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Davidson Outdoors: An Intentional Dialogue on Race

Student Davidson Outdoors participantsWhat would a dialogue on race look like in the context of a Davidson Outdoors trip?

Davidson Outdoors intern Brian Parker '15 wanted to find out.

"There is a sense of mutual reliance in a Davidson Outdoors group in the backcountry, which offers the potential to deepen relationships and facilitate conversation around difficult topics," said Parker, who graduated as a double major in anthropology and English. As a student, Parker, who is Korean-American, also was founding member of the Student Initiative for Academic Diversity (SIAD), which advocates for faculty diversity.

Working closely with the Office of Multicultural Affairs, he and co-facilitators Aly Dove '16 and Meron Fessehaye '16 organized the fall backpacking trip to the mountains of western North Carolina. Dove is an anthropology major and photographer who founded YouthMAP, a photography-based community service organization benefiting disadvantaged young people. Fessehaye, an Africana Studies major, is president of the Black Student Coalition.