identity, positionality, reflexivity, inclusion, environmental education, queer, womxn, minority, outdoor recreation
Environmental Education is situated firmly in the hegemony of White, settler-colonial, capitalistic, able-bodied and –minded, heteronormative, patriarchal society. Individuals whose identity does not conform to this dominant metanarrative are excluded from and marginalized by “othering”. Trauma and violence are commonplace in society against Indigenous peoples, Black and Latinx folx and People of Color, womxn, people with disabilities, people in the LGBTQIA+ community, and all minoritized identities. That history of trauma, coupled with social and physical isolation can lead to mental and emotional struggles that negatively impact personal wellbeing. A lack of wellbeing, in turn can lead to or further depression. To counter this, there is need for careful and intentional inclusion of all people in the outdoor community. A deep, self-reflexive examination of self and identity, allows positionality to be understood. That positionality informs how personal identity intersects with others. This knowledge allows for oppressive “-isms” to begin to be dismantled because people truly see one another.
Kunz, A. D. (2019). WOMXN: An Evolution of Identity. Summit to Salish Sea: Inquiries and Essays, 4(1). Retrieved from https://cedar.wwu.edu/s2ss/vol4/iss1/2
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