Committees


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Access and Permitting Committee

Committee Chair, Pat Langendorfer and Committee Chair-Elect, Ryan Murphy

Purpose: The Access Committee provides advice and recommendations to the Board of Directors and National Office on matters relating to access to public lands and waters for university outdoor programs, military outdoor programs and community recreation programs. This includes but is not limited to:
                A. Outfitter-guide permitting policies of federal and state land and water management agencies.
                B. Indemnification requirements for recreation programs that are state or local government entities.
                C. Insurance requirements imposed as a condition of access to public lands and waters. >> Read more about AORE's commitment to access and permitting, including our Member's Toolkit - a resource created to aid members in the area of access to federal lands

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee

Committee Chair, Deidra Goodwin and Committee Chair-Elect, Ann Marie Hingley

Purpose: The DE&I committee provides advice and recommendations to the Board of Directors and National Office on matters relating to diversity, equity and inclusion. This includes, but is not limited to: 
                A. Internally-focused diversity, equity and inclusion.

a. Ensuring that AORE as an organization promotes involvement, innovation, and expanded access to leadership opportunities that maximize engagement across identity groups and professional levels. (AORE) embraces diversity of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disability, veteran status, age, socioeconomic status, and outdoor experience and ability.

                B. Externally-focused diversity, equity, inclusion:

a. Advocating on diversity related public policy issues that affect the operations of AORE member programs.
b. Providing AORE members, and member programs tools and resources to cultivate culture of inclusiveness, collaborative practice, and innovation in the outdoor recreation and education field.
>> Read more about AORE's commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion

Environmental Stewardship Committee

Committee Chair, Steven Koster and Committee Chair-Elect, Sandra Townsend

Purpose: The ESC provides advice and recommendations to the Board of Directors and National Office on matters relating to environmental stewardship. This includes, but is not limited to: 
                A. Internally-focused environmental stewardship: Ensuring that AORE and its member programs operate in an environmentally sensitive way.
                B. Externally-focused environmental stewardship: Advocating on environmentally-related public policy issues that affect the operations of AORE member programs. >> Read more about AORE's commitment to environmental stewardship

Professional Development Committee

Committee Chair, Andrew Lyburn and Committee Chair-Elect, Jen Siliko

Purpose: The Professional Development Committee provides advice and recommendations to the AORE Board of Directors on matters relating to member professional development. This includes: 
                A. Assisting members with the development of professional competencies
                B. Providing mentorship and career counseling.
                C. Advocating for the advancement of workforce opportunities.

Recognition Committee

Committee Chair, Sasha Griffith and Committee Chair-Elect, Alex Perronne

Purpose: The Recognition Committee provides advice and recommendations to the Board of Directors and National Office on matters relating to awards and member recognition given by or through AORE.

Research and Publications Committee

Committee Chair, Dr. Andrew Szolosi and Committee Chair-Elect, Erik Rabinowitz

Purpose: The RPC guides the scholarly efforts of the AORE and supports the membership through the communication and support of research relevant to outdoor recreation and education.