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Inside the WUDwork with Mark Strayer

Meet Mark Strayer, Our Hoofer Outing Club President!

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Major: Environmental Science, History, American Indian Studies

How long have you been a member of WUD/Hoofers?

"This is my fourth year."

Why did you join WUD/Hoofers?

"I joined Hoofers because I was looking for a group with excitement about outdoor recreation."

What do you do in your role with WUD/Hoofers?

"My mission with the Hoofer Outing Club is to make it as accessible and approachable to as many people as I can. On a day-by-day basis, that means answering interest emails, leading meetings, and working with my executive board and team of activity chairs to write and implement policies to address safety, education, training, and leadership development. I also get to lead trips all across the lower United States."

What is one of your favorite experiences from your time at WUD/Hoofers?

"There’s a lot that I love about my position, but one of the coolest trips I’ve had the chance to help lead was to Olympic National Park in Washington. We hiked along the Pacific Ocean for a few days, saw old growth temperate rainforests, bushwhacked, crossed a big river, and made some incredible friends."

Why is WUD/Hoofers special to you?

"Hoofers and the rest of the Union Directorate comprise an extraordinary community of diverse interests and skills. The people I’ve met through these organizations mean the world to me."

If there was one thing you could make sure everyone knew about WUD/Hoofers, what would it be?

"There’s really nowhere better to build meaningful relationships with people, in my experience anyhow, than outside, in some forest or some mountains. The kind of interaction that takes place in those environments, if you let it, really can alter your life for the better."

To learn more about the Hoofer Outing Club and their events and involvement opportunities, check out our website and Facebook.