The standing committees, under the guidance of the committee chairs selected by the Board of Directors, execute the strategic plan of the Association. The Board of Directors hands projects down to the committees, at which point the working committees make a plan, gather data and complete each task. The committees then hand their work back to the board for approval or recommendations. From there the board moves it forward or hands it back with recommendations. Using this strategy ensures that the membership is able to take part in the implementation of the strategic plan.
Consider contributing to your organization by serving on one of the committees here or other ad hoc committees as needed. See more about our service opportunities here.
The committees and working groups are as follows:
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Charge: To advance a welcoming, supportive, and inclusive space within the WEA and the outdoor industry as a whole, for all who seek to become outdoor educators, regardless of background.
In addition to creating the DEI Committee, the WEA has signed The Outdoor CEO Diversity Pledge.
"The outdoor CEO Diversity Pledge connects leading outdoor brands with inclusion advocates to advance representation for people of color across the industry. We're focused on enhancing representation across staff and executive teams, media and marketing, and athletes/ambassadors. By building a relationship of support, empathy and understanding, versus external skepticism and internal stress, we're moving the outdoor industry toward authentic inclusion." -InsolidarityProject.com/the-pledge
Curriculum and Standards
Charge: To develop and conduct oversight of evidence-based curriculum that enhances professional preparation.
Charge: To plan special events in conjunction with the National Office and the Promotions and Outreach Committee.
Promotions and Outreach
Charge: To design and execute essential promotions for the association in order to increase visibility and serve the membership.
Research & Publications
Charge: To promote and support scholarly endeavors of importance to the professionalism of outdoor education and leadership.
Charge: To ensure that the Association's business and priorities are properly carried out.
Charge: Catalog the history of the Wilderness Education Association to maintain organizational memory. Explain in as much detail as appropriate and practical; the central concept, themes, and decisions that have shaped the Wilderness Education Association. The Presidential Council will also act as a resource to the current President in times of needed counsel.
In order to be a part of this elite counsel of association members, you must be current in your membership dues and have served as the president of the Wilderness Education Association or have received the Frank Lupton Service Award.
Members of the council may serve as long as they would like and in whatever capacity they are comfortable.
The Association is always working and there are many projects to support. Consider how you can contribute to your organization.
See more about Service Opportunities here.