Affirmation of Diversity Statement

BOLT affirms the University's nondiscrimination policies and seeks to include a diverse group of students in the program.

One of the strengths of BOLT is that it provides students from diverse backgrounds with opportunities to travel, play, live and work together both in the wilderness and on campus. The opportunity to work together with students from many different "neighborhoods" on campus has proven to be a powerful community building experience for all of our participants and leaders. Many students have indicated that the program enabled them to build relationships with other students who they would not have met on campus.

Our leaders and BOLTers inspire, challenge, and support each other.  A valuable aspect of the BOLT experience is to provide an opportunity to reflect on our relationships with the various communities to which we belong. We believe that the diverse perspectives and experiences of individuals offer an invaluable contribution to the community experience and conversation.

BOLT is open to all students regardless of experience or ability in the wilderness. Approximately half of our participants have little or no backpacking or camping experience. Leaders will teach participants the basic skills they need.

BOLT has a long history of working with students to provide feasible accommodations for special dietary needs, religious practices, hearing impairments, mobility disabilities and chronic illnesses. There is some variability in the difficulty of the routes, thus, we are able to accommodate a range of abilities. If you have any accommodation needs, please communicate these to the BOLT Director as soon as possible to provide time for us to work together.