Diversity and Inclusion

BOLT seeks to welcome a diverse group of students into the program and affirms the University’s nondiscrimination policies.

Within the BOLT community, we actively seek understanding across lines of difference. We respect and value diversity in the broadest sense and believe it to include race, color, ethnicity, national origin, religion, socio-economic class, age, ability, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression.  We believe that a respect for differences and dialogue are key elements of our program’s foundation for experiential education.

One of the strengths of BOLT is that it provides students from diverse backgrounds with opportunities to travel, play, live and work together both in the wilderness and on campus. The opportunity to work together with students from many different “neighborhoods” on campus has proven to be a powerful community building experience for all of our participants and leaders. Many students have indicated that the program enabled them to build relationships with other students who they would not have met on campus.

Our leaders and BOLTers inspire, challenge, and support each other.  A valuable aspect of the BOLT experience is to provide an opportunity to reflect on our relationships with the various communities to which we belong. We believe that the diverse perspectives and experiences of individuals offer an invaluable contribution to the community experience and conversation.

As a program that values access to the outdoors, BOLT is open to all students regardless of experience or ability in the wilderness. Approximately half of our participants have little or no backpacking or camping experience. We teach Leaders and BOLTers the basic skills they need. Our ability to offer financial aid and to loan gear to students, also supports our values for access to the outdoors and for participation in our program.

BOLT has a long history of working with students to provide reasonable accommodations for special dietary needs, religious practices, hearing impairments, disability and medical conditions. There is some variability in the difficulty of the routes, thus, we are able to accommodate a range of abilities. If you have any accommodation needs, please communicate these to the BOLT Director as soon as possible to provide time for us to work together.