Race, Sport, and Harvard:
Conversations and Active Steps Towards Change
Date: Wednesday, July 15
Time: 8PM ET/5PM PT
Location: Zoom link and password to be provided the day of the event
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You are invited to join the Harvard Varsity Club on Wednesday, July 15 at 8PM ET/5PM PT for the first in a series of events entitled Race, Sport, and Harvard: Conversations and Active Steps Towards Change.
HVC Board Member and women's track & field alumna Theresa Moore '86 will moderate this first conversation on the experiences of Black student-athletes, alumni, and coaches of Harvard. Panelists will include recent graduates Chris Egi '18 (men's basketball), Josef Johnson '18 (wrestling), and Ngozi Musa '19 (women's track & field), as well as Traci Green, The Sheila Kelly Palandjian Head Coach for Harvard Women's Tennis. Each will share their own personal stories of how race impacts their experiences as a member of the Harvard Athletics community before opening the floor to Q&A.
Your RSVP is appreciated - feel free to share this link with teammates, classmates, and friends. We will send the Zoom link and password to those who RSVP the day of the event.
We encourage everyone to read the following materials and to reflect on the accompanying questions prior to our first conversation.
- 2020 Vision - by Tommy Amaker, The Thomas G. Stemberg '71 Family Endowed Coach for Harvard Men's Basketball, The James Herscot '58 Coach of Excellence
- Don’t understand the protests? What you’re seeing is people pushed to the edge - by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
- Reflections from a token black friend: On structural racism, implicit bias, and what white people do (and don’t) say - by Ramesh A Nagarajah
- Dear anti-racist allies: Here's how to respond to microaggressions - by Kristen Rogers
REFLECTION QUESTIONS - Share your responses here. All responses are confidential.
- What resonates with you from the suggested readings?
- What are you hoping to learn from these conversations?
Race, Sport, and Harvard: Conversations and Active Steps Towards Change will be a series of HVC events to give Black members of our community a platform to share their voices and experiences, discuss the role that athletics plays in breaking down barriers and bringing all people together, and provide resources and encouragement to all members of our community to become more educated on the ways in which we can all join the fight for social justice.
We have heard from our membership, we are listening, and we invite all members to take part in these important conversations to help shape Club decisions and activities.
-- Your Team for Life --