JUST SPACE PODCAST, EPISODE 4, WITH JEN FRY

inthemedia May 30, 2019

Just Space is a conference that believes that space matters, and that space is a matter of justice. It was held at Duke University by the Division of Student Affairs. This sound cloud is my amazing conversation with Shelvis Ponds on race, identity, LGBT and other amazing topics! It is definitely worth the listen! Thanks for taking the time!

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FIX YOUR HOUSE UP BEFORE YOU INVITE PEOPLE OVER: HOW ATHLETIC ADMINISTRATORS CAN CREATE AN INCLUSIVE ENVIRONMENT WITHIN ATHLETICS

blog Dec 26, 2018

When many athletic administrators or coaches step into new roles, we see them stand at the podium or speak into the microphone affirming their commitment to diversity and inclusion. They repeat the athletic department or university mission of diversity and how important it is to them. They talk about the words diversity and inclusion both earnestly and vaguely, but have no real defined strategic plan that focuses on both recruitment/hiring AND education. Those listening do not get an in-depth explanation of how they will create diverse pipelines when hiring/recruiting and we certainly do not hear how they will create a social justice educational plan that will assist in laying an inclusive culture to be in place when the diverse hirings or recruits come on board.

It is falsely assumed that the more student-athletes of color they have the more inclusive they are. You can have a diverse group within a culture that is not inclusive. As Verna Myers explains, “ Diversity is about...

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HOW DO I TALK TO MY STUDENT-ATHLETES ABOUT….

blog Dec 23, 2018

How Do I Talk To My Student-Athletes About…Race, Gender, Sexuality, or LGBT Issues, or any other uncomfortable topic? How do I start that conversation with my student-athletes so that they know I am coming from a place of loving, caring and not a place of trying to get into their business or “out” them. How do I as someone who is white, straight, Christian, male, or whatever other privileges that are at the top of the food chain, talk to my student-athletes that do not have the same privilege as I do? 

These are the type of questions I get from coaches who really do want to talk to their student-athletes about issues that are occurring on the national level, state level, local level or in their institution. They see their student-athletes struggling with issues and are afraid to say something because they don’t know how to start the conversation, they do not want to say the wrong thing, or they really are unsure of what to talk about. They know what...

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DREADS VS. SPORT. IDENTITY VS TEAM. COVERT RACISM VS. OVERT RACISM.

blog Dec 23, 2018
 http://www.utahwrestling.org/2014_15WrestlingRuleBook.pdf

http://www.utahwrestling.org/2014_15WrestlingRuleBook.pdf

 https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/dec/22/high-school-wrestler-dreadlocks-hair-cut-video-racism

https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/dec/22/high-school-wrestler-dreadlocks-hair-cut-video-racism

Over the last few years we have been hearing the stories of students of color being humiliated and forced out of school because of their hair. Most times we only read about the story or hear from the victim afterward, but this time it was different. This time we watched the painful incident in real time and it wasn’t a child being sent home, but video of the pain a student-athlete was going through while having to decide between his identity and his team. It was a video of a student-athlete of color feeling the true effects of racism one snip at a time. In case you haven’t heard the story, in New Jersey, a student-athlete of color was told by a referee that he had to cut his dreads or forfeit his match as, “According to a letter from the school district Superintendent David Cappuccio Jr., the wrestler...

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GIVE ME A CLEAR EXAMPLE OF A RACIST…

blog Nov 21, 2018

Give me a CLEAR EXAMPLE of a racist… I hear this all the time when talking about racist issues or how Trump is a racist. A clear example is wanted- but it is wanted only in a certain way. It seems that white people have been sold a lie about racism. I am sorry that I will be the one to break it to you, but here’s hoping I can help you undo years if not decades of a whitewashed history that has made you think of racism as person and not a system. An educational system and media organization has socialized you to think of racism as one thing and one thing only- the KKK, white hoods, the burning of crosse, saying nigger (but of course not when singing a song), the anger faces during the civil rights movements, or clear cut examples of discrimination and overt that even racists are like “ya that is racist”. When racism is only thought to be those overt examples, the way racism really is is missed, almost like when you look at one side of the road for a store...

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BLACK FEMALE ATHLETE… WHITE TENNIS… RACISM AND SEXISM IS STILL ALIVE

blog Sep 16, 2018

By now, if you have not been living in a cave or on a cruise you know about the situation that occurred with Serena Williams at the US Open and the conversation/controversy surrounding it. I am not going to get into the weeds of “was the correct to do it or not”. What I will speak to is the conversation surrounding identity and how some people are trying to remove gender and race from the conversation. Not only do they want to remove it, they want to make the argument that the reaction from Serena is a stand alone incident that has no bias attached to it. Not only is that foolish, but we cannot allow that to happen. The oppression and “isms” women, people of color, and women of color have had to and currently deal with will never make a situation equal to that of a white man- even if those identities are taking out of the conversation because ignoring them doesn’t change that they occur. When researching a topic, many times researchers will talk about...

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DO YOU HAVE A DIVERSE STAFF TO BOUNCE IDEAS AND INFORMATION OFF OF?

blog Sep 03, 2018

Being a head coach is tough. You are the face of your program and if you are the head coach of a high profile team you might be the face of the athletic department. Fans can name you and not your athletic director or president of your institution. Your moves and decisions are watched like a hawk. Some because they want to emulate you and some because they want to see you fail. People always have their cameras ready to take a picutre of someone on top to help them fall to the bottom. They want to catch them saying or doing something wrong. It is because of these worries that having a diverse staff around you can help you see your blind spots when situations occur that can be taken out of context and when the intent cannot be seen clearly. 

When situations that occur with your students of color or those marginalized backgrounds that get negative feedback there are questions to ask yourself such as: Are people making a big issue out of nothing or was there not enough critical...

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PRESEASON MEETINGS-ARE YOU USING YOUR CAMPUS RESOURCES?

blog Aug 02, 2018

It is the time you have all been waiting for. Preseason and the start of a fresh new season is upon us. Dreams of what the future holds, how your team will shape up, and who will take that starting spot sit in your mind as you play with all the potential line-ups that can happen. Your injured athletes have been cleared and are ready to play. Equipment has been delivered, sizes checked, and everything is in the locker room ready for the Christmas Day of preseason, when the student-athletes burst into the locker room excited to what they got. You have prepared your practice schedule, scheduled your workouts, developed your leadership meetings, and scheduled your meetings with all the necessary departments. Academic Advisor-check, Strength and Conditioning-check, Athletic Training-check, and Equipment person-check.

But wait, we are missing a few people. I know that these preseason meetings are meant for a quick meet and greet, but it is also a great opportunity to show both incoming...

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DEAR WHITE PEOPLE, SH*T OR GET OFF THE EQUALITY POT

blog Jun 28, 2018

“True peace is not merely the absence of tension: it is the presence of justice.” -MLK

Let me premise this blog posting with I know. I understand. A topic calling out one group is considered racist, dismissive, divisive, attacking, not helping the divide, and on and on and on. I get it. To see “white people” immediately makes your hair stand on edge. It makes you IMMEDIATELY say not all white people. It immediately makes you want to turn away because it must be evident that what I am about to say means nothing if I am only speaking to one racial group. If you have made it this far, congratulations and you must keep going. Even if you are “angry” reading this blog to find where I made a mistake, made an assumption, did something wrong, or just didn’t write well I am completely fine with that and accept your anger. But you have made it this far- so just keep reading. 

We are now at a time within our country when Martin Luther King...

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JEN FRY TALKS RACE AND DIVERSITY ON COACH YOUR BRAINS OUT

inthemedia Jun 24, 2018

Inclusive teams are just having equal numbers of student-athletes of color and white athletes. It is not only about having student-athletes of different races, backgrounds, religions, ethnicities, social economic classes, and family structures, it is also about celebrating those differences. It is about learning about the different ethnic holidays or findings restaurants with foods from different ethnicities. It is about having the ability to developing environments within your athletic program to create culturally competent student-athletes, staff, and coaches. 

Take a moment to listen to this episode of Coach Your Brains Out where I chat with a few of the AVP professionals and volleyball aficionados on these tough subjects. It is worth the listen and I hope will help you think differently about the changes that need to happen to make teams more inclusive.

Interested in having me come out and chat with your staff and or athletic department about race and...

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