New from Jen Fry Talks: The N-word Workshop

blog Dec 01, 2021

Jen's released a new workshop to help coaches, staff, and student-athletes have a conversation about the N-word.

 Let’s be honest -- most of us don’t want to have a conversation about the N-word. It can feel too controversial. The word is steeped in historical pain and talking about it feels too hard and too heavy. We worry that having the conversation will actually cause more harm to their Black athletes. Like many coaches, Jen's had that same worry.

That's why she created this workshop. Because we need to talk about the N-word. We need to have a real conversation about where the word came from, what we’ve learned about it, and where we learned those things. We need to talk about the ways the N-word has been used to inflict violence on Black people. Jen doesn't want fear to keep you from having these conversations.

What makes this workshop special? In addition to the main session, Jen's included a facilitation guide...

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Sports Illustrated: Veteran Volleyball Coach Jen Fry Aces Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

inthemedia Nov 29, 2021

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By Bryna Jean-Marie

Sports Illustrated and Empower Onyx are putting the spotlight on the diverse journeys of Black women across sports—from the veteran athletes, to up-and-coming stars, coaches, executives and more—in the series, Elle-evate: 100 Influential Black Women in Sports.

If the pandemic has taught former college volleyball coach and Division II athlete Jen Fry anything, it’s how to improvise.

During a recent presentation to a group of physical education coaches at The Dalton School in New York City via Zoom, Fry’s internet went out, so she quickly employed the so-called flip technique, when you turn your phone screen toward your laptop so that the audience can see your PowerPoint slides. Many of us can relate to disruptive and untimely tech snafus. But this one was an opportunity for Fry to continue to master what she does best—stretch herself and others beyond boundaries, to embrace change....

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Diversity and inclusion are aim of Beaver Dam business conference

inthemedia Jul 12, 2021

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Local leaders hope an upcoming business conference in Beaver Dam will bring awareness of issues surrounding diversity and inclusion as companies seek to attract more workers to the area.

The Dodge County chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management will host a half-day diversity, inclusion and equity conference at Beaver Dam High School July 15. The conference will be in-person and feature keynote speakers and breakout sessions to help businesses recruit and be more welcoming to workers across race, gender, physical ability, sexual orientation, national origin and perspective.

Mary Vogl-Rauscher, community development manager for the city of Beaver Dam, said the idea has been years in the making through her involvement with SHRM. She said there is an anticipated worker shortage. Several local organizations and businesses have helped sponsor the conference.

“I’m really trying to reach everyone, from the HR professionals to...

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College Athletes Are Pressuring the NCAA to Take Action Against Anti-Trans Sports Laws. Why Hasn’t It?

inthemedia Jun 24, 2021

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Experts and longtime NCAA observers say that a combination of factors is at play, but it boils down to this: The risks—and stakes—are higher for the association in 2021.

“They’re in such a prime location to show like, ‘This is what accountability looks like. This is what allyship looks like,’ ” says Jen Fry, a former college athlete who has consulted with the NCAA on diversity issues. “And they didn’t do it right.”

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"Athlete to Entrepreneur 8" (May 2021) w/ Jen Fry, Taneka Rubin, & Rennie Curran

inthemedia Jun 03, 2021

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Listen to this event on the "Thrive After Sports" podcast here:

It’s no secret that athletes make great entrepreneurs. The skills we acquired during our years of competition prepared us for the intense level of discipline, personal development, and follow-through that it takes to win in entrepreneurship. "Athlete to Entrepreneur" is an online event for athletes to come together and share their entrepreneurial journeys with the world.

The goal is to educate, impact, and inspire current and former athletes to think outside of the box, become change agents for the communities they serve, and carve out a new lane for themselves post-sports.

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Bowdoin Announces 2020-21 Athletic Department Awards

inthemedia Jun 01, 2021

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Polar Bear Awards – Mike Ranen and Jen Fry
Awards presented for outstanding support of Bowdoin Athletics to an individual who works for Bowdoin, but not in Athletics, and to an individual who does not work at Bowdoin. 

"Jen played a pivotal role in supporting coaches, team leaders, and student-athletes with our antiracism and DEI efforts this year. Our department is in a considerably better place thanks to her time and dedication." – Brianne Smithson, women's soccer head coach

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Coaching for Civic Leadership [Podcast]

inthemedia May 28, 2021

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Jen Fry

Jen Fry is a native of Arizona, was a Division II volleyball player, who then coached in college for over 15 years, including stints at Elon University, the University of Illinois (2011 National Runner-Up), Washington State University, and Norfolk State University.  

Today, Jen is a social justice educator, assisting college athletics administrations, staff, coaches, and athletes – training them through an antiracist lens on issues of race, inclusion, intersectionality, diversity, and equity.

She is also currently working on her PhD in Geography at Michigan State University.

I really appreciated the opportunity to get to know Jen. I love everything she had to say, and really grateful that she contributed to this project.

I’d been following her for a while on Twitter, which I highly recommend. You can find her at @JenFryTalks.

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After a year of DEI work, the athletic department looks to expand its scope beyond socioeconomic and racial issues

inthemedia May 17, 2021

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Since the murder of George Floyd at the hands of the police last June, athletes, coaches and administrators within the athletic department have been involved in increasing diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) in athletics through events, team-based DEI programs and a number of new committees. After nearly a year of work, there has been a great deal of progress—but as always, there is more to be done.

“Each team has [its] own action plan, the department has its own action plan, [there’s] a department DEI committee and then [there’s] also support for [team-mandated gear] every year,” Athletes of Color Coalition (AoCC) co-president Kendall Rogers ’21 said. “Those institutional changes have been long overdue but have really been impactful to people’s experiences and showing their commitment to changes.”

Through various initiatives and events such as a series of talks with anti-racism educator Jen Fry, the...

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How Does Whiteness Operate In Sports? [Podcast]

inthemedia Apr 20, 2021

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Former volleyball coach Jen Fry joins the show to talk about how race and sport interact.

Fry, to hear about how whiteness operates in sports. Jen Fry facilitates workshops in the sports world on issues of anti-racism and inclusion. 

We also have “Choice Words” about why Minneapolis cancelled their games following the police killing of Daunte Wright. In addition, we also have “Just Stand Up” and “Just Sit Down” awards to Britni De La Cretaz and Layshia Clarendon for a terrific feature in SI, and Brett Favre, who continues to say stupid things. All this and more on this week’s show!

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Inclusive excellence in higher education with Jen Fry at Penn State

inthemedia Mar 10, 2021

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What's happening at Penn State? Here's a look at some of the cultural events — both in-person and virtual — taking place at the University this weekend and next week:


Pianist Robin Spielberg — March 18, 7:30 p.m., via livestream. Robin Spielberg, a Steinway Artist, will present a virtual concert at Penn State Harrisburg, livestreamed from the at the Mukund S. Kulkarni Theatre.


Women's History Month — Through March 31, various campuses. The University celebrates Women's History Month with events and opportunities running throughout the month of March. Free.

'The Lion King' Broadway cast discussion — March 10-14, virtual platform. The Center for the Performing Arts will host The Broadway Cast Reunion Series “The Lion King,” an opportunity to visit live “backstage” with the cast of the hit musical.

Panel on Black churches in Central...

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