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Idaho Woman Works To Make Outdoor Spaces More Inclusive

Camel's Back Park North End Trail
Frankie Barnhill
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Boise State Public Radio

 

We Are Idaho is an ongoing series of stories from Boise State Public Radio featuring Idahoans from all walks of life telling their own stories, in their own words. In this episode, Jesse Levin tells us what it’s like to be a Black woman navigating Idaho’s outdoor recreation space — a space that isn’t always welcoming to people of color. 

Levin helped plan last year’s vigil at the Idaho State Capitol after the police killing of George Floyd. After the gathering, Levin and other organizers founded Inclusive Idaho, a nonprofit promoting diversity, equity and inclusion in the state. Levin is the group’s director of policy and education. She’s trying to make natural spaces welcoming to all. 

To read a transcript of her story, click here. This story was produced by Audrey Regan.

Have a question or comment for the show? Tweet @KBSX915 using #IdahoMatters

Frankie Barnhill is the Senior Producer of Idaho Matters, Boise State Public Radio's daily show and podcast. She's always interested in hearing surprising and enlightening stories about life in the West. Have an idea for Idaho Matters? Drop her a line!
Audrey Regan is a newsroom intern at Boise State Public Radio. Audrey is returning to their hometown of Boise after completing a year of national service with AmeriCorps St. Louis and graduating from the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington. During that time, Audrey worked for both their university's student newspaper and radio station, and now they're excited to fuse those skills and to reconnect with the Boise community along the way.