America’s great outdoors has been the source of national identity and one of the most popular travel destinations. Yet, research has shown that people of color, especially African Americans, are far less likely to visit national parks and forests. Using a sociohistorical analysis, Dr. KanJae Lee’s presentation offers a comprehensive explanation for the racial and ethnic gaps in nature. The presentation also discusses the ways in which public land agencies and environmental organizations can promote African Americans’ visitation to the great outdoors.
Cosponsored by the Environmental Studies Program and Colby EcoReps as part of Earth Week.
Dr. KangJae “Jerry” Lee is an assistant professor in the Department of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management in the College of Natural Resources at the North Carolina State University. Jerry’s scholarly activities have focused on the issues pertaining to social justice, diversity, racial discrimination, subjective well-being, and interracial interaction in the context of parks, recreation, tourism, and sport. His research and teaching have been recognized by 2020 Best Research Paper Award from The Academy of Leisure Sciences, the Golden Apple Award in Excellent Teaching and Mentorship at the University of Missouri, the U.S. Senator Phil Gramm Doctoral Fellowship (the highest recognition for doctoral students at Texas A&M), Diversity Scholarship from National Recreation and Park Association, and Korean American Scholarship Foundation.