I had the privilege of hearing Jen Fry speak about implicit biases at the Institute for Administrative Advancement with Women Leaders in College Sports and knew she was someone we needed to invite to our campus and work with our student-athletes and staff. Jen is a dynamic and passionate social justice educator who teaches through an anti-racist lens on issues of race, inclusion, and diversity. She challenges you to consider new perspectives, pushes you out of your comfort zone, and gets you to think about whether or not your policies/program expectations are inclusive for everyone. Her sense of humor helps to create a brave space for students and staff to share, learn, and grow from one another. Most importantly, I have never seen our students so engaged by a speaker. She worked with our staff and students separately in small groups throughout the day, but ended with a night event with all 300 of us in a room together. She was able to form a connection and get our students and staff to engage with one another to have difficult conversations that we sometimes want to avoid. She has had a major impact since she left our campus as we continue to have these conversations. If your institution values and embraces diversity and inclusion then you need to reach out to Jen and bring her to your campus for an experience you won't forget as you will be inspired to keep the conversations going after she leaves!
Jen Fry Talks
Assistant Director of Athletics, Wellness & Recreation, SUNY New Paltz