HOW CAN RACE AFFECT YOUR TEAM, YOUR RECRUITING, AND YOUR CAMPUS? WITH JEN JACOBS- AUGSBURG COLLEGE

inthemedia Jun 09, 2020

In the wake of heavily publicized, violent events that have occurred to the Black community the current racial landscape in our country has been moved to the front and center of our daily lives, regardless of our race. These countless incidences have begun to lift up the discussion of how race, a socially constructed concept plays itself out in American society. College campuses and athletic teams are not immune to this conversation and are also finding themselves grappling with the discussion, protests, and its potential implications.

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BEYOND ALLYSHIP PODCAST

inthemedia Jun 09, 2020

We released this episode last week, and it was recorded on May 15 with Jen Fry of JenFrytalks. With everything going on, I was struggling with sharing it when there are other podcasts I want to point people to that are run by POC, but I do want to take time to amplify Jen’s voice (and I’m recommending some other podcasts below that I’d love for you to go over to!) Jen and Dr. Victoria Farris worked with us on a couple episodes for @proxpod. Victoria spoke in our “On Whiteness” episode and Jen graciously consulted on it. This one is with Jen and it talks about going beyond allyship— something that she teaches in her work as a social justice educator.

Jen shares so much insight on what it means to go beyond allyship in our workplaces, our homes, our parenting, and even on social media. The conversation has been so insightful for me, and I’m really grateful for Jen’s work and I 1000% think everyone should follow...

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THE KARENS, BECKYS, OR AMYS ARE NOT CONSERVATIVES, THEY CAN BE YOUR LIBERAL FRIEND… OR YOU.

blog May 31, 2020

Not every overtly racist White woman like the Karens, Beckys, or Amys is a conservative. It’s time to start understanding that problematic behavior transcends political parties. It’s time to understand how racism and bias run through the veins of everyone- including you. Yes. I am talking about you. You vote Democrat, consider yourself liberal, and have zero tolerance for those within the GOP who are against everything you believe in. Those Karens and Beckys consistently in videos calling the police on Black and Brown people or in intense rages are as far away from liberal as possible… so you think. They could not be a liberal. They could not be someone who considers themselves a Democratic. They could not be feminists, pro-gay marriage, or against racism. But the Amys are closer than you realize and that scares you. It scares you because Amy is a registered Democratic, and Democrats don’t do… that. It is easy to separate yourself...

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WE ARE NOT YOUR TOKEN DIVERSE FRIEND

blog Jan 21, 2020

 I cringe because I know it is coming once the conversation starts going in the direction of race. “My best friend is Black,” “I have dated a Black guy,” “you don’t know anything about my background, I have helped (fill in the blank).” These excuses are the usual responses when a White person is challenged about their potentially problematic behavior or language. Black and brown people will not be the pawns used to explain away something that we would not accept had we been present. I tire of the excuses that seem to be sitting in your back pockets, ready to be used as if they will somehow make all of the comments not only allowable but also acceptable.  Many times, those who weaponize their Black or Latinx friends in response to critical comments from minority groups tend to not wonder if this action is acceptable at all. It is a mechanism stemming from being uncomfortable in a situation that makes people feel as if they are...

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JEN FRY OPENS THE 2019-20 SASP SPEAKER SERIES

inthemedia Jan 03, 2020
WASHINGTON – The American University Athletics Student-Athlete Support Program (SASP) welcomed social justice educator Jen Fry on Monday, September 23, for the debut of the 2019 SASP Speaker Series.

“Having Jen Fry on campus to speak with our student-athletes and coaches was an amazing experience,” said Senior Academic Counselor Spencer Bonahoom, who oversees student-athlete development and leadership. “We wanted to bring her in to help educate our department in the important areas of race, diversity, inclusion and equity.

“Jen went well beyond that by helping attendees establish definitions and a shared language around these crucial topics,” Bonahoom continued. “I think the conversation was most impactful because Jen provided tangible examples of how we can all become racism disruptors, taking action to be anti-racism rather than neutral bystanders.”For more information please go to: ...
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2019 SPORTSPERSON OF THE YEAR: MEGAN RAPINOE

inthemedia Jan 03, 2020

“…Several hours after pondering this she finds herself at Detroit Metropolitan Airport, on her way home to Seattle, when a passenger walks over to say hello. Jen Fry runs her own social justice education firm, working with athletic departments and conferences across the country, and here she introduces herself to Rapinoe, explaining that her job tackles the intersection of race and sports.”

To read more please go to: https://www.si.com/sportsperson/2019/12/09/megan-rapinoe-2019-sportsperson-of-the-year 

Interested in having me come out and chat with your staff and or athletic department about race and diversity issues?  Please email me at [email protected] 

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THE DECADE OF BEING SCARED BUT DOING IT ANYWAY. SAY SOMETHING, DO SOMETHING.

blog Jan 03, 2020

It’s time, friends. You may have spent the last few years or decades being a witness to problematic words, behavior, and people only to excuse it away. You sit in meetings or on committees and see your co-workers, those who we espouse to love and respect, get eaten alive when they voice concern over racist, homophobic, transphobic, xenophobic, or ableist language or views. You have sat idly as they looked your way for help, only to see the top of your head because you were afraid to make eye contact. Eye contact that would ask you not only why you weren’t standing next to them, but also why you weren’t standing up against something they know you knew was wrong. You see the continual vulnerable look on their faces as they glance around the room to get help from someone, anyone, and help does not come. Not only does help not come, but they also get complete silence. A type of silence that painfully fills the room and urges them to sit down and be quiet. A...

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UAFS BOSS TALKS ABOUT BUDGET TRANSPARENCY, ONGOING PUSH FOR DIVERSITY COMMITTEE

inthemedia Jan 03, 2020

 

“As for the committee, members can plan and implement cultural sensitivity and heritage programs, review campus policies and practices to ensure that they are inclusive for all UAFS students, faculty, and staff and serve as resources and advocates for the university’s diversity, equity and inclusion efforts.

Several subcommittees also have been formed, including ones for steering, hiring, assessment, facilities, programming, training and policies and procedures. The athletics department also has its own diversity, equity and inclusion committee, Riley said. On Nov. 5, that committee brought Jen Fry, a nationally acclaimed speaker and social justice educator, in to lead training sessions, discussion groups and workshops, a UAFS media release stated. Fry is a former Division II athlete and collegiate volleyball coach. She now specializes in training student-athletes, university administrators, staff and coaches on issues of race, inclusion, intersectionality,...

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JEN FRY TALKS ISN’T SCARED OF HARD CONVERSATIONS

inthemedia Jan 03, 2020

Jen Fry, the blogger behind Jen Fry Talks, does not list her credentials, or her profession on her blog. This is not a “mommy blog” — in fact, we know little about Jen Fry’s life outside of her opinions. The point of the blog is not to learn about Jen, but to spark a conversation, one especially close to Jen as a woman of color — a conversation about race and sex in America.

Jen has no problem being provocative in her writing. The title of one of her posts, “Dear White People, Shit or Get off the Equality Pot” is what drew me to her blog. It’s in your face, maybe a little divisive, but it’s hard not to want to read more seeing a title like that. The blog is actually one her least focused, a generalized call to action in response to no specific event, but to centuries of racism and passive behavior from so-called progressive white allies.

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SOCIAL JUSTICE EDUCATOR JEN FRY LEADS WORKSHOPS AT UAFS

inthemedia Jan 03, 2020

Jen Fry , a nationally acclaimed speaker and social justice educator, led training sessions, discussion groups, and workshops on the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith campus Tuesday, encouraging conversation on diversity and inclusion in higher education and athletics. 

Fry, an Arizona native, is a former Division II athlete and collegiate volleyball coach who coached within the PAC 12 and BIG 10. Following a career in college athletics, she turned her attention to social justice education after realizing crucial conversations needed to happen on college campuses, training student-athletes, university administrators, staff, and coaches on issues of race, inclusion, intersectionality, diversity, and equity.

“You have a school that’s really passionate,” said Fry after several hours of facilitating workshops and meeting with groups across the UAFS community. “A lot of people want to know how to be better, and I think that’s been awesome....

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