Equity. You could call it a buzzword, but that would be a vast oversimplification of a concept that’s nuanced, thorny and growing more crucial by the day.
Equity represents a new infrastructure for understanding our world — from boardrooms to universities, prisons to parks, classrooms all the way to the halls of politics. An awakening about the complex way we digest and classify narratives. And, in today’s charged climate, a key element for finding solutions to many systemic problems we are facing as a global society — from the gender pay gap to voting rights, race relations, accessibility to a quality education, healthcare and even nature.
Mountainfilm is excited to do a deep dive into the issue of equity during its 2019 Moving Mountains Symposium. To do so, we have invited some of the country’s top authors, scholars, activists and experts on this critical topic, and look forward to an illuminating, fascinating and at times challenging conversation.
The symposium will address the topic in both broad strokes and granular detail. Speakers will touch on equity and inclusion in the outdoors, talk about the tools we need to engage more constructively and discuss exciting work in the realms of workers’ rights and prison reform. Moderator Dr. Michael Sawyer, an assistant professor in the race, ethnicity and migration studies program at Colorado College, will shepherd the conversation and give it context. Panel discussions and Q&As will offer the opportunity to go into depth.
And rather than purporting to offer solutions, Mountainfilm will approach the symposium from a place of humility, openness and learning. Because at its essence, honoring equity is about being willing to value the power of every story, without privileging one.