Lucienne Nicholson, a lifelong human rights advocate, is the founder and executive director of Inclusive Woods & Us, and a member of the New York Outdoor Recreation Coalition and the Open Spaces for All project steering committee. She earned an Associate Degree in Liberal Arts and Science with Distinction and a Bachelor’s in Liberal Arts, magna cum laude, with a concentration in Gender Studies. While doing graduate work at The College at Brockport, SUNY, she was the first recipient of the Fannie Barrier William: Women of Courage Award and the 2015 New York State Adult Student Achievement Award. A McNair Scholar, Lucienne is also a Schomburg Fellow admitted to the Master of Urban Planning at University of Buffalo, a Byron Fellow, and was honored with the New York State Emerging Leader Award from the American Association of University Women, and the Women of Courage Award. Originally from Haiti, Lucienne lives in Rochester, NY where she can be found on the trails leading hikes for urban children and families. Lucienne is committed to equitable access to the outdoors. Through her advocacy and outreach work, Lucienne awakens her Rochester community to the great benefits of being in nature, about stewardship, and about belongingness and personal safety while recreating. Through her intentional actions including access to outdoor leadership courses for would-be hike leaders, a new generation of nature enthusiasts is learning how to feel comfortable enjoying the spiritual, emotional, and physical benefits of spending time in nature.
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- A06. Open Spaces for All: A Framework for Inclusive Access Across New York State Parks
October 05, 2021
12:30 PM - 2:00 PM