Perceptions and Experiences of Diversity and Inclusion of Outdoor Educators in Higher Education


  • Elizabeth Bond Rogers University of Utah
  • Jason Taylor University of Utah
  • Jeff Rose University of Utah



outdoor education, diversity, inclusion


This study examined the results of the diversity and inclusion (D&I) survey administered to the Association of Outdoor Recreation and Education (AORE) membership in the fall of 2016. The purpose of the study was to discover the current perceptions and experiences regarding D&I of the AORE membership, which is made up primarily of outdoor education professionals and students in higher education outdoor programs. Additionally, the study looked at current D&I programming in outdoor programs, what has been most and least successful, and what barriers may be in place for the creation of an inclusive environment for underrepresented populations. The survey included quantitative and qualitative responses. Findings and implications of the study will contribute to scholarship and practice around D&I in the field of outdoor education.

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Author Biographies

Elizabeth Bond Rogers, University of Utah

Elizabeth Bond Rogers, PhD, is an Associate Instructor in the Center for Teaching & Learning Excellence and the Office for Inclusive Excellence at the University of Utah. While Liz has worked extensively in the field of outdoor education and leadership, she currently engages in faculty development around classroom climate, and inclusive teaching and learning strategies. Liz’s research focuses on gender and leadership, and social justice issues in outdoor education and higher education.

Jason Taylor, University of Utah

Jason L. Taylor, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of Higher Education in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy at the University of Utah. His research uses critical quantitative methods and mixed methods to examine the policies and factors that influence underrepresented and underserved students’ access to, transition through, and success in postsecondary education.

Jeff Rose, University of Utah

Dr. Jeff Rose is an assistant professor-lecturer in Parks, Recreation, and Tourism at the University of Utah. His research uses qualitative methods to examine systemic inequities expressed through class, race, political economy, and relationships to nature. He uses this justice-focused lens on homelessness in parks, socioecological systems, outdoor education, and place attachment in protected areas.


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