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Moving Beyond Diversity

Live Panel Discussion

Join us for our live panel discussion, Moving Beyond Diversity.

Duration: 60 minutes
Date: Wednesday November 25th – 6pm PDT

This panel was part of the VIMFF 2020 Fall Series.

For many in our outdoor communities, 2020 has exposed the amount of work that needs to be done in the area of diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI).

Organizations and individuals have been working hard to foster a more diverse participation and representation in outdoor related media and storytelling. Where do we go from here?

Judith Kasiama, founder of Colour the Trails and moderator of this panel, believes the focus needs to be on inclusion and the development of welcoming practices for everybody.

In this lively discussion, our panelists will share their learnings about DEI and offer their advice to individuals (you at home) about how you can take action and contribute to real change in your community.

Join us for this important conversation, presented by Liv Cycling, on Wednesday November 25th at 6pm PDT.


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Moderator: Judith Kasiama

Activist in terms of diversity and inclusion in the outdoors, Refugee from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, new Canadian citizen, hiker, skier, trail-runner, but most of all a human being who loves being free in nature.

Judith plays a key role in raising awareness for cultural change, focusing on diversity and equity in the outdoors. Her accomplishment, through her journey, would be to have at least one person who sees her doing these sports and have them be inspired to break the stigma in terms of who is in the outdoors.

Bringing together people of different race or ability, Judith is the founder of Colour the Trails.

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Panelist: Brooklyn Bell

Brooklyn Bell is an athlete and artist from the Pacific Northwest. Originally from Seattle, Washington, she moved north to Bellingham at age 10–a move that, by changing her access to the outdoors, changed her life. As a teenager, with trails in her backyard, she started hiking and running. Later, this became a gateway into the world of outdoor culture and she began skiing, climbing and mountain biking. Bell is one of the founding members of The Kona Supremes Ambassador Program. She spends her summers enduro racing and volunteering with the Joy Riders, a women’s mountain bike group in Bellingham. She is a strong advocate for women in outdoor sports and is working toward helping The Kona Supremes provide a space and resources for women to have fun and learn how to ride.

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Panelist: Raheim Robinson

Raheim Robinson is a creative director, producer, and climber born and based in New York City. Spending more than a decade in fashion marketing and branding as well as outdoor brand consulting, he is now using his diverse expertise and knowledge to push the outdoor industry to create safe spaces for black and brown youth in underserved communities in New York.

Featured in but not limited to: Outdoor Research, Climbing.com, UKClimbing.com, Climb Your Dreams, The North Face, Nat Geo, Field Magazine, + more.

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Panelist: Jaqueline Scott

Jacqueline L. Scott is a PhD student, OISE, University of Toronto. Her research focus is on how to make outdoor recreation more welcoming for Black people. A keen outdoor fan, she leads hikes and bike rides for outdoor clubs and community organizations.

Jacqueline is also a writer. She writes feature articles on how race intersects with environmentalism and outdoor recreation. She has written three books on her adventures in sailing, on safari, and as a Black traveller.

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Panelist: Ayesha McGowan

Ayesha McGowan is a professional road cyclist for Liv Racing and an advocate for better representation of POC in cycling. Upon entering competitive cycling in 2014, she quickly discovered that there had not been a single African-American female pro road cyclist. In 2020 she became the first.

Through launching various initiatives that focus on diversity and representation in the sport of cycling, including her ‘Do Better Together’ virtual ride series and The Black Foxes, Ayesha has inspired countless people, particularly people of color, to ride their bikes more often—both competitively and recreationally. Her work also encourages people of all backgrounds to challenge themselves and who they picture when they define the word “cyclist.”


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