reading group

Welcome to the Backcountry Squatters reading group. With our overarching goal of developing women’s growth, we are extending beyond the outdoors. We value this lifelong journey of learning and like everything Backcountry Squatters, we want to do it together.

Current Book:

Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor

By: Layla F. Saad

Given the recent events of the BLM movement, we now realize our current standards of racial inclusivity and anti-racism practices are not enough. In order to better educate ourselves on these important topics on a daily basis, we are starting a book group. In this group, we will be reading Me and White Supremacy over the course of six weeks and then virtually gathering to regularly discuss the topics we are covering.

Any women and non-binary folx in the Backcountry Squatters’ community are welcome to join!


Monday June 29 6PM MST

Opening meeting. Have Part 1 read by this meeting. (Pages 1- 30)

Monday July 6 6PM MST

Week 1 discussion. Work through Day 1-7, be ready to discuss. (Page 32-74)

Monday July 13 6PM MST

Week 2 discussion. Work through Day 8-14, be ready to discuss. (Pages 75-124)

Monday July 20 6PM MST


Monday July 27 6PM MST

Week 3 discussion. Work through Day 15-21, be ready to discuss. (Pages 125- 170)

Monday August 3 6PM MST

Week 4 Discussion. Work through Day 22-28, be ready to discuss. (Pages 171-206)

Monday August 10 6PM MST

Closing meeting.

If you cannot make all of these, we completely understand. We encourage you to be a part of the conversation for all meetings that you can attend, even if that is just the last meeting.


By joining this space, participants agree to:

Show up with the intention to learn more

Call in others in, not out: when correcting each other it will be constructive criticism, not  tearing someone down to relieve our own guilt

Find ways to keep each other motivated to continue pursuing this lifelong work

Welcome being corrected knowing that corrections are how we all learn more: we will not practice white fragility

Learn and teach about how Backcountry Squatters can better fulfill our missing of increasing all womxn’s representation, participation and leadership in the outdoors

Figure out how to ensure mistakes do not persist in the culture of Backcountry Squatters

Begin cultivating a community that can be a rejuvenating space for any and all womxn in the outdoor community

If you cannot afford to purchase the book, please email We do not want any financial burden to be a reason that you are not able to participate.

If you do not see a confirmation message after joining the reading group, please try signing up from a computer, or email to sign up.

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