An online article in Phys.org reveals that microaggressions against female athletes in the media increased by nearly 40 percent from the 2012 Summer Olympic Games to the 2016 Summer Olympic Games.
Female athletes have a history of experiencing microaggressions, such as racism, sexism, the belittling of athletic accomplishments and being the brunt of sexual jokes. Researchers at the University of Missouri School of Journalism also report that Cynthia Frisby, an associate professor of strategic communication at Mizzou, found evidence of increased microaggressions against female athletes of color compared to white athletes.
Today is the day—Give to the Max Day! Your contribution to the Tucker Center helps support our cutting-edge and impactful research, outreach and educational programs for girls and women in sport, their families and communities. Whether your passion is women in sport leadership, girls & physical activity, media portrayals of sportswomen, or attending or viewing online video of our standing-room-only Distinguished Lecture Series, your donations help make it happen. So, please, Give now – Give to the Max!
Daheia Barr-Anderson, Ph.D., assistant professor in the School of Kinesiology and Tucker Center Affiliated Scholar, will be teaching a 2016-17 Global Seminar course (KIN 3720) in Nairobi, Kenya over the winter break as part of the U of M’s Learning Abroad programs. The course explores Kenyan culture and how physical activity can be used to empower youth, especially girls. More information is available in the attached flier.
The Tucker Center is proud to announce the winner of the 2016-17 Pam Borton Endowment for the Promotion of Girls and Women in Sport Leadership Fellowship, Caroline Heffernan.
The Pam Borton Fellowship was established in 2014 by friends and family members of Coach Borton. The mission of the Fellowship is to promote and support graduate students affiliated with the Tucker Center who examine significant issues surrounding leadership and gender within a sport context. Borton Fellows may also explore the mechanisms, role and impact of sport on leadership development among young girls and women.
2016-17 Borton Fellowship Award Recipient: Caroline Heffernan
“I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work with and learn from Drs. Kane and LaVoi this summer as the Borton Fellow. The Tucker Center’s work on women and girls in sport is unparalleled and internationally recognized. I’m honored to be given the chance to contribute in ways that will make a lasting impact.”
Caroline Heffernan is a doctoral student in the School of Kinesiology at the University of Minnesota, with an emphasis in Sport Management. Heffernan received her undergraduate degree in Psychology from Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania where she also played field hockey, basketball, and lacrosse. She served as Bryn Mawr’s Assistant Field Hockey Coach while attending Temple University, where she earned a Master’s Degree in Sport & Recreation Management. Heffernan is currently pursuing her Ph.D. under the supervision of Tucker Center Affiliated Scholar, Professor Lisa Kihl. her research focuses on how women and men can work as allies within sport organizations to create more opportunities for women to advance to higher leadership positions. As part of her Fellowship, Heffernan will work with Tucker Center Co-director Dr. Nicole M. LaVoi analyzing data from a recent nationwide survey conducted by the Women’s Sports Foundation. She will also play a key role in planning the Fall Distinguished Lecture Series which will highlight women in sport leadership positions.
Since the Tucker Center’s inception in 1993, our generous donors and supporters have helped us establish a number of scholarships and fellowships to promote our mission. We are pleased to announce yet another wonderful group of individuals who will truly make a difference in the lives of girls and women. —Mary Jo Kane, professor and director
Dorothy McNeill Tucker Fellowship Fund This Fellowship provides funding for graduate students examining issues related to gender equity within a sport and physical activity context.
Lauren Billing, Ph.D. student in Sport and Exercise Psychology (Beth Lewis, adviser)
A Colorado native, Lauren Billing received her B.A. in psychology and religious studies at Gonzaga University in Spokane, WA. After completing her Master’s degree at the U of M with an emphasis in Sport and Exercise Psychology, Lauren is currently a doctoral student in the same academic area under the direction of Professor Beth Lewis. Billing also consults in mental training with local athletes, teams, and exercisers. She will use her fellowship funding for nutrition accreditation as well as travel to international conferences in order to translate her research to practice.
Holly Crane, M.S. student in Sport and Exercise Psychology (Beth Lewis, adviser)
Holly Crane received her B.A. in Comparative Literature and Africana Studies from Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts. Upon graduation, she became a certified personal trainer, and is currently a Master’s degree candidate in Kinesiology specializing in Behavioral Aspects of Physical Activity under the direction of Professor Beth Lewis. Crane also teaches Weight Training and Conditioning and is a Teaching Assistant for History and Philosophy of Sport. Crane’s research examines unrealistic media images that damage female identity in and out of the gym. She will use her award for conference travel and to fund her research on the social and psychological factors that affect the female experience in the gym, including gender-role stress and dual identity contradictions.
Eloise M. Jaeger Scholarship The Eloise M. Jaeger Scholarship provides funding to support important issues related to girls’ and women’s involvement in sport and physical activity.
Anna Baeth, Ph.D. student in Sport Sociology (Mary Jo Kane, adviser; Nicole M. LaVoi, co-adviser)
Anna Baeth graduated from Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania with an undergraduate degree in Sociology/Anthropology where she also founded the not-for-profit organization, Chester Neighborhood Bike Works. Baeth earned her M.S. in Exercise and Sport Studies, with a focus on coaching collegiate women, from Smith College, and most recently was the Head Field Hockey Coach at Oberlin College and Conservatory. Currently, Baeth is a doctoral student in Sport Sociology being advised by Drs. Mary Jo Kane and Nicole M. LaVoi. She also serves as a Research Assistant in the Tucker Center. She will use her scholarship for travel to professional conferences, including the North American Society for the Sociology of Sport (NASSS), and to further her research on media representations of women in sport.
Edith Mueller Endowed Fund for Graduate Education The Edie Mueller Endowed Fund for Graduate Education is used to support graduate education, including but not limited to graduate assistantships, research support, travel to research conferences.
Holly Crane, M.S. student in Sport and Exercise Psychology
See her biography above.
The Tucker Center presented the School of Kinesiology’s China Champions with TC T-shirts at a graduation celebration hosted by the school and the College of Education and Human Development. This first cohort of China Champions were ten Chinese Olympic and world champion athletes and one Olympic coach who this past year attended specially designed courses in the School of Kinesiology, including academic seminars, workshops and English as a Learned Language classes in an exchange of culture, education and sport. Congratulations, Champions!
At a gala awards ceremony on Saturday, September 13, the Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sport was presented with a 2014 Upper Midwest Emmy Award in the Sports Documentary category for its video “Media Coverage and Female Athletes,” an evidence-based research project co-produced with tptMN. The film is a groundbreaking documentary that uses research-based information to examine the amount and type of coverage given to female athletes.
Expert scholars and award-winning coaches and athletes discuss this timely issue from a variety of perspectives, as they help dispel the common—but untrue—myths that no one is interested in women’s sport and that “sex sells” women’s sport. The film can be viewed in its entirety here.
The Tucker Center’s Summer Internship Program for Gender Equity in Sport welcomes two new interns this year. Elizabeth Labedz and Lauren Slagel are already hard at work on several research projects from coding data to developing a literature review as well as other projects that make the Tucker Center productive in ways that garner local and national recognition.
Labedz comes to the TC as a program coordinator from the national non-profit Playworks [link], via an undergrad degree in Gender and Women’s Studies at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Elizabeth says she’s excited to work in the Tucker Center because our research has a profound and direct impact on girls and women who engage in sport and physical activity. Read more about Elizabeth here…
Slagel hales from St. Olaf College, graduating this past May with a double major in biology and exercise science. She too is excited about the opportunity to be a part of the Tucker Center and work on projects that relate to her own passions for health and fitness. Read more about Lauren here…
The Internship Program for Gender Equity in Sport is designed to mentor, educate, and provide a quality research experience to aspiring students who work collaboratively with Tucker Center faculty and graduate students on important research projects. Interns receive a stipend and hands-on experience by participating in a full spectrum of research opportunities. The program benefactors “believe that gender equity in sport can catalyze gender equity in other socioeconomic and political arenas. Supporting the Internship Program allows the Tucker Center to attract the ‘best and the brightest’ students and to mentor them in ways that will enhance their commitment to gender equity through participation in sport and physical activity.”
Julia Dutove, research assistant and PhD candidate in the Tucker Center, has been honored by the Southdale YMCA as their Volunteer of the Year in an April 29 award ceremony for all City of Edina volunteers. Dutove donated more than 1000 hours of coaching time in 2013-14 to the Sharks swim team who placed 3rd overall at state championships this year.
We are very proud to announce the following recipients of Fellowships or Scholarships awarded through the Tucker Center. These prestigious awards are made possible by donations made by Friends of the Tucker Center to support the outstanding work of our graduate and undergraduate students. We wish these recipients the best of luck as they pursue their academic and educational careers. Congratulations!
Edith Mueller Park & Recreation Memorial Award
Alyssa Marie Schmelling, B.S. student in Recreation, Parks, and Leisure Studies (Connie Magnuson, adviser)
Eloise M. Jaeger Scholarship at the Tucker Center
Lauren Elizabeth Billing, Ph.D. student in Kinesiology: Sport and Exercise Psychology (Dr. Beth Lewis, adviser)
Edith Mueller Endowed Fund for Graduate Education in the Tucker Center
Skylar Schulz, M.S. student in Kinesiology: Sport and Exercise Psychology (Dr. Maureen Weiss, adviser)
Dorothy McNeill Tucker Fellowship Fund
Andrew Charles White, Ph.D. student in Kinesiology: Physical Activity and Sport Science (Dr. Diane Wiese-Bjornstal, adviser)
Tucker Center Graduate Fellowship for Gender Equity in Sport
Torrie Hazelwood, M.S. student in Kinesiology: Sport Sociology (Dr. Nicole M. LaVoi & Dr. Jo Ann Buysse, advisers)
If you would like to donate to any of Tucker Center fellowships and scholarships, click here to go to our website and do your part in supporting our outstanding students.