Aunque la naturaleza tiene sus puertas abiertas para todos, el racismo, la segregación y la accesibilidad han hecho que esa invitación no les llegue a muchas personas. Conozcan a tres exalumnos de Pacific University, Wesley Heredia ‘15, Punneh Abdolhosseini ‘14 y Brad Bafaro ‘80, MAT ‘86, que están haciendo su mejor esfuerzo para que las actividades al aire libre sean más accesibles para todos, al crear oportunidades de inclusión y conexión.
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Through Adventures Without Limits, which he founded in 1995, Brad Bafaro '80 MAT '86 provides avenues for those with physical and mental disabilities to experience the outdoors.
Through her work with Metro, the Portland area's regional government, Punneh Abdolhosseini '14 works to redefine modern definitions of connecting to the land.
Through his work with the Deschutes County non-profit, Vamanos Outside, Wesley Heredia '15 works to open the outdoors up to the area's growing Laxinx population.
The world's most famous triathlon is the Ironman World Championship in Hawai'i. The event's first champion, Gordon Haller '72, emerged first of a small field that competed in the inaugural event.
Rob DeCou likes pushing his body to the limits and uses his participation in endurance sports to raise money for a number of humanitarian causes.
For Pacific students in the 1990s and 2000s, the Milky Way was to place to be in Forest Grove for concerts, movies, outdoor adventures and a good cup of coffee.
Kelsey Graczyk '19 long dreamed of working for the National Park Service. Now she helps tell the story of the parks as a visual communications specialist.
In his role as a biological wildlife technician at Hawai'i's Haleakalā National Park, Josh Higa '19 is helping to preserve populations of two of the islands' iconic and endangered birds.
Sixty years after his death, Olaus Murie, a 1912 graduate of Pacific University, is still revered as a pioneer in conservation.