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. People have been so involved, and instead of the hesitancy that you sometimes expect, everyone jumped right in. They were vulnerable and talked about what they learned and how they felt.”

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