What does WE ARE ONE TEAM (WA1T) do and what does it stand for?
WE ARE ONE TEAM (WA1T) is an umbrella initiative for multiple minor projects that promote social justice through sport at BGSU, including but not limited to projects addressing gender equality, LGBTQ+Q+ Issues, racism & racist Assumptions, sexism & sexist assumptions, body Image, and stereotypes & bullying. As a first-of-its-kind interdisciplinary and interdepartmental initiative, WE ARE ONE TEAM (WA1T) uses sport as a forum to create a dialogue and to promote friendship between stereotyped groups on campus, including but not limited to BGSU Athletics, minority groups, faculty and administration, and the general student body. Through the power of sport, WE ARE ONE TEAM (WA1T) aims to strengthen the sense of community at BGSU by creating awareness of social injustice and by facilitating an environment that values inclusion, diversity, and acceptance. As a university-wide movement, WE ARE ONE TEAM (WA1T) represents a strong group of advocates for positive social change who are united by their mutual love and passion for sports.
When does WE ARE ONE TEAM (WA1T) meet?
Throughout the 2016 fall semester, our general meetings will be held every Monday from 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM in the Kuhlin Center (former South Hall), Room 410. Feel free to stop by to get to know (y)our team and find out how you can help us make a change at BGSU through the power of sport!
I can’t make the weekly meeting time, because I have class or other responsibilities at that time. Can I still join WE ARE ONE TEAM (WA1T)?
Of course! In fact, we often form committees that work on our projects and meet at different times. If you would like to join WE ARE ONE TEAM (WA1T) but cannot make the weekly meetings, please email Yannick, WA1T president, or Kyle, WA1T Recruitment Chair.
Who can join WE ARE ONE TEAM (WA1T)?
WE ARE ONE TEAM (WA1T) is open to all members of the BGSU and Bowling Green communities. Our body of membership is comprised of undergraduate students, graduate students, staff, faculty, and Bowling Green community members. We believe that we can only achieve meaningful and progressive social change if people from a variety of backgrounds work closely together. ALL ARE WELCOME!
I am a student at BGSU. How can I join WE ARE ONE TEAM (WA1T)?
You are more than welcome to attend one of our weekly meetings, which are held every Monday from 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM in the Kuhlin Center (former South Hall), Room 410, during the 2016 fall semester. If you would like to reach out to one of our WE ARE ONE TEAM (WA1T) leaders beforehand, feel free to email our president, Yannick, or our Chair of Recruiting, Kyle. You can also find out more about WE ARE ONE TEAM (WA1T) on our Facebook.
We are an office, school, department, student group, or similar organizational entity on campus. How can we join the WE ARE ONE TEAM (WA1T) initiative?
WE ARE ONE TEAM (WA1T) is constantly looking for ways to strengthen its impact in the BGSU and Bowling Green communities. Because we rely on a strong network of resources to create meaningful social change through the power of sport, we are always looking for new collaborators, partners, and supporters to join our initiative. If your office, school, department, students group, or similar organizational entity aligns well with the vision and identity of WE ARE ONE TEAM (WA1T), please do not hesitate to contact Yannick, WA1T President, or Rachel, WA1T Community Outreach Chair, to join our initiative. To have a look at a comprehensive list of our current collaborators, please click here [link to “partners, supporters, and collaborators” page]. We look forward to hearing from you!
I am a student-athlete and do not have a lot of time outside of practice and school. Can I still join WE ARE ONE TEAM (WA1T)?
Absolutely! In fact, approximately a third of our active members are athletes or former athletes. We know that athletes do not have a lot of free time, so we offer different levels of involvement with WE ARE ONE TEAM (WA1T) to accommodate athletes’ demanding schedule. If you want to join us in promoting social justice through sport at BGSU, please join us this semester!
I am not really interested in sports. Can I still join WE ARE ONE TEAM (WA1T)?
Absolutely! Many of our members have never been athletes or even played a sport. At WE ARE ONE TEAM (WA1T), we only use sport as our tool to address social justice issues. If you are passionate about social justice and would like to be the change you want to see in the world, then don’t hesitate to contact us to become part of (y)our team!
What is the WE ARE ONE TEAM (WA1T) Leadership Board?
One of the core goals of WE ARE ONE TEAM (WA1T) is to bring together different entities across the university, as we can only make a true impact if we work together and use our resources effectively. The WE ARE ONE TEAM (WA1T) Leadership Board ensures constant exchange and collaboration between all parties involved with the WE WE ARE ONE TEAM (WA1T) initiative. Our Leadership Board meetings will ensure that all parties involved stay informed and use our potential for collaboration that serve our common cause: creating an environment that values inclusion, acceptance, and diversity. The monthly meetings ensure that every entity involved is updated on everything related to WE ARE ONE TEAM (WA1T) and/or other diversity/sport-related events that take place at BGSU.
Who can join the WE ARE ONE TEAM (WA1T) Leadership Board?
Ideally, each party supporting/involved with WE ARE ONE TEAM (WA1T) will appoint one representative to serve on the Leadership Board, who will then be responsible for reporting back to their office/department/school/organization after each meeting. All WE ARE ONE TEAM (WA1T) Chairs and student leaders are required to attend the Leadership Board meetings. As we build more relationships and partnerships across campus, the Leadership Board will grow in order to increase the visibility and outreach of WE ARE ONE TEAM (WA1T) across campus.
How can I be part of the WE ARE ONE TEAM (WA1T) photo campaign?
Thank you for your interest in being part of the WE ARE ONE TEAM (WA1T) photo campaign to promote an environment that values inclusion, acceptance, and diversity through the power of sport at BGSU! Please use our sign-up form to sign up to be part of our campaign to show that, as Falcons, WE ARE ONE TEAM (WA1T)!
Remember: You do not have to be an athlete or involved in sports to be part of the photo campaign. Upon filling out the sign-up form, a WE ARE ONE TEAM (WA1T) representative will reach out to you to set up a date and time for your photo shoot. If you have any questions about the photo campaign, your involvement in the campaign, or any other issues related to the campaign, please contact our WE ARE ONE TEAM (WA1T) Marketing & PR Chair Omar.
All members of the BGSU and Bowling Green communities are invited to be part of the WE ARE ONE TEAM (WA1T) photo campaign!
Does WE ARE ONE TEAM (WA1T) provide any career opportunities?
Since our members work on a voluntary basis, we do not offer any full-time or part-time paid positions. However, we do offer unpaid internships for BGSU students in the following areas: Marketing, Communication/PR, Social Media, and Event Planning/Project Management. If you would like to apply for an internship, please send a cover letter and CV to Yannick Kluch. If interested, check out our current internship positions.