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TOGETHER OUTDOORS MARKS ONE YEAR OF FOSTERING DIVERSITY, EQUITY, AND INCLUSION IN OUTDOOR RECREATION

Coalition begins its second year emboldened with over 100 members and launching new initiatives to create a more accessible and welcoming outdoors WASHINGTON, Aug. 25, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Together Outdoors (TO), a coalition committed to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in all aspects of the outdoor recreation experience, commemorated its first anniversary with a look back at a year of progress, and a look ahead at new efforts to make the outdoors more accessible and welcoming for everyone.More than 100 organizations joined TO in its first year, with an initial focus on educating coalition members on the history of exclusionary practices in the outdoors and the challenges that remain for members of under-represented groups who seek to enjoy America's outdoor spaces. TO's debut learning tool was an eight-module online training program for outdoor companies, nonprofits, and land management agencies. Topics included insights into, and best practices for, hiring and retaining a diverse workforce, implementing DEI (Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion) at all levels of the organization, and improving accessibility for the disabled. "Together Outdoors was born as the result of outdoor industry leaders asking how they could help provide education and drive desperately needed change. TO's first year was one of reflection, strategic planning and learning," said Coalition Lead Gerry Seavo James. "With the support of our funders, member organizations, Governance Council, and Advisory Council, we have built a solid foundation and developed effective programs to help make the great outdoors great for everyone. We are proud of everything Together Outdoors has accomplished in its first year and are excited for what's to come." Read more of Gerry's reflections on TO's first year here.Together Outdoors' new efforts build upon 12 months of work made possible by foundational and multi-year support from THOR Industries and the guidance of our Advisory Council and Governance Councils.
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