The Wilderness First Responder Scholarship is intended to support Overseas Educators (OEs) from diverse backgrounds in obtaining a WFR certification. This scholarship is a part of our broader efforts to diversify staff as defined below.
To increase the diversity and inclusivity within our community of staff, administration, local contacts, and students through active recruitment and retention efforts. We define diversity broadly to include social categories such as race, ethnicity, gender and sexual identity, socioeconomic status, nationality, citizenship, physical ability, religious beliefs, political viewpoints, age, and experience.
To foster a culture of self-reflection and education around diversity and inclusivity in our staff, students, and greater community. We recognize that cultural shifts occur through individual awareness. Therefore we strive to examine our own relationship to social categories such as race, class, and gender and the way it affects the work we do. This may include but is not limited to activities such as: Bi-annual all-staff diversity trainings.
To create a student and staff community that is reflective of broader demographics.
We require that our OEs have a Wilderness First Responder Certification prior to their first semester of work with us. Many other organizations in our field also require this certification, and thus most of our applicants for the OE position have already completed the course. However, we realize that for some candidates, the initial cost (and length) of certification may be a barrier to entry into this field and we would like to lead the field in hiring and supporting a diverse set of OEs.
Carpe Diem will offer up to two $750 scholarships/year for first time OE’s to cover the cost of a WFR certification. Priority will be given to people of color and first generation college students, though anyone is welcome to apply. In order to be considered, the applicant must agree to leading two, back-to-back semesters for Carpe Diem Education.