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Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

After 5 startup meetings to learn and listen through open discussion, Evergreen’s DEI Committee is moving forward with workgroups in five main topic areas; Marketing and Communications, Education and Events, Internal Operations, Trail Facilities, and Access.

The work done by each workgroup will inform how Evergreen functions to serve our community more equitably on a day-to-day basis while also spark ideas and create a vision for our next 5-year strategic plan (2025).

Access to outdoor recreation is not equal, and, as an organization responsible for building mountain biking infrastructure and educating riders, we have an essential role in breaking down barriers within our sport.

DEI Committee Vision Statement

Ensure that mountain biking in Washington is welcoming, accessible, and inclusive.

Why is this work important?

“What does Evergreen have to do with racial justice?” Our mission states that we strive to make Washington the best place to ride. We won’t ever have truly accomplished that until the trails we work so hard to build, maintain, and advocate for can be enjoyed with the same degree of accessibility, comfort, and safety by all, regardless of skin color.

What are we working on?

In June 2020, Evergreen community members came together to form a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee to determine how Evergreen can better live up to its values, and also improve access to and inclusion within mountain biking for riders of all races, sexual orientations, abilities and life experiences.

We’d like to thank the community members who’ve been involved in the process so far for their effort to dedicate time and be open, honest, sincere and respectful in sometimes difficult conversations about barriers faced in outdoor recreation, and to commit to change and holding Evergreen accountable. We recognize this is an iterative and ongoing process, and encourage you to reach out if you have ideas, suggestions or feedback.

Meet our committee members

Jessica Cutler

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I am a coach and former professional racer who cares deeply about diversifying the sport in an intersectional way.  I have seen first-hand the homogenous nature of our sport as to gender, disability, and racial diversity and want to be part of the solution in creating a more welcoming and diverse mountain bike community through removal of barriers to entry and access.

Trevor Ford

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I have been riding my entire life and am excited to help bring more diversity to the sport I love! I joined the committee to apply what I have learned in business about DEI and strategy to mountain biking so I can help others enjoy this sport. I would also like to see more riders who look like me on the trails when I ride and I can only accomplish this if I get involved. 

Raffaela Oeler

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My passion for endurance sports and outdoor recreation has given me purpose to advocate for creating inclusive (and fun!) experiences in the mountain biking scene, in order to build a culture of diverse ridership.

Lace Lawrence

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I am an avid outdoor recreationist with a deep belief that the outdoors belongs to everyone.I would love to see more outdoor spaces that support adult learners that are truly safe and supportive of Black, Indigenous, and communities of color, members of the LGBTQ+ community, in particular transgender riders, and the intersections of these identities. I am a proud First Descendant of the Yakama Nation and am excited to bring a rural, indigenous, and adult learning lens to Evergreen Mountain Biking Alliance.

Anthony Marquez

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Although a relatively new biker, I am a climbing and overall outdoor enthusiast. My purpose for joining this committee is to help develop a welcoming space so new and existing Washingtonian riders of backgrounds can enjoy this amazing activity.

Heidi Ashwell

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I love mountain biking with my family and have always believed that we all should have access to the outdoors no matter who we are, where we come from and what our physical abilities/disabilities are.  The outdoors provides so many benefits to our health and being on our trails (by foot or wheels) as we all know, brings so much joy.  I joined the DEI committee to help foster this belief and at least be a small voice for those with differing backgrounds and abilities to also enjoy these amazing places.

McKenna Cowart

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I was inspired by the recent BLM movement and the Peace Peloton riders to work harder to create a more equitable space for mountain bikers throughout Washington state. When I saw that Evergreen was inviting volunteers to work on the DEI team I was thrilled to get involved! As we’ve worked together over the past few months I have learned a lot and I am excited to continue doing this work!

Nick Brooks

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Since moving to the PNW close to 4 years ago, I've been fortunate to experience some of the world's best mountain biking right on my doorstep. MTB is a sport you should be able to enjoy regardless of your demographic or personal circumstances, where Evergreen has the foundation to bring this awesome sport to diverse communities! 

Caroline Black

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I am a recent transplant from Squamish, BC, Canada to Issaquah. I have been mountain biking for 8 years - starting with DH and most recently moving to XC. I’ve volunteered with the BC Cup DH races series since 2016 and seen the lack of diversity in the sport at all levels and abilities. I joined the DEI committee as I want to help increase diversity in the sport by creating safe spaces and access to opportunities. 

Eliza Hersh

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Eliza is the East Chapter's Education Lead and is committed to improving inclusivity within Evergreen's education programs.

Joel Miranda

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I joined because I want to see a broader BIPOC representation in the sport at a core level.

Sue Tadei

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I'm Sue Tadei and I am a West Sound Chapter Member who enjoys the North Kitsap Heritage Park and Port Gamble trails for riding. I'd like to see more diversity of people using the trails and be sure everyone is having fun!