With the latest news this week in Washington, we want to reassure families that Rustic Pathways programs are open to all students—including those who identify as transgender or gender non-conforming.
As an organization, we have been committed to these principles of inclusivity for decades. In 2014, we established a formal policy that outlines how we provide support for all our students. The following year, we expanded it to also include gender identity.
In addition to these formal policy stances, as of 2015 we have been working with an independent contractor to provide our staff members with a series of transgender education training sessions. We have also partnered with Gender Spectrum, an organization that helps to create gender sensitive and inclusive environments for all children and teens. These efforts have helped us develop tools to better support our LGBTQ students and families.
I hear repeatedly from parents and students that we are leading the industry in our approach of treating each traveler as an individual and without bias. I’m proud to be part of an organization that remains invested in equality and values the uniqueness of others.
An expert on travel and service-based education, Chris leads Rustic Pathways with an eye for innovation and excellence. Since graduating from Harvard in 2001, Chris has worked in virtually all areas of our organization, from running programs in Costa Rica to managing our global team. He works diligently with our team to develop future leaders who embody a broad perspective and compassion for the world. Chris lives in San Francisco with his wife and three young sons.