Events

Melissa Utomo – JDEI Online Speaker Series

Please join the AMC’s Western Massachusetts Chapter and the WMCC in an online Speaker Series. Co-sponsored by the Justice, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committees and Western MA Mountaineering.

Please register to receive the zoom link.

Our Speaker is Melissa Utomo is a “web developer powered by JavaScript & rock climbs.” Along with others, Melissa is engaged in addressing offensive route names in climbing. In 2019 she proposed a tech solution to address offensive content on the Mountain Project app. Melissa delved deeper into the topic by asking what obstacles lead to these exclusionary practices. This fall, she founded Project Beta to find a solution: “Build a guidebook app that liberates information and invests in our community rather than marginalizes it.” Melissa will speak to her experiences addressing racism in the outdoors and everyday life. Afterwards there will be a Q/A and discussion.

To find out more about Melissa:Shot from above of Melissa Utomo climbing.
-Why do so many climbing routes have racist and sexist names?
-Melissa Utomo and Project Beta Are Tackling Hate Speech in Climbing
-Mario Stanley – EP – 11 Melissa Utomo
-Instagram – @mighty_mutomo

AMC Speaker Series – Juan Michael Porter II

You’re invited to join the AMC’s Western Massachusetts Chapter for the first of its Justice,
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee’s speaker series.

Date: February 25, 2021
Time: 6:30 – 8:00pm
Location: Outdoors.org

Please register for the JDEI Speaker Series.
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing the link for the session.

Our first Speaker is Juan Michael Porter II.
Juan Michael Porter II is an arts & culture journalist whose coverage focuses on the intersection of Black lives, media criticism, and sexual health advocacy. He has written for TheBody.com, Anti-Racism Daily, Observer, American Theatre, Time Out NY, SYFY, Christian Science Monitor and AMC Outdoors. He is a National Critics Institute Fellow, member of the American Theatre Critics Association, former dancer and avid hiker.

Juan Michael will speak to his experiences addressing racism in the outdoors and everyday life. Afterwards there will be a Q/A and discussion.

To find out more about Juan Michael please read:
‘We Didn’t Expect to See You’: Racism and Profiling on Katahdin
Bold Type: How I Learned to Reject My Online Abusers
Make the outdoors more equitable— Anti-Racism Daily

We look forward to you joining us!