 public education teacher, environmental education advisor, outdoor education instructor and coordinator, and university adjunct faculty. 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 credential coursework was at the Bilingual Multicultural Education Department at California State University, Sacramento.As a public school teacher, he taught courses in Spanish, Social Studies, Behavior Intervention for at-risk youth, and English Language Development in middle school and high school settings. As a Program Coordinator at San Jose State University with the California Mini-Corps Program, he trained and led groups of undergraduate students providing direct instructional services to migrant students in partner school districts and in outdoor education programs. At the University of Michigan, School of Education, he was an instructor for science education in their undergraduate program. Recently, at the National Hispanic University, he has taught course on Science Methods, Math Methods, Primary & Secondary Language Development, Latino Culture, and Technology Integration at the Teacher Education Department. Latino Outdoors is a community first and an organization second. They are a community that strives for an outdoors that is safe and welcoming for all people, regardless of race, creed, nationality, language, gender, sexual orientation, or ability. They also are a community that celebrates diverse forms of outdoor engagement. and a community that believes meaningful outdoor experiences make us stronger, healthier, and happier.José founded Latino Outdoors to provide for a focused conversation on the Latinx experience without being limited to it. Our community’s voices are varied while remaining united in celebrating diversity and declaring it a core tenet of Latino Outdoors.Latino Outdoors' José González looks forward to opportunities and collaborating with organizations seeking to diversify their outdoor and conservation programs. He is available for trainings, workshops, and speaking engagements around these topics.
Latino Outdoors: José González on Representation in the Outdoors
It’s Hot In Here
“None of us are well, until all of us are well.” José González returns to his alma mater, University of Michigan’s School for the Environment and Sustainability (formerly School for Natural Resources and Environment) to speak on Wayfinding Cultural Connections: From Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion to Decolonizing. Photo credit: SEAS Office of DEI José González, award winning outdoor educator, Founder and Director of Latino Outdoors, and University of Michigan alum joins the It’s Hot in Here team this week to discuss his work with host Prachiti Dhamankar. Join us as José discusses underrepresentation in the outdoors, the Green 2.0 report, art, community, and identity. Latino Outdoors was founded in 2013 to address the lack of Latinx representation in the outdoor, conservation, and environmental education fields. Now, Latino Outdoors is a Latinx-led community and organization (in that order) that is focused on building family and celebrating culture and heritage in the outdoors. Latino Outdoors has grown to operate around the country and is open to all people who wish to celebrate diversity and inclusivity. Discussing his personal experiences growing up in México and the central valley of California, José shares his take on engaging with diverse audiences, access to natural spaces, and building senses of community and belonging. In exploring his own identities and experiences, José addresses the cultural gaps regarding the use of natural spaces. The ideas and mission of José and the Latino Outdoors team seem particularly salient in the wake of reports such as Green 2.0 which have pinpointed discrepancies of representation in the outdoors. Discussing the ideas laid out in this report, José eloquently navigates the concepts of unconscious bias, lackluster effort, and the Green Ceiling and how we might address them. José presents storytelling and art as means by which to connect to histories and cultures, celebrate diversity, and explore self-identities. As an accomplished artist himself, José examines his inspirations (from Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera to modern comic illustrators like Paul Pope) and speaks about expression in a world of social media and trolls. In envisioning the future, José discusses how his ideas may be both radical and revolutionary, and how Latino Outdoors continues to build bridges, empower local leadership, and promote equal access. Finally, José discusses how we may lean into discomfort and grow via challenging conversations. Examples of José González’s artwork examining indigeneity , identity, and culture.Art credit: José González If you’d like to learn more or get involved with Latino Outdoors, see more of José González’s artwork and writings, or explore the Green 2.0 report, check out the links below! Latino Outdoors José González Green 2.0 Report
072: People of Color in the Outdoor Community with José González of Latino Outdoors
A Sustainable Mind - environment & sustainability podcast
José G. González is the Founder of Latino Outdoors. He is an experienced educator as a K-12 public education teacher, environmental education advisor, outdoor education instructor and coordinator, and university adjunct faculty. He is also an illustrator and science communicator. His commentary on diversity and environmental/outdoor equity has been featured by High Country News, Outside Magazine, Earth Island Journal, and Latino USA, among others. He engaged in collaborations with the White House Council on Environmental Quality, U.S. Department of Interior, and the National Park Service during the Obama Administration. He also represented Latino Outdoors in several coalitions including the Latino Conservation Alliance, the Next 100 Coalition, and California Parks Now. He has been recognized with several honors, including the National Wildlife Federation Environmental Educator Award, Grist Magazine “Grist 50”, and The Murie Center Spirit of the Muries, among others. You may have also seen him in various outdoor spaces or read his poetic musings. 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. Want to start your own cause-based podcast? Let’s get you launched!! For more details on how you can work with me 1-on-1 to get your show up and running, please visit http://www.ASustainableMind.com/launch In this episode Marjorie and José González discuss: The importance of having minorities represented in the outdoor community - as participants and as leadership The challenges that some communities encounter regarding outdoor access and how to overcome those challenges How strategic partnerships play into building a more racially diverse outdoor community and why not just commitment, but alignment, plays a key role in success partnership success How to support youth in building healthy relationships with nature Resources from Jose: Four Network Principles for Collaboration Success by Dr. Jane Wei-Skillern and Dr. Nora Silver Dr. Carolyn Finney, author of Black Faces, White Spaces: Reimagining the Relationship of African Americans to the Great Outdoors Emergent Strategy: Shaping Change, Changing Worlds by Adrienne Maree Brown Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants by Robin Wall Kimmerer @TheNapMinistry Connect with José González & Latino Outdoors: José González: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/josebilingue/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/josebilingue/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/josebilingue/ Latino Outdoors: latinooutdoors.org Twitter: https://twitter.com/LatinoOutdoors/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LatinoOutdoors/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/latinooutdoors/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/latino-outdoors Connect with Marjorie Alexander: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/asustainablemind/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/SustainableMind Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/asustainablemind/ Website: asustainablemind.com Subscribe, Rate & Review ASM on Apple Podcasts: http://getpodcast.reviews/id/1039692339
Episode 17: Jose Gonzalez, Founder of Latino Outdoors, shares how Latino Outdoors is fulfilling a vision where all Latino communities enjoy nature as a safe, inclusive, and welcoming place
in our tribe
In episode 17 of in our tribe we are joined by Jose Gonzalez, Founder of Latino Outdoors. During our time together Jose shared how Latino Outdoors is fulfilling a vision where all Latino communities enjoy nature as a safe, inclusive, and welcoming place- a world where the outdoors is a place to share and celebrate stories, knowledge, and culture, while growing leadership and an active community of Latino outdoor users, mentors, and stewards. Latino Outdoors has 19 chapters throughout the United States and growing fast. Listen in to see how you can get involved.
In a little more than a month, America’s National Parks System will celebrate its 100th birthday. Outdoors enthusiasts have a lot to celebrate on the centennial: 376 protected areas covering over 83 million acres. But there's still room for improvement. When you look at the people who recreate in America’s national parks, the demographics don't match the diversity that is so prominent in the United States. José González is out to change that. He leads an organization called Latino Outdoors, whose mission is to "connect familias and youth with nature, engage and inspire Latino leadership, empower communities to explore and share their stories in defining the Latino Outdoors identity." More on Latino Outdoors - http://latinooutdoors.org/ 20% off at bigagnes.com with the promo-code "meister" at checkout. Purchase a MtnMeister t-shirt here - https://gumroad.com/l/QiebU