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RON
GRISWELL

One Outside Guide

RON
GRISWELL

One Outside Guide

Ron is an explorer, educator, and trailblazer in the outdoor industry. Passionate about the outdoors from an early age, Ron took a leave from college in 2012 when he realized that he had lost his connection to nature and the childlike joy he experienced while outside. As a result, he took an internship with Wilderness Inquiry (WI), an adventure travel nonprofit in Minnesota promoting inclusion in the outdoors for people of all abilities and socioeconomic backgrounds. His time at WI brought him face to face with his purpose and reignited his passion for the outdoors. In the past five years, he’s completed internships and leadership programs, advocated for public lands, worked with outdoor brands, and been a guest speaker at multiple conferences. Frustrated by the lack of diversity in the outdoor industry, Ron founded HBCUs Outside as a bridge between the outdoor industry and students at historically Black colleges and universities. The goal is to promote wellness through outdoor activity, and also to create an interface between the industry and the talent pool that the HBCU students represent.

IN HIS OWN WORDS

“One thing that was painfully obvious through all my adventures was that I was one of the few people who looked like me. I wanted to change that narrative. This led me to create HBCUs Outside. I honestly believe nature and being outdoors has the power to help people to be their best selves. I know this because I’ve experienced it.”