Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

Everyone Belongs Outdoors

As your partner in conservation, education and recreation. the Appalachian Mountain Club is inspired by the untold diversity of our members and friends. We aim to be an inclusive, equitable, and kind community. We are committed to new membership and new leadership for those not historically represented by outdoor clubs and those who are new outdoor enthusiasts. And we are also building collaborations across committees within our Potomac Chapter and across other AMC chapters while we form external collaborations with local schools, colleges and other outdoor clubs. At AMC we are united in our adventures by mutual trust, collective safety, respect for the natural world and appreciation for our time together outdoors.

In 2018, AMC updated its Code of Conduct (“the Code”) to better reflect the organization’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI). The Code is meant to help guide and inspire behavior that creates a welcoming community.

The Code applies across the AMC community, including employees, volunteer leaders,
members, program participants, guests, and visitors. It applies to interactions that take place across our operations, including on trips, programs and trainings; at AMC owned or operated facilities, in meetings whether in person or online, and in written and oral communications. In other words, this code applies in every area of AMC – whether inside, outside, or online. The complete Code of Conduct is available here.

In June 2020, AMC took a public position against racism and racist violence, and to stand in solidarity with Black Lives Matter. In the Potomac Chapter our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Committee is exploring ways to make our organization and its activities more inclusive and welcoming to all.

Additional Resources

Understanding AMC’s Diversity Initiative
Definitions and Terminology, diversity, equity, inclusion, tolerance, etc.

Webinar 1 (20 minutes)

Why is DEI Important to AMC?

Webinar 2 (20 minutes)

Shenandoah National Park’s Lewis Mountain Project

The Potomac Chapter strongly supports the effort underway by the National Park Service to tell the story of the Lewis Mountain Campground at Shenandoah National Park, which was the African American campground when segregation was practiced at the facility between 1939 and 1950.  For the full story, click here.

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