Published: Oct. 27, 2023

This fall, the Outdoor Recreation Economy program launched its newest graduate certificate, Inclusivity in the Outdoor Recreation Economy. This certificate is designed to empower students with the knowledge and skills needed to lead the transformation toward a more equitable outdoor industry, fostering a sense of belonging and inclusivity and ensuring that the outdoors are accessible to all. Students enrolled in the program will learn global best practices in diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging through coursework, resources and access to thought leaders who are guiding global organizations to a more diverse, inclusive and equitable future. 

The graduate certificate is composed of five courses that explore different facets of diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging work, including foundational concepts and frameworks, key challenges to creating inclusive environments, social justice, leadership and cultivating belonging.

Students in the program have the opportunity to cultivate greater personal awareness–a key ingredient for change–and to develop their own personal leadership and advocacy practice.

The Inclusivity in the Outdoor Recreation Economy program is led by Georgina Miranda, a social entrepreneur, adventure athlete, international speaker, consultant, activist and founder and CEO of She Ventures— a social enterprise unleashing the untapped power of women around the world in business and life. 

As a mountaineer,athlete and activist, Georgina ignites action to end violence against women and safeguard the planet. She is on a mission to complete the Explorer's Grand Slam, scaling the highest peaks on every continent and skiing to the North and South poles, amplifying the voices of women and places at risk. A feat achieved by fewer than 20 women worldwide. Beyond this project, she uses her voice, platform and adventures to advocate for women’s rights and equality, climate change and mental wellness.Headshot of Georgina Miranda

“Students in this program have a unique opportunity to shape a better future for the industry and enhance accessibility for others to connect with joy in nature and the outdoors,” Miranda said. “The Inclusivity in the Outdoor Recreation Economy certificate will give students a solid foundation to embark on this important work, while teaching them about inclusive leadership, conscious change, and the art of cultivating belonging – abilities that will empower them and others to create environments that are equitable and welcome all.” 

As a Latina and daughter of immigrants, Georgina brings a new voice and perspective to spaces, industries and publications that traditionally have seen little diversity. She considers herself a global citizen, having worked with organizations across six continents, and has lived in various parts of the world. She serves on the board of directors and is a business member of 1% for the Planet, roles that align with her commitment to environmental action. 

The Inclusivity certificate is part of CU Boulder’s Master of Science in Outdoor Recreation Economy program, which is the only completely online graduate program of its kind in the nation. The program offers a comprehensive, industry-relevant education taught by leaders in the outdoor and business fields. Its design offers students flexible pathways to enroll in individual courses or certificates focused in areas including building resilient communities, public policy and natural resources, leading sustainable businesses, and inclusivity, or to stack three graduate certificates to create a custom master’s degree.

“The Outdoor Recreation Economy program is uniquely suited to offer the Inclusivity certificate because the concept of interconnection is woven into every aspect of the program, from the foundational values and curriculum to the faculty and organizational partnerships,” said Mark Gasta, associate director for the Outdoor Recreation Economy program. “We are committed to the mission of creating a natural environment where all people feel welcome and encouraged to become outdoor enthusiasts, industry professionals and stewards dedicated to the protection of the land.”

Learn more about the program and how to apply.