Mikaela and Boubacar

Alumni Speaker Series – Diversity: Wilderness Transformations

Please join us for an Alumni Speaker Series event with a focus on Wilderness, one of UWC-USA’s signature programs. With a panel moderated by President Victoria Mora, the session will explore the role the UWC-USA Wilderness program plays in the life of the school as a central pillar of the UWC experience in Montezuma. The conversation will also cover the importance of access and diversity in the outdoor education world. The panel will feature Mikaela Osler ’13, Boubacar Ballo ’22, and UWC-USA’s co-director of expeditionary learning, Rachel Fristedt. There will be opportunities for questions from the audience.

This free virtual event is open to all alumni and friends of UWC-USA.

Since graduating from UWC-USA, Mikaela Osler has hiked over 9000 miles including thru-hikes of the Appalachian, Pacific Crest, and Continental Divide Trails. She has shattered speed records on the 270-mile Long Trail in Vermont and the 485-mile Colorado Trail. Mikaela has also led Wilderness trips for UWC-USA in the past year.

Rachel Fristedt co-directs the expeditionary learning programs at UWC-USA. Responsible for Southwest Studies, Project Week, and all Wilderness trips, Rachel is an experienced trip leader and skilled teacher. She joined the UWC-USA staff in 2015.

Boubacar Ballo ’22 was born and raised in Senegal by Malian immigrant parents. After attending the Military Academy of Saint-Louis in his home country, he decided to come to UWC-USA, where he found Wilderness to be his favorite activity. He feels grateful for that opportunity as well as for international experiences on campus and in the backcountry.

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