Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Pledge

Ryan Bent

Our pledge is to develop vibrant communities emboldened by outdoor recreation and natural environments connected to all Mountain Bikers not defined by a stereotype or riding ability.

 

Feeling invited and receiving a little empathy instantly translates into fuel. We’ve all experienced a few rough crashes; been on climbs that we thought would never end, and have pushed ourselves to our limits attempting to keep up with more talented riders. These experiences have connected us to an amazing community, beautiful natural places and teaches us a little about ourselves every time we venture out. 

The VMBA Diversity Committee is excited to help Chapters, commercial partners, and peer outdoor organizations strive for inclusive and supportive outdoor opportunities. Openly invited and properly inspired, more people may give riding a try.

We are excited to celebrate riding mountain bikes – not stereotypes, riding ability or bike choice.  Our primary goal is to build an inviting and inclusive mountain bike community that any individual can be a part of. To learn more, check out the blog series and video series.

2022 DEI Initiatives

Below are the 2022 Initiatives that are being developed and implemented by our DEI Committee and DEI Coordinator, Izzy Johnson. We strive to set Initiatives each year that will continue to create a culture of diversity and inclusion in Vermont.

Host Adaptive MTB Demo Days

In tandem with Vermont Adaptive, VMBA will assist in developing and/or hosting event(s) where attendees can participate and demo the variety of adaptive chairs and assist in determining what works best for them. Additionally, VMBA and VT Adaptive will continue to grow our partnership by conducting Adaptive Assessments at various trail networks throughout the state to assist in identifying areas that Chapters can create more adaptive friendly networks.

Digital Assets

In an effort to continue to diversify our digital assets, we plan on hiring professional photographers and videographers to capture content that will continue to create an inclusive and inviting outdoor recreation community in Vermont.

Acknowledge & Honor Indigenous Communities

VMBA will work with the Indigenous Tribes in Vermont to develop a stronger statement and educational campaign. We hope to increase awareness of the land that we recreate on and to explore the origins of a ‘trail’. In doing so, we hope to honor and celebrate the Tribes that exist in Vermont.

Partnership Development

VMBA wants to recognize the organizations and groups that are already doing this important work throughout Vermont. This Initiative hopes to establish relationships and partnerships with these organizations and better understand how we can support their current efforts.

 

We have several Initiatives that are being developed later this year to be implemented in 2023. Stay tuned for more details!

VMBA DEI Video Series

DEI Committee Members

Thank you to our DEI Committee Members that are committed to helping build a more inclusive and inviting committee.

  • Krysy Steckler, VMBA Operations Director, DEI Committee Chair
  • Izzy Johnson, VMBA DEI Coordinator, DEI Committee Secretary
  • Nick Bennette, VMBA Executive Director
  • Jeff Alexander, VT Adaptive Director of Strategic Partnerships & Business Development
  • Carolyn Lawrence, Stowe Trails Partnership Executive Director
  • Adam Morse, Fellowship of the Wheel Executive Director
  • Kris Hunt, Founder of Pride Rides VT
  • Mackenzie Fuqua, Outdoor Gear Exchange, WATA Board Member
  • Jason Rickles, JAMBA Board Member
  • Leslie Gauff, STP Secretary
  • Rae Bronenkant, FOTW Board Member
  • Stephanie Baer, VMBA Board Member
  • Sung-Hee Chung, Powered Magazine
  • Vinca Krajewski, Seventh Generation

Interested in joining the DEI Committee? Reach out to Krysy Steckler.

Support local organizations

Community Builders

Members can now support local community organizations that are working towards growing our mountain bike community in ways other than building and maintain trails.