Nina S. Roberts, Ph.D. Professor ~ Department of Recreation, Parks, & Tourism

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Fulbright Scholar, Senior Researcher, India

Indo-American Environmental Leadership Program


California League of Park Associations. "Why cultural relevancy matters to parks: Keeping up & staying current". Opening keynote (Oct. 24, 2018).

CA Department of Fish & Wildlife. Opening Speaker, Cultural Connections Forum. "California today versus the California of tomorrow: Keeping pace with demographic changes & making the case."Sept. 12-14, 2018.

Bay Area Open Space Council, Annual Open Space Conference, "Conservation in a Time of Change." Plenary speaker, "Beyond Barriers: Challenges & Opportunities for Parks/Open Space" (May 10, 2018).

Oregon State University | College of Forestry, Starker Lectures 2017, Recreation in the Forest: Finding Healthy Balance. "The intersection of outdoor recreation, diversity, equity, and inclusion: From increasing awareness to creating relevance." Corvallis, OR (February 15, 2017).

Healthy Parks, Healthy People | Bay Area - Health Outdoors! Parks, Public Health, and Community Promoting Health Equity. "Connections & barriers between communities and parks." Opening plenary speaker. Fort Mason Center, San Francisco (Sept 21, 2016).

Massachusetts Recreation & Park Association - “Trends, talent, & transformation: Build community through engagement and partnerships.” Ocean Edge Resort, MA (March 21-23, 2016).

California Land Conservation Conference. "Cultural relevance in land conservation". Los Angeles (March 8-9, 2016).


Northern New England Recreation and Park Conference. "Recreation, culture, and community: Keeping up with emerging political and social landscapes". Bartlett, NH. (January 2015).

Bureau of Land Management, 3rd Annual Youth Summit, "Education and partnerships to connect youth to outdoor opportunities." CA State University at Sacramento. Sacramento, CA. (November 2014). (Press Release).

Save the Redwoods League, Annual Meeting of the Board of Directors. "Community, culture, and opportunities to connect." Pescadero, CA. (September 2014).

Association for Experiential Education | Rocky Mountain Region. "Social change in a changing world". Prescott, AZ. (April 2014). Co-presenter: Sky Gray, Executive Director, Santa Fe Mountain Center.

Sierra Club, Loma Prieta Chapter Celebrates 80 Years. "Looking forward to the next 80 years: Where to from here!?" (September 2013).


National Wildlife Refuge System, Refuge Friends Groups.  Friends Academy 5.  "Snapshot of a changing America and connecting with your local community".  National Conservation Training Center.  (July 2012).


American Camp Association | MidStates Camping Conference.  "Multiculturalism and quality of life:  Building camp communities through diversity" (March 2012).

State University of New York, Cortland, Metcalf Endowed Keynote Address. Keynote speaker for the annual SUNY Cortland Recreation Conference. (November 2011).

CA Trails and Greenways Conference. "Engaging youth and embracing diversity through change: Keeping up and keeping it real." Opening night keynote speaker. San Ramon, CA. (April 2011).


Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education (AEOE). “Multiculturalism in a changing world.” 2009 Statewide Spring Conference. Walker Creek Ranch, CA. (April 2009).

National Recreation & Park Association Congress. Respondent [Speech] presented at the George Butler Lecture of the Leisure Research Symposium: Dialogues on Whiteness, Leisure and (Anti) Racism. "Whiteness and the Crayola Box®: Perspectives on (anti)racism from a different color." Baltimore, MD (October 2008).


Association for Experiential Education | Kurt Hahn Address “Inside and out? How multiculturalism in a changing society can influence experiential education”. 35th Annual International Conference. Little Rock, AR (November 2007).


Redefining Wilderness Symposium. “Redefining wilderness through the voices of diversity” – Opening speaker. Sponsored by the Bay Area Wilderness Training and hosted by the SFSU Eco-Students (April 2007).


Association for Experiential Education. “Culture in a changing world: Universal by design and vital to our success”. West Regional Conference: Opening speaker. Santa Barbara, CA (March 2007).


Texas A & M University, Dept. of Recreation, Parks and Tourism Sciences. “Exploring the relevancy of parks and outdoor recreation for the African American and community”. National speaker series presenter in honor of Black History Month. College Station, TX.  (February 2006).


California Roundtable on Recreation, Parks and Tourism. “The relevancy of parks and outdoor recreation across cultures: Research update, emerging trends, and community outreach”.  General Membership Meeting, East Bay Regional Parks, Oakland, CA. (January 2006).

Women’s Outdoor Leadership Conference (8th Annual WOLC, Outward Bound).  “Cultural competency in outdoor leadership.” Brevard, NC. Also planned, recruited panelists, and moderated the Women of Color in Experiential Education panel the following day (March, 2004).


Coalition for Education in the Outdoors Research Symposium. “Components of the outdoor trip:  What really happens?”  Keynote Panel Presentation at the 5th Biennial conf. My contributing segment was research recommendations for future (January, 2000). Proceedings information.


Coalition for Education in the Outdoors Research Symposium. “An integrative review of the literature on women in the outdoors." Keynote co-presented with Dr. Karla Henderson at the 4th Biennial conf. (January 1998). Proceedings information.


Association for Experiential Education, Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference. “Cultivating connections, Uniting our region."  (March, 1998).


Bridgewater State University (formerly 'College'), Women's Institute Day. "Where do we go from here?” Participated with other women alumni on a keynote panel address to the college students, faculty, and staff. Bridgewater, MA (1996).


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