Talks with Tiffany: Maintaining Professionalism in the Midst of Black Mourning is an ongoing three-part series with Black female recreation directors who discuss aspects of being a Black woman in campus recreation. The series covers how these women work with their staff, work through micro/macroaggressions, maintain their mental and physical health, and face other challenges.

The first webinar in the series, “Balancing Professionalism in a Time of Unrest,” took place October 7 and is available for registrants to view on-demand until Friday, April 2, 2021. Candice Douglas, Assistant Director – Facilities at Western Kentucky University, calls the webinar “wonderful.” She says, “It was a perfect lesson in representation matters. Seeing black women in director’s roles was an inspiration. Hearing their coping methods during this time of unrest provided an excellent guide to navigating this time myself.”

The second webinar, “Pushing the Agenda Forward,” will take place Wednesday, December 2. This series is being facilitated by Director of Recreation Services at Colby College Tiffany Lomax who is presenting webinars featuring some of NIRSA’s leading Black women voices. These include Jocelyn Hill, Director of Recreational Sports & Fitness at American University, Felicia Tittle, Executive Director of  Recreation & Physical Education at Duke University, Tara Parker, Executive Director of the Department of Sports and Recreation at Kennesaw State University, and Wendy Windsor, Director of Recreation at Tulane University.

Why should you attend?

Are you a Black woman working in campus recreation who’s looking to gain insight and enhanced understanding of the skill sets, knowledge, and political candor needed to succeed as a professional throughout your career? Are you a hiring manager who’s looking to better understand the obstacles and barriers that Black women experience? If the answer is yes to either of these questions, this series has something for you!

For each webinar attended, learners qualify for a 1.0 CEU. This means you can earn up to 3.0 CEUs for attending the three-part series. Continuing Education Units can be applied to fulfill initial or renewal application requirements for NIRSA’s Registry of Collegiate Recreational Sports Professionals.

See related: “Professional credentials—what are they and why you should consider one

About the schedule

Individuals who register for webinars ahead of the live debuts will be sent a confirmation email with a link to the live Zoom event. All three webinars will be accessible to view on-demand to registrants after their debuts until Friday, April 2, 2021. Below are the upcoming webinars live debut dates and topics:

  • December 2, 2020 | Talks with Tiffany: Pushing the Agenda Forward
  • February 3, 2021 | Talks with Tiffany: Knowing Your Worth

Don’t miss your chance to access this valuable information! Registration is free to all types of NIRSA members, so students and professionals at institutional member schools can take advantage of these webinars at no additional cost. The webinars are also open to nonmembers at nonmember schools for only $49 each.

Register today

  • For more information about this series, contact NIRSA Assistant Director for Professional Development Brittany Rejda.