Identity, Social Justice, and Antiracism for Outdoorists: WWH

Mirna Valerio Headshot

Mirna Valerio, Instructor (photo by Tammi Nowack)

Sunday 10/18



Course Fee: $100/person

After the multitude of murders, Covid-19 deaths, and general mistreatment/disenfranchisement of Black people at the hands of racism and white supremacy, many White community members have asked, “what can I do?”

The answer isn’t simple.

Doing more than sharing platitudes and memes on social media is crucial. Going beyond empathy and frustrated hand-wringing is the difference between inaction and real change-making action.

Effective change means gaining critical knowledge, consciousness, and understanding. It also means examining your own identity, perspectives, and biases.

If you cannot know yourself,¬† how are you to know, understand, honor, and protect others’ lives?

In this introductory course, you will:

  • examine your own identity
  • learn valuable social justice and antiracism vocabulary/concepts
  • begin to see through others’ perspectives/lenses
  • start to notice unconscious messaging around racial superiority
  • move beyond feelings of shame and guilt and
  • learn smaller and bigger-picture ways of dismantling white supremacy
  • learn to incorporate antiracism strategies in your life, NOW
  • make valuable connections between the antiracism framework and your own work leading diverse outdoor groups

This is NOT easy work, but it is necessary. If you are ready to START your journey, and lean into the discomfort of unlearning white supremacy, REGISTER for this Women Who Hike-specific course today. 

Course Facilitators:

Mirna Valerio

You may know me as an adventurer, ultramarathoner, speaker, and writer. I am all of the above!

What you may not know is that I was a teacher for 18 years.

I spent 13 of those years teaching and developing diversity, equity, and inclusion curricula for middle-school through high-school aged students. The last three of my years in education, I served as the Director of Equity and Inclusion at the Rabun Gap Nacoochee School. I provided professional development for the faculty and staff, created and taught a four-year long diversity seminar curriculum, and facilitated inclusion leadership workshops/retreats for student-leaders.

Note: There will likely be other facilitators/presenters in addition

Please note:

  • A few days before the course begins, you will receive an email with ZOOM information to join the workshop.
  • Course times are 10am-1 PDT/1-4pmEDT
  • Please expect to join the workshop for the entire duration.
  • This is an interactive course which requires use of Zoom Breakout Rooms. You will be in community in small groups to discuss prompts, tell your own stories, and strategize. Please plan to be fully participatory and present.
  • Once you receive the Zoom link, please do not share with anyone outside of Women Who Hike.

Introduction Antiracism Workshop