The Resistance Is Love

By Lisa Pryor  This concept of resistance has really intrigued me as I’ve thought about writing this blog post. I’ve heard many phrases that include the word, yet I had never really broken it down into a basic understanding of all the meanings resistance can have.  To resist simply means “to withstand the action or… Continue reading The Resistance Is Love

The Many Faces of Resistance 

By Nicole Carey  Hey, everyone! Welcome to March—a month that’s not just about praying we’ve seen the last snow and welcoming spring but also a time when we celebrate the incredible achievements of women around the globe. Yes, it is Women’s History Month. It’s a period dedicated to honoring the fearless women who’ve shaped our… Continue reading The Many Faces of Resistance 

Finding Safety in Women’s Sports: One Recreational Soccer League’s Mission to Become More Gender Inclusive

By Jennifer Ferguson Soccer is known as the beautiful game, the world’s sport, and I was one of the many kids in Indianapolis in the late 1980s who fell in love with it. Although it’s been 35 or so years since I kicked my first soccer ball with the Northeast Youth Soccer League in Lawrence,… Continue reading Finding Safety in Women’s Sports: One Recreational Soccer League’s Mission to Become More Gender Inclusive

Jamal Smith: Building Communities through Sports, Resilience, and Leadership

In this episode of the JUST Community podcast, host Nikki Carey chats with Jamal Smith, director of strategic partnerships and government affairs at IU Health. Jamal shares his unique journey, beginning with his passion for sports, facing health and physical challenges, and ultimately transitioning into strategic and community-based roles. He stresses the importance of sports… Continue reading Jamal Smith: Building Communities through Sports, Resilience, and Leadership

Cheers to the All-Stars

By Lisa Pryor As many of you know, February is All-Star time for the NBA. Every year since 1951, except for 1999 due to the lockout, NBA teams and players take a break from regular season action for 3–5 days and come together to celebrate the top 24 players from across the league. Over the… Continue reading Cheers to the All-Stars

Bridging Worlds through the Power of Sports: Fabio Yataco’s Journey of Identity, Solidarity, and Change

By Nikki Carey February holds a unique place in my heart. It’s the birthday month for my husband AND me, plus three of my kiddos will be celebrating their birthdays within the month (#HouseofPisces). It also stands as a beacon of cultural reflection during Black History Month. So there were several topics that I could’ve… Continue reading Bridging Worlds through the Power of Sports: Fabio Yataco’s Journey of Identity, Solidarity, and Change

Cultivating Connections: Part 2 of Nicole Carey and Wildstyle Paschall’s Insightful Conversation on Building Community

In Part 2 of their conversation, Nicole Carey and Wildstyle Paschall explore the deep-rooted legacy of Indiana Avenue and its relevance for the black community in Indianapolis. This dynamic conversation delves into the history of black neighborhoods, the critical need for acknowledgment, and the transformative power of embracing these roots. Nikki and Wildstyle passionately discuss… Continue reading Cultivating Connections: Part 2 of Nicole Carey and Wildstyle Paschall’s Insightful Conversation on Building Community

The Genius of Belonging

By Emily Tornquist I recently observed that cultures might best be measured by the conversations you can and can’t have. This sounds a little ambiguous, but think about the important of feedback to innovative teams. Without the experience of belonging, what culture issues and innovation blind spots are showing up in your team? If you… Continue reading The Genius of Belonging

Cultural Perspectives: Wildstyle Paschall on Belonging

In this episode of the JUST Community podcast, host Nicole Carey engages in a compelling conversation with Wildstyle Paschall, an individual deeply involved in arts and culture in Indianapolis. Uncover the essence of place and the significance of belonging in Indianapolis through the eyes of Wildstyle in this thought-provoking episode. Show Notes: Links Mentioned in… Continue reading Cultural Perspectives: Wildstyle Paschall on Belonging

Know Thyself

By Lisa Pryor Belonging has taken on a very important meaning in DEI work, especially over the last 3–5 years. The importance of belonging can be found on most school and corporation websites under their commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. I personally think that it is great. But I am also very aware that… Continue reading Know Thyself