We’re Closing The Nature Gap

HBCUs Outside is a 501(c3) non-profit committed to helping students and alums of Historically Black Colleges and Universities get outside and to the top of the outdoor industry.

Listen To Our Founder's Story

Ron Griswell, founder of HBCUs Outside, chops it up on this episode of Aire Libre’s podcast covering everything from the catalyst for creating the non-profit to long-term vision.

> 49 Minute Listen

Our Student Ambassadors

Meet our exceptional ambassadors who empower their fellow students to explore, express, and embrace their outdoor passions.

Alma Bangura

Bowie State University, '22

Christopher Burns

Alabama A&M University, '23

Jarvis Dean

LeMoyne-Owen College, '21

Abner Dickson

Bowie State University, '23

T'Kia Dublin

Elizabeth City State University, '22

De'Vonte Frazier

Elizabeth City State University, '23

Dia Harris

Howard University, '22

Kolbi Holston

Howard University, '22

Bussey Jada

Hampton University, '24

Ayen Kuol

Bowie State University, '23

Bradley Massey

Alabama A&M University, '23

Aria McElroy

Tennessee State University, '23

Nathan Oni

Howard University, '23

Tramar Pettaway

Elizabeth City State University, '23

Reese Register

Hampton University, '24

Roshell Jada Grant Wesley

Howard University, '23

Adrian Wilson

Florida A&M University, '21

Blake Wright

Tennessee State University, '23

Our Team

Meet our amazing team!

HBCUs Outside Founder

Ron Griswell

NC A&T State University Alum

Ron is an outdoor educator, consultant and entrepreneur dedicated to helping people of color get outside. He is the founder of HBCUs Outside, co-founder of Boyz N The Wood, recipient of numerous outdoor industry accolades and always eager to do more.

Social Media Manager

Marcia Kim

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Marcia is a social media manager, content creator, and model passionate about artfully amplifying the voices of her community. She has managed and created content for fashion, fitness, business, and wellness brands. Her favorite outdoor activities are hikes, and knowing where to go to eat afterwards.

Board Member

Bryan Spence

Elizabeth City State University Alum

Bryan is passionate about minorities being exposed to opportunities that help them envision and achieve their definition of success.He is the Sr. Program Manager in Global Emerging Talent at LinkedIn where he leads the campus recruiting strategy for HBCUs.

Board Member

Michael Griffin II

NC A&T State University Alum

Michael is a performance strategist, business advisor, and life coach focused on helping people identify and overcome barriers to reach their fullest potential.He is the founder of Evolastra, and has spent over a decade in client management with Bay Area firms like Reddit and Google.

Board Member

Christopher Franzese

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Christopher is a marketing executive with experience in the digital, innovation, and brand communications spaces. Over three decades of creative leadership, he has built brands at New York agencies including Anomaly, BBH, JWT, and Havas. He also serves as an instructor at the ADK Winter Mountaineering School.