WA1T: Our Voices
One of the core goals of WE ARE ONE TEAM (WA1T) is to use sport to create a dialogue on social justice issues by highlighting marginalized voices and by creating awareness of social injustice in our community. WE ARE ONE TEAM (WA1T) educational series WA1T: OUR VOICES was created to accomplish this goal. Each WA1T: OUR VOICES event features speakers from the BGSU community, the Bowling Green community, or outside guests who have experience with social justice issues in sport. The goal of each WA1T: OUR VOICES event is to provide a space for critical dialogue on social justice by using sport as a platform to create awareness of social injustice and to highlight marginalized voices in our community. Past WA1T: OUR VOICES events include:
Our official WE ARE ONE TEAM (WA1T) kick-off event: On the 2015 International Day for Peace, WE ARE ONE TEAM (WA1T) hosted a panel discussion titled “Can Sport be Used to Reduce Stereotypes and Facilitate Social Change?”. Panelists included: Yannick Kluch (WA1T President), Chet Hesson (BGSU Athletics), Dr. Nancy Spencer (HMSLS Faculty Member), Krishna Han (Office of Multicultural Affairs), Jasmine Matthews (Former BGSU Student-Athlete, Women’s Basketball), and Brittany Lastrapes (Assistant Coach, BGSU Softball). The event was attended by over 80 members of the BGSU and Bowling Green communities.
Other past panel discussions include the following:
- A panel discussion focusing on the topic “Social Justice & LGBT Inclusion in Sport” (Spring 2016)
- A panel discussion focusing on the topic “Race, Religion, and Social Justice in Sport” (Spring 2016)
On the 2015 International Day for Acceptance, WE ARE ONE TEAM (WA1T) hosted a speaker presentation event titled “What Does it Mean to be a Transgender Athlete? The Story of an Athlete in Transition.” The event’s speaker was Brent Darah, member of the BGSU cross country team, who made history as the first openly transgender cross country athlete in the NCAA. Brent’s presentation was attended by over 160 members of the BGSU and Bowling Green communities.
In the fall of 2016, WE ARE ONE TEAM (WA1T) hosted a speaker presentation in collaboration with the Muhammad Ali Center to honor the life and legacy of Muhammad Ali at BGSU and beyond. The event, titled “Generation Ali: Celebrating the Legacy of Muhammad Ali at BGSU”, featured two speakers from the Muhammad Ali Center who shared strategies of how members of BGSU and Bowling Green can honor the legacy of Muhammad Ali to truly make a change in our community. The presentation was attended by over 300 BGSU and Bowling Green community members.
WE ARE ONE TEAM (WA1T) also serves as a platform for scholars to make topics addressing social justice issues in sport accessible to the general public. Past research presentations include the following:
- A research presentation with the theme “Gender, Sex, and Identity in Sport: Trans and Intersex Athletes” featuring WE ARE ONE TEAM (WA1T) members and affiliated faculty from the Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
- A research presentation with the theme “Sport and the Construction of Gendered Identities” featuring WE ARE ONE TEAM (WA1T) members and affiliated faculty from the Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies