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The Outdoor Action Diversity & Inclusion Initiative

Creating a campus culture that values and respects diversity and encourages students to engage in civil discourse is one of the principal tenets of Princeton’s mission. The Outdoor Action Program addresses this issue as a core value in every aspect of our programming. Our primary vehicles are through small group experiential learning opportunities in the outdoors and through our student leadership development program.

The original proposal establishing Outdoor Action identified these core principles which have guided the program for over forty years:

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Becoming an OA Leader for Princeton and Beyond

Becoming an OA Leader is one of the most valuable things a student can do during their four years at Princeton. OA provides the most extensive leadership development program on campus. We teach skills that allow students to develop their confidence to make critical decisions, assess their group and develop effective communication, respect diversity and encourage students to explore cultures and experiences outside their confort zone.

The Outdoor Action Program at Princeton: A Twenty Year Perspective

This report was written on the twentieth anniversary of the Outdoor Action Program to identify the unique contributions Outdoor Action has made to Princeton University. The Outdoor Action Program has been an important program for building community at Princeton for the past twenty years. Outdoor Action activities serve as powerful group bonding experiences that help students develop new friendships, learn leadership skills, increase interpersonal skills, develop concern for the environment, and learn lifelong wilderness skills. The overall success of the program can be seen through the yearly increases in participation and evaluations and studies of participants and leaders. This report documents the history and growth of the program since its founding in 1974.