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Mary Breunig loves adventure. Especially the ones she leads for her Outdoor Recreation students who learn that to truly turn inward on the journey of self-discovery, turning outward is a pathway unlike any other.
An Assistant Professor of Recreation and Leisure Studies and an expert in experiential education, Mary believes that the fundamentals of leadership for social justice and community development can be discovered in the stroke of a canoe paddle, the power and beauty of the Dragon Boat, or the rush of a kayak through white water.
From the tranquil beauty of Algonquin to the rugged peaks of Peru, Mary interprets the outdoor world and helps others to speak its language. “Wilderness travel in groups is one aspect of the leadership training our students receive”, Mary says. “Our teaching and learning environment is wilderness, classroom, and community-based so that our students develop their leadership and pedagogic skills and learn to use them as agents of social and environmental change.”
Mary, with Outdoor Recreation faculty colleagues Tim O’Connell and Garrett Hutson, helps students prepare not just for the world as it is, but to contribute to the world that ought to be.
If you’re up for a real adventure, read more about Mary’s work by clicking here