Jacobs, students in Press Herald story about enhancing diversity in outdoor leadership programs

The Portland Press Herald interviewed Lauren Jacobs, University of Maine lecturer in outdoor leadership, and Darren Ranco, associate professor of anthropology and chair of Native American Programs, about efforts to enhance diversity and inclusion in UMaine’s outdoor leadership programs, and about the need to acknowledge Indigenous lands. Students in Jacobs’ Ethics and Social Justice in Outdoor Leadership class are learning about diversity, equity and inclusion in the outdoors this semester. Outdoor leadership students Lacey Parker, Noah Grondin, Noah Robbins and Mackenzie Connor all spoke to the Press Herald about what they are learning. “I wouldn’t say it’s always comfortable. It can be uncomfortable. That’s OK. I
think the students are OK with that,” Jacobs told the Press Herald.