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Call for Participation in Research on Difference and the Outdoor Industry

You are receiving this information as part of my recruitment process for my dissertation research, "The Outdoors, Difference, and Identity in the United States." Either I think you may qualify to be a participant or I am hoping you might be able to pass along this information to people you know who might be interested in participating in this study - or both!

I've attached some more information below, in case this message finds its way to people who do not know me or my project:

I am a PhD candidate in anthropology at the University of Arizona and a long-time commercial river guide. I am conducting research into the experiences of non-traditional outdoors-people working in the outdoor industry. If you have worked in the outdoors industry and identify as one or more of the following: not white; LGBTQIA+; and/or a person with a disability, and would like to either take an anonymous survey and/or be interviewed on your experiences working in the outdoor industry, please email me (Alexa Spielhagen) at or visit my website for more information, including a project description, copies of my consent forms, and a survey description and link. You can also simply visit this link to take the survey. The survey should take anywhere from about 15 minutes to an hour, depending on the participant's engagement with write-ins. Regarding interviews, I am also very interested in talking with qualified participants (as described above) about how difference and ancestry, and their related beliefs, spiritualities, and/or worldviews, have shaped their relationships with nature. An Institutional Review Board responsible for human subjects research at The University of Arizona reviewed this research project and found it to be acceptable, according to applicable state and federal regulations and University policies designed to protect the rights and welfare of participants in research.

Please feel free to forward this information and share this information widely. Thank you so much for your time!

Alexa Spielhagen

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