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.
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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
Connect with José González & Latino Outdoors:
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/josebilingue/
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/josebilingue/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/josebilingue/
Latino Outdoors: latinooutdoors.org
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- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LatinoOutdoors/
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/latinooutdoors/
- LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/latino-outdoors
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