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When you fail to do the work

Written by Ava
February 6, 2019

A statement by the founders of the Avarna Group. As a company, we’ve been quiet about the announcement of the Camber Outdoors CEO pledge over the past few days, but not for lack of thoughts about the whole situation. On the contrary, we’ve been teeming with thoughts. In between flights,…

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Another year around the sun

Written by Katie Koga
December 20, 2017

   Dear colleagues and friends, 2017 has been another momentous year for the Avarna Group. We want to thank you for continuing to support us, inspire us, and serve as champions for a more socially and environmentally just world. Here's our year in numbers: 101 days of travel 32…

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“But we’ve always said ‘biner!’” exclusionary words in outdoor recreation and education

Written by Aparna
September 25, 2017

Actually written by Guest Contributor Monserrat Alvarez [caption id="attachment_2568" align="alignleft" width="225"] Monserrat (Guachichil/Mexica) is an outdoor educator from the South who works for a more equitable and inclusive Outdoors. She currently works at cityWILD as their program assistant where she combines her love for the Outdoors, youth development, and social…

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Nature’s calling — for diversity to be about more than just race

Written by Aparna
September 19, 2017

stick person in the middle of image and surrounded by the various identities spelled out, such as race, education, sexuality, etc and arrows pointing to that stick figure

Dear CNN, Like many colleagues, we were thrilled to see that the topic of diversity in the outdoors has made it to mainstream media with your article “Nature's calling -- for more human diversity.” And we were even more pleased to see so many partners and friends gaining a national…

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Connection the dots: white supremacy and monuments

Written by Ava
August 21, 2017

image of Mt Rushmore in the ancestral homelands of the Lakota people

In the wake of Charlottesville this past weekend, I have been thinking quite a bit about how these events connect to the work our partners and clients do. So, in this third installment of our “connecting the dots,” series, we’d like to talk about monuments and memorials. Last week the…

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Equity means supporting single identity spaces

Written by Aparna
May 24, 2017

a box of crayons with all brown crayons

We know diversity allows organizations to think out of the box, be more creative and innovative, problem-solve better and see around corners. But leading with diversity can undermine equity, especially when it comes to single identity experiences for people with marginalized identities. To be clear, today we're talking about single-identity…

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