Working with Shanye and Disc/Diversity helped me understand that racism works on both an institutional and individual level. And with that knowledge, helped me identify action steps that I could make sustainable through the support of community. And that that community was often my frisbee team. Additionally, I think working with D/D kind of helped me think of care as an attitude and a way that you can move through the world. To redistribute resources that you have- whether that’s time, money, a skillset, emotional support- that, at least in my case, has really been accumulated as a result of racial hierarchies
Athena sessions with Disc/Diversity focused a lot on the differences between impact and intention on a personal and a broader scale. And we really focused on how intention cannot negate harm.
Thank you for guiding us, for sharing with us, and for welcoming us into this work. I'm grateful for the opportunity to meet you and for the chance to do and be better moving forward. Of course we will continue on and on, until liberation is really real for all. I'm glad I got to share this part of my journey with you.
I feel like the equity sessions really strengthened my vocabulary. I use words like diverse and inclusion all the time. However, when asked to define these words I realized I needed to take a step back and think about what they mean to me, and I got to hear what they mean to my teammates. And I think having a better understanding of the meaning of these words, is what is going to set the foundation for our team to actually be more diverse, and inclusive, and aware of our own privilege.
We thought Disc/Diversity did a really great job during our first session. It was clear our players had thought about issues around race for a while, but the D/D sessions offer an avenue to start that conversation a little bit more out loud than it has been in the past. We’re really excited to start building a cultural norm of talking about race. Where within our society it’s taboo to have those conversations, we really want our players to be talking amongst each other and then outside of our team as well. D/D did a really great job of helping us jump into the deep end of this uncomfortable conversation.
Shanye, Thank you so much for all the time, effort, and soul you put into these sessions with us. A lot (if not most) of "diversity trainings" fall seriously short and seem to be done more out of obligation and political correctness than a genuine desire for change, so I want to especially thank you for how real, engaging and impactful these sessions were. Your conviction and openness are contagious, and I hope you can share them with many more teams to come!
Hi Shanye! Thank you for the amazing experience getting to meet you and getting to have such open conversations with you. You have such a warm and welcoming spirit, and it was always exciting to talk with you. Thank you for taking the time to share your own experiences with us and further educate us about how to be more equitable. You have left a lasting impression on us all, and it was an honor getting to know you! I wish you all the best!
Thank you so much for leading our sessions. Your attitude and energy is so uplifting and positive, I enjoyed joining the zoom meeting and first seeing your wonderful smile. Thank you for sharing your experiences. I will not forget the lessons you've taught us and will strive to continue this journey towards fighting for equity.
You two are the most energetic, honest, and patient people. You helped all of us look inward and outward. After each session several of us would talk it over after it was done because we were so moved and excited. Lots of love!
I really appreciate everything you did to increase our awareness of racial issues in ultimate and society. These conversations have been a constant in my household since these discussions have started so I hope you know that y’all has a hugely positive impact on us.
Thank you Shanye and Chupzi! You inspire me with your energy and passion. I hope to taKe a few of the things we talked about into the future so that I can help make the world a slightly better place just as you do everyday.