Being Queer in the Outdoors Panel
On October 20 at 3pm, please join a Panel conversation with four LGBTQIA+ environmental professionals who will be discussing navigating environmental spaces and professions with an, at times, invisible social identity. Please register in advance to join this event at: bit.ly/QueerandOutdoor.
Forrest Cortes holds a B.S. in Wildlife Ecology and Management but often says that his knowledge stems from hitting the trails, putting his hands in the dirt for habitat restoration, and spending time listening to the wisdom found in Chicago's communities. For his day-job, Forrest works as the Director of Community Engagement for The Nature Conservancy in Illinois, where he leads a team dedicated to connecting people with nature, primarily in the urban Cook County region. Additionally, Forrest serves on the Chicago Audubon Society volunteer board as the Vice President and coordinates an LGBTQ+ affinity space and is a member of the Chicago Environmentalists of Color.
Sophia Paul works as Environmental Diversity Project Manager in the Vision for Sustainable Environmental Future research office at University of Michigan’s School for Environment and Sustainability (SEAS). They have experience with consensus decision making, conference planning, research on institutional diversity, collaborative natural resource management, food justice, volunteer coordination, and community gardening. They are a graduate of Oberlin College and SEAS (Environmental Justice and Environmental Policy & Planning '18).
Robin Schultze is a recent graduate from SEAS (Environmental Policy & Planning and Conservation Ecology, ‘18). He currently resides in Athens, Georgia where he works as a city planner. His interests are in land-use planning, housing policy, and data management/process implementation within local governments.
Nicole Seymour is Associate Professor of English and Graduate Advisor for Environmental Studies at California State University, Fullerton. She is the author of Strange Natures (Illinois, 2013), Bad Environmentalism (Minnesota, 2018), and several other publications in the subfield of "queer ecologies." She currently holds an Alumni Fellowship at the Rachel Carson Center in Munich, Germany.