A series of racist policies that have existed and still exist in America today stifle the progress of antiracist and social justice agendas and cost Black, Indigenous, and People of Color American lives. We are not an exception; Today, Black students make up less than 5% of the student population on our campus. Recreation also is not an exception; Outdoor lands & waters in our country were forcibly taken from Indigenous peoples and developed for white leisure. Today, white bodies dominate space in the outdoor industry.
Racial injustice is a systemic issue in our country that needs to be addressed immediately. IU Outdoor Adventures openly deplores any act of racism on or off of Indiana University’s campus. We acknowledge our responsibility in taking steps to create diverse curriculum, inclusive programming, equitable design, and demanding just and safe outdoor recreation for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color. We acknowledge that both self-education and acting upon that education in a timely manner are required to overcome these injustices, and the methods through which we act will be immersed within our Program. Together, let us stand up for a socially just world and respond actively to the loud calls for action.