Alma College and CMU have multiple events planned for Martin Luther King Jr. Day

inthemedia Jan 18, 2021

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In celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Alma College and Central Michigan University will continue to celebrate amidst COVID-19 concerns.

For Alma College, students, staff, and faculty will observe Martin Luther King Jr. Week through a variety of activities including:

  • A chapel service centered around the theme of social justice in a conflicted society which will be led by Alma College Chaplain Andrew Pomerville and broadcast on social media. The service starts at 10:30 a.m. in the college’s Dunning Memorial Chapel.
  • A clothing drive hosted by the Alma College AmeriCorps group and the Diversity and Inclusion Office is scheduled from 1 to 4 p.m. at the college’s Center for Student Opportunity in Tyler-Van Dusen Campus Center. The goal is create a closet space for LGBTQ+ people to receive clothing in a space free from barriers and judgement which will be available at the coffee shop Highland Blush in downtown Alma.
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The Hold Fast Podcast: Episode 11. Leadership & Social Justice

inthemedia Dec 16, 2020

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Our guest this week is professional speaker and social justice educator Jen Fry.  Jen began her career in athletics, first as an athlete and then volleyball coach at Elon University, the University of Illinois, Washington State University, and Norfolk State University, before turning her talents toward social justice education.  She currently owns and operates Jen Fry Talks, a social justice firm whose mission is to educate those within the athletic community on issues related to race, diversity, inclusion, and community.

We talk to Jen about her mission as a leader, an educator, and an activist, as well as the role that leadership can play in building bridges across areas of conflict and difference.

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Bowdoin Athletic Department Announces Partnerships in Upcoming DEI Work

inthemedia Dec 06, 2020

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BRUNSWICK, Maine – As part of its continuing work in regard to diversity, equity and inclusion, the Bowdoin College Athletic Department has announced its participation in a pair of important ongoing initiatives.   
The department has engaged anti-racism educator Jen Fry for a series of five workshops and is participating in a 21-Day Ally Challenge program, sponsored by the New England Small College Athletic Conference in conjunction with Women 2.0 and em|PACT Strategies.

"We are excited to partner with our fellow NESCAC institutions in support of important allyship work within each of our communities," said Ashmead White Director of Athletics Tim Ryan. "The 21 Day Ally Challenge, along with the partnership our department at Bowdoin has with Jen Fry, will help our staff serve as informed allies for underrepresented athletes on our teams going forward."

A collegiate coach for more than 15 years, Jen Fry runs the social justice education...

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UNLEASH: The Podcast- It Goes Beyond "Just Race": An Engaging Interview w/ Jen Fry

inthemedia Nov 30, 2020

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Jen Fry is a native of Arizona, a Division II athlete, and a former collegiate volleyball coach who coached within the the PAC 12 and BIG 10 turned social justice educator who realized there was a need for educating not only our student-athletes of all ages, but the administration, staff, and coaches who train them through an antiracist lens on issues of race, inclusion, intersectionality, diversity, and equity.

During the interview, Jen authentically shares her trajectory to today, what makes her thrive in this space of speaking, training and educating and the groundbreaking work she is doing in her corner of the world. Insightful, motivating and eye-opening -- Enjoy this episode!

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Jen Fry Guides MIT Student-Athletes Through the “Invisible Playbook” to Create a Culture of Inclusive Excellence

inthemedia Oct 21, 2020

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Cambridge, MA (October 13) -- As part of the kick-off for the 2020-21 academic year, MIT student-athletes joined Social Justice Educator Jen Fry for a 90-minute discussion titled Invisible Playbook: How to Create a Culture of Inclusive Excellence. The discussion examined how race, ethnicity, and athletics are intertwined and offered strategies for student-athletes to develop an anti-racist culture within their own teams and across MIT. 

“We are grateful to have had Jen Fry with us to begin the year by leading our student-athletes, coaches and administrators through very important conversations regarding the racial injustice impacting our society and the personal responsibility we have as change agents within our respective spheres of influence,” said Dr. G. Anthony Grant, MIT Director of Athletics/DAPER Department Head. “Conversations about race and social justice are challenging and uncomfortable,...

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Former NCAA coach Jen Fry to present anti-racist workshops to West Valley Athletics

Uncategorized Oct 18, 2020

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SARATOGA - Jen Fry runs the social justice education firm, JenFryTalks, LLC. The West Valley College athletic department will present a trio of interactive workshops with Ms. Fry designed to educate and empower Viking athletes, coaches and staff members – through an anti-racist lens – on the issues of race, inclusion, intersectionality, diversity and equity. 

Dialogue will be facilitated to help develop best practices with the goal of creating anti-racist community building, support for student-athletes, coaches and staff, equitable employment searches and hiring and methods of retraining personnel.

Jen Fry spent more than 15 years coaching at Elon University, the University of Illinois, Washington State University and Norfolk State University. She has conducted JenFryTalks workshops at Colgate, Dartmouth, Florida State, Northwestern, Syracuse and UCLA, among many other institutions....

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Athletic Department Releases "Building and Supporting an Inclusive and Diverse Athletic Community" Action Plan

inthemedia Oct 18, 2020

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Following several months of dialogue with student-athletes, coaches and staff, the Bowdoin Athletic Department has released its Building and Supporting an Inclusive and Diverse Athletic Community Action Plan. The plan, like those developed by all Bowdoin teams over the first six weeks of the fall semester, is a living document and will be updated at least semi-annually. 
While developing the action plan, the athletic department benefited considerably from feedback provided throughout the summer by the Bowdoin Athletes of Color Coalition and its leadership team, and especially from its Bowdoin Athletic Department Diversity Reform document.  
"It became clear during conversations with the AoCC leadership team over the summer months that we have work to do with respect to formalizing our ongoing education of staff and student-athletes, focusing dialogue on race and inclusion on impact within our community at Bowdoin, sharing of...

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JenFryTalks Social Justice E-Learning Series

blog Sep 26, 2020

It has been a challenging and unprecedented few days, weeks, and months and it has left us breathless and sometimes voiceless. We are looking for certainty in an uncertain time, hope that we can find some grounding, normalcy, or "the usual," and the reality is we can't. What we thought was normal has disappeared, and I feel that it is for the better. Our Black and Brown student-athletes, coaches, and staff have been sitting with the pain of microaggressions, macroaggressions, racially charged comments, being the only person of color on the team, staff, or even the department. It is hard. It is painful. This summer showed us our Black, and Brown student-athletes felt voiceless and suppressed when speaking out about their experiences both in and outside of their sport.

Many White coaches, staff members, administrators, and teammates are trying to figure out what is next and how they help. They are worried about saying or doing the wrong thing, which leaves them sitting on the...

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SC4 to host presentation featuring social justice educator Jen Fry

inthemedia Sep 18, 2020

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St. Clair County Community College will host a presentation by social justice educator Jen Fry at 7 p.m. Oct. 9 via Zoom. The community is welcome to attend the presentation, which is offered through SC4’s Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.

Social justice education assists everyone in critically thinking of how to become culturally competent, how to self-reflect on one’s position, power and privilege, and how to create an inclusive culture that allows diversity to be a part of the culture, the college said in a news release.

Jen Fry, of Arizona, is a Division II athlete and veteran volleyball coach with more than 15 years of experience at the collegiate level, coaching at Elon University, the University of Illinois, Washington State University and Norfolk State University. She became a social justice educator when she realized there was a need...

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