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The Nonprofit Institute's Outdoor Leaders Summit

As San Diegans, we cherish our quality of life. Access to the ocean, mountains, and deserts makes our region unique. Our great outdoors sets us apart, contributes to our regional economy and makes San Diego one of the world's most livable places. Yet, San Diego County is already experiencing impacts of a changing climate that challenges our precious natural resources, tourism, and regional economy. We cannot assume that our children and grandchildren will inherit our high quality of life, unless we build the next generation of leaders to champion the wild and special places that we call home.

On October 17, 2019, we are excited to convene our first Outdoor Leaders Summit in San Diego. We are bringing together a cross-section of leaders and advocates for our region’s great outdoors to explore such topics as: science of awe and nature’s benefits to well-being, kindness, happiness and creativity; rebuilding connections between children and nature; quality of life issues; and the new Thrive Outside efforts that are underway in San Diego and other major metropolitan regions across the country focusing on getting kids and families back outdoors. Join us!


FEATURED SPEAKERS

  • Lise Aangeenbrug, Executive Director at the Outdoor Foundation
  • Everett Au, Environment & Thomas Murphy Fellow at The San Diego Foundation
  • Roxanne Avant, Executive Director at Urban Surf 4 Kids
  • Stacy Bare, Veteran and Ambassador at The North Face
  • Les Duncan, Senior Director of Programs at Outdoor Outreach
  • Bridget Gramme, Administrative Director and Supervising Attorney at USD's Center for Public Interest Law
  • Chantel Jimenez, Urban Refuge Coordinator at U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services
  • Ben McCue, Executive Director at Outdoor Outreach
  • Sandy Mueller, Director of Social Work & Psychiatry at Rady's Children Hospital
  • Marisa Quiroz, Vice President of Programs at International Community Foundation
  • Joi Spencer, Associate Dean & Associate Professor in the School of Leadership and Education Sciences at the University of San Diego
  • Jeff Unsicker, Policy Advocacy Professor at the University of San Diego
  • And more!


AGENDA

8:30-9:00 Registration and Networking Breakfast

9:00-10:30 Panel I: Nature as a Gateway for Health and Well Being

We are at a critical inflection point between humanity's seemingly inevitable "long march indoors" and a growing movement of grassroots leaders and organizations working to reconnect people to nature. As the movement to get people back outside grows, so does the recognition that we need to disrupt traditional narratives of who is active in the outdoors, as well as to better understand how nature-connectedness relates to our well-being, happiness, kindness and compassion, and sense of community. Likewise, we are confronting fundamental contradictions with the history of our public lands, consumer culture, and the future of outdoor conservation and recreation.

This panel explores these themes from the perspective of childhood experience and identify, trauma and the healing power of nature, building a more inclusive outdoors, and a growing body of research on people and the outdoors.

10:30-10:45 Break

10:45-12:00 Panel II: Youth Engagement and Access

We will zero in on the disparities in park access versus the public support for the outdoors. We will discuss rebuilding connections between children and nature, as well as highlight relevant organizations that promote youth engagement and access.

12:00-1:30 Lunch and Thrive Outside Presentation

San Diego Thrive Outside (SDTO) is a network of nonprofit, philanthropic, academic, and government partners working to increase meaningful outdoor engagement opportunities for children and families in San Diego county. The vision of this network is that all youth and families in the San Diego region have opportunities to grow, connect and thrive through multiple, repeat and reinforcing experiences in the outdoors, to improve community health and develop life-long relationships to the outdoors.

This lunch presentation and panel will present the Outdoor Foundation's new initiative "Thrive Outside" and engage a group of local leaders in panel discussion about their vision and participation in the San Diego Thrive Outside (SDTO) network.

Afternoon Sessions - Participants can sign up for one of two afternoon sessions during registration the morning of October 17th.

1:30-3:00 Advocacy Training (capacity of 30 attendees)

The Advocacy Training is for the Outdoor Leaders Initiative cohort and other community persons, groups and organizations that want to solve social and environmental problems through influencing public policies. Organized by USD’s Center for Public Interest Law, this 2-hour workshop/training on advocacy will deepen the participants understanding of the advocacy process, with a focus on selecting among the multiple options for action in light of the information they have gathered through answering questions and completing worksheets. The session design will be informed by responses to the pre advocacy survey collected prior to the training.

1:30-3:00 Quality of Life & Values-Based Action Interactive Breakout Session

This interactive session is for those who are looking to connect their values to action and enhance our quality of life in the region. We will start with a personal reflection on our values and what quality of life means to each one of us. Then we will look at how quality of life is measured in the region through the Equinox Project's San Diego Regional Quality of Life Dashboard. Finally, we will help participants connect passion and concerns to taking action and what that looks like. We will explore the concept of values-based action and what opportunities people see in their own life to advocate in the areas where they want to see change happen.


If you would like to add an additional day and attend the State of Nonprofits & Philanthropy Summit on Friday, October 18th, you are eligible for a $10 discount. Please contact lbruce@sandiego.edu.


Presented by The Nonprofit Institute

As part of the School of Leadership Studies and Education Sciences (SOLES), The Nonprofit Institute is designed to advance the University of San Diego's commitment to academic excellence, expanding liberal and professional knowledge, creating a diverse and inclusive community, and preparing leaders who are dedicated to ethical conduct and compassionate service. The Nonprofit Institute is committed to providing education, training, and research to build leaders and strengthen organizations that help meet critical community needs.




*Discounts are available to USD Students, Alumni, Outdoor Leaders Initiative Cohort and Leaders 2020. Contact Lia Bruce at lbruce@sandiego.edu for more information.




FAQs

How many tickets may I purchase?

You may purchase up to 2 tickets through this registration portal.

Each ticket must have its own name and email address.

Duplicate names and/or email addresses will nullify your ticket.


What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

Parking is included in your registration fee. Directions and parking information will be provided prior to the event.


How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Contact Lia Bruce at lbruce@sandiego.edu with your questions.


Is it ok if the name on my ticket or registration doesn't match the person who attends?

Ticket and registration must match. Each name and email must be unique to the individual attending. Using the same name and/or email address will nullify your registration.

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