Your Connection To the Outdoors

Justice, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - Online Speaker Series - Melissa Utomo

Our Speaker is Melissa Utomo - “web developer powered by JavaScript & rock climbs.” Along with others, Melissa is engaged in addressing offensive route names in climbing. In 2019 she proposed a tech solution to address offensive content on the Mountain Project app. Melissa delved deeper into the topic by asking what obstacles lead to these exclusionary practices. This fall, she founded Project Beta to find a solution: “Build a guidebook app that liberates information and invests in our community rather than marginalizes it.”

Melissa will speak to her experiences addressing racism in the outdoors and everyday life. Afterwards there will be a Q/A and discussion.