About Hoofer Ambassadors
Hoofer Ambassadors strive to make the outdoors accessible and welcoming to all. The outdoors allows us to heal and empower ourselves and each other: we are committed to providing everyone, with their many backgrounds and experiences, an opportunity to develop their own unique relationship with the outdoors. By connecting and celebrating our differences, we vow to promote allyship to each other and the Earth.
Our Story (What is Hoofer Ambassadors?)
Hoofer Ambassadors is a Hoofer program dedicated to equity in the outdoors. The initiative started in September 2018, when a few Hoofers created a Diversity and Inclusion committee to begin a conversation about the barriers to the outdoors in Hoofers and the community. From this committee, with the goal of developing a more welcoming Hoofer culture and community, the Hoofer Ambassador program was created. Starting in the Spring of 2019, multiple Hoofers and Union members volunteered to help grow the program to what it is today. Hoofer Ambassadors is now a grassroots program open to the campus community, where anyone can join and help make a difference in the pursuit of our mission.
We vow to continually question constructions of “the outdoors,” while creating a community that is representative and inclusive. We aim to promote allyship to each other and the Earth, while centering marginalized identities in our efforts to establish a more equitable environment. Ambassador meetings are a place to talk about social justice and develop ideas for all of Hoofer clubs. Hoofer Ambassadors (HA) is committed to providing clubs with specific and concrete recommendations in order to promote inclusivity and equity within Hoofers. This resource can be used as a tool to advocate for diversifying our club spaces, conversations, and outreach initiatives (link to recommendation sheet here!). As ambassadors we attend different social justice events on campus as well as take part in our own trainings with the Multicultural Student Center. These trainings will help give us the language and tools to challenge our club members to become more culturally competent and critique the structures we have in place. We are just getting started and are ready to put in the work to increase access to the outdoors! We are a grassroots program that is run and developed by volunteers that are passionate about our cause. To learn more about becoming a Hoofer Ambassador, see the “Get Involved” tab!
Who are Hoofer Ambassadors?
Hoofers Ambassadors are students and community members interested in learning about diversity and inclusion in the outdoors and working collectively to make the outdoors more equitable and accessible. All identities welcome, and no experience needed, just a desire to learn more about how to make our natural spaces and communities more accommodating and accessible to all! You do not need to be an active Hoofer member to join Hoofer Ambassadors (see the org chart below).
What does this chart mean you might ask?
- Officers of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI) act as overseers and leaders of Hoofer Ambassadors and report to Hoofer Council.
- Committee Chairs are responsible for leading the 4 committees (Accessibility, Finance, Representation/Outreach, and Programming), which lead inclusivity initiatives within Hoofer Ambassadors and across the campus community.
- Club Liaisons are designated Hoofer Ambassadors from each club who take recommendations back to their club executive board and represent their club at Hoofer Ambassadors. Together with designated Club Liaisons from each Hoofer Club, the committee chairs and Officers of Diversity and Inclusion form the Hoofer Ambassador exec board.
- Committee Members are Hoofer Ambassadors who help actively serve on one of the committees to pursue initiatives with a varying amount of time required.
- General Members are Hoofer Ambassadors who attend meetings and events to create community and further the discussion of social justice in the outdoors. Anyone in the campus community can become by attending events and getting involved with no time requirements. The first place to start is by attending a meeting, emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or clicking on the “Get Involved” tab!
We just want to also extend our gratitude to the people that have helped make this program possible! We would not have been able to do this work without you all and we greatly appreciate your wisdom, energy, time, and resources!
Thank you to Iffat Bhuiyan, Joseph Webb, Gabe Javier, James Edward Mills, Lori Reeser, Tanvi Tilloo, Caleb Reiter, Mo Kappes, Mark Guthier, Heidi Lang, and everyone who has made this effort a possibility!