Robin C.'s Driftwood
This small piece of driftwood is a reminder of the respect my coworkers have for me.
There's a nagging stereotype that black people don't like the outdoors, so people question my place in wilderness programming. The invalidation - having to prove myself, my worth - cuts deep.
When my coworkers gave me this driftwood at the end of a backpacking trip, it was a symbol for me: of how much they valued me, my voice, my gifts. I was meant to be there. I belonged.
I'm dedicated to helping others feel that. To building bridges between communities so we can all discover that we're not as different as we think.
We can create a more welcoming nation. Here’s how