The Great Outdoors? Tackling Structural Racism in National Parks


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John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum
Tyrhee Moore
Reginald Chapple
Marya T. Mtshali
Institutional Antiracism and Accountability (IARA) Project
Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation

This panel will examine the history of systemic racism and exclusion in America’s National Parks, public lands, and outdoor industry, and how leaders and organizations are challenging these structures and creating new equitable practices and policies.

Speakers include:

  • Tyrhee Moore, Founder and Executive Director, Soul Trak
  • Reginald Chapple, Division Chief, National Park Service
  • Dr. Marya T. Mtshali (Moderator), Lecturer on Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality, Spring 2023; Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Shorenstein Center, Harvard Kennedy School

This discussion is a part of the “Looking Back, Paying it Forward” speaker series, co-hosted by the Institute of Politics and Institutional Antiracism and Accountability Project at the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation. The series examines how reparative practices, truth commissions, and institutional reckoning with structural oppression provide ways forward for equitable change.

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