Join us for a 45 minute presentation on Great Smoky Mountains. We are very lucky to be joined by two guest presenters in Dr. Mechelle Best and Dr. Ivan Guillory, CSU Northridge Professors and Outdoor enthusiasts. Our guest speakers will share their experience and expertise as they take us through the park, while giving special consideration to the lived experience of people of color in outdoor spaces! ASL interpretive services during the registration process. An accessible closed-captioned version of this event will be available 5 business days after the live event date and can be found at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UClwXd4qi70ePcMc_ZKOaZrQ6
Barbadian by birth, Caribbean and global in outlook, Mechelle Best PhD is a Professor in- and current Chair of the Department of Recreation and Tourism Management at California State University Northridge. A former Fulbright & Organization of American States Scholar for the Eastern Caribbean, Mechelle’s interests include cultural heritage, natural resource use, and sustainability in tourism. Her ongoing research streams focus on the intersection between slavery heritage and tourism in the Caribbean and Caribbean tourism’s resilience to natural disasters. As a lifelong lover of the outdoors, Mechelle is also interested in the experiences of people of African descent and other people of colour in their outdoor recreational pursuits in the US. She muses about her outdoor and travel experiences in her blog Barbados Uh Come From!
Dr. Ivan Guillory is an Associate Professor in the department of Kinesiology at CSUN. His PhD is in Exercise Physiology and currently serves as faculty in the Applied Fitness/Exercise Science concentration. In his time as faculty he teaches courses in exercise physiology and exercise programming, as well as advises undergraduate and graduate students. In his spare time he enjoys spending time in the outdoors. Hiking, camping, cycling, and running are among his favorite activities, with a special affinity for our national parks. He hopes to someday visit most of the parks in the fifty states and Puerto Rico.