Outlining what has been done and what needs to be done, Athletic Department releases DEI Action Plan update

inthemedia Mar 01, 2021

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On February 18, the Bowdoin Athletic Department released the first semesterly update to its Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Action Plan. The document has two sections: one outlining what they’ve done since mid-October when the DEI Committee first released its plan, and a second on a future plans.

Assistant Athletic Director and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Coordinator Katie Greene indicated that the department plans to publish progress updates at least once at the end of every semester.

“Something that we have really adopted moving forward is just to have a little bit more transparency in what we’ve been doing and what we plan to do,” Greene said in a Zoom interview with the Orient.

The increased transparency is something that the Athletes of Color Coalition (AoCC) has been pushing for since the organization submitted demands for diversity reform in September.

“Just to have this being released is a step in that...

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Trans Sporter Rm 71: Jen Fry Talks

inthemedia Feb 25, 2021

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Jen Fry of Jen Fry Talks is our guest this week, plus Dawn and Karleigh respond to the haters coming for retired MMA fighter Fallon Fox and the Republicans who insist on inserting transphobia into Senate Confirmation Hearings on Capitol Hill. And Karleigh recommends "For All Mankind." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

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Penn State Harrisburg to welcome social justice educator Jen Fry

inthemedia Feb 25, 2021

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February 23, 2021

MIDDLETOWN, Pa. — Renowned social justice educator Jen Fry will host a pair of free webinars focusing on inclusive excellence in higher education in March. The first session is open to all faculty and staff and will take place at 10 a.m. on Thursday, March 4. The second session is intended for students and will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, March 15. 

Interested staff and faculty can register at this link for the March 4 event.

Students interested in taking part in the webinar can register at this link for the March 15 event now. 

The workshops are designed for discussion of a variety of ongoing social justice issues, including race, diversity, gender, inclusion, antiracism, athletics, power, privilege and more. Through training, participants will gain strategies, skills and motivations to engage in...

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Inclusive Excellence in Higher Education with Jen Fry

inthemedia Feb 19, 2021

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Thursday, March 4, 2021, 10am – 12pm Join us as we listen to and learn from renowned social justice educator Jen Fry when she presents another of JenFryTalks’ acclaimed webinars focusing on inclusive excellence and social justice in higher education.

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Recognized by NCAA as a Champion of Diversity and Inclusion

inthemedia Feb 15, 2021

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The NCAA Minority Opportunities and Interests Committee, in conjunction with the Office Of Inclusion, is set to recognize Tommy Amaker, along with four others, as Champions of Diversity and Inclusion for his work in supporting ethnic minorities and other underrepresented groups and individuals.

The honor was created in 2015 to recognize those who have a commitment to advocating for and advancing others in inclusive efforts around athletics. Generally, the one individual is honored quarterly, but with the social injustice and inequities seen throughout 2020, the MOIC and office of inclusion chose to honor multiple people.

I consider myself a teacher first. I have a responsibility to see my players not just as athletes but as future leaders, as well, so if I’m doing my job, they’re going to be developing and learning and growing beyond the 94 x 50,” Amaker said. “At Harvard, we have built a program and an environment for players,...

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Jen Fry Honored With Champion of Diversity and Inclusion Award

inthemedia Feb 14, 2021

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AUBURN, Ala. (EETV) - Auburn University Athletic Director Allen Greene is one of five individuals being honored by the NCAA Minority Opportunities and Interests Committee. The award, Champion of Diversity and Inclusion, is dedicated to those who work in supporting ethnic minorities and other underrepresented groups and individuals.

"What a tremendous honor to be recognized by the NCAA via the Minority Opportunities and Interests Committee," Greene said. "The acknowledgment of an individual's impact is the result of the impact of many, whereby the desire for change is stronger than the desire for one's personal gain."

Greene is also co-chair of the Black AD Alliance, which was formed last summer to create more opportunities for ethnic minorities at administrative levels in Division I athletics. 

The Champions of Diversity and Inclusion will be formally recognized along with additional recipients who are awarded later this spring at the 2021 Inclusion...

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Volleyball coach Jen Fry is bringing equality to the playing field

inthemedia Feb 07, 2021

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A former standout college volleyball player and 15-year coaching veteran, Jen Fry seeks to take the lessons from sport and help apply them to making sports better as a educational consultant

When Jen Fry looks at her life in sports, she says it opened her doors to a wide world. Today, she works to enhance inclusion across sports.

Fry’s experiences playing and coaching led her to hang up her whistle and start her own educational support and consulting firm, JenFryTalks. Since then, she has worked with various university athletic departments, advisory groups and athletic conferences, all for the purpose of diversifying sports.

“We’re not just talking about a subject. We’re talking about the fact that people have to start critically analyzing themselves in ways that they never had to think about before,” Fry noted.

The work takes on additional focus in a time when the sports world has been especially...

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BSA Speaker Spotlight: A Q&A with Social Justice Educator Jen Fry

inthemedia Feb 01, 2021

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Jen Fry of Jen Speaks speaker of Black Student Athlete Summit
For several years now, Jen Fry, owner and CEO of the social justice education firm JenFryTalksLLC., has been making the trek from North Carolina— and now Michigan— to Texas to speak at the annual Black Student-Athlete Summit (BSA). Although she didn’t get to escape the snow for a quick trip to Austin this year, Fry was still able to deliver an empowering presentation to more than 1,200 virtual attendees titled “Confronting Whiteness Instead of Asking About Blackness.”

We caught up with Fry, a former student-athlete who is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in geography at Michigan State University, to learn more about the concept of “Whiteness” in college athletics—and the steps Black student-athletes must take to counteract the systems that are working against them.

What is this term “Whiteness,” and why is it important to bring it into the open?

Whiteness is a term I refer to which are anti-Black...

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Finlandia celebrates Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

inthemedia Jan 24, 2021

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COVID-19 restrictions kept Finlandia students from engaging in volunteer work for the Martin Luther King holiday, as has become the custom. However, the university is making up for it by hosting social justice educator Jen Fry Tuesday night.

A former Division II athlete, Fry does most of her speaking at the university and college level. After she graduated, she moved on to coaching for 15 years including at the University of Illinois. Fry says college sports is a small world, and volleyball even more tight knit, which provides great connections for her conversations. Finlandia is one such example.

At the core of Fry’s message is the need to destigmatize racial subject matter. She says that she became the person others went to regarding topics that made them uncomfortable.

It became…that friend would always contact me if there was something going on, “Hey Jen, how do we navigate this? How do we do that?” and so it got to be where I...

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FinnU MLK Day of Service altered due to COVID-19

inthemedia Jan 18, 2021

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HANCOCK, Mich. (WLUC) - The annual tradition of Finlandia University students taking the day off from classes and participating in community service on Martin Luther King Jr. Day is being altered due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result of testing and social distancing guidelines, many of the opportunities that students normally have for community service, like visiting nursing homes and reading to school-aged children, are no longer available.

“COVID has created many challenges in regards to upholding the traditions we value so much. This includes our MLK Day of Service,” said Director of Residence Life Leann Fogle. Fogle usually serves as the MLK Day of Service coordinator.

“It is incredibly important to me and the rest of Finlandia University that we continue the tradition in a safe way. Luckily, our men’s hockey team is able to continue their part, and the Diversity committee is looking at ways to utilize...

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