Episode 13: Co Founders: viral anti-racist allyship resource, Justice in June

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“Inclusion is where you take this to the next level and you’re listening, and you’re learning and you’re uplifting those who don’t tend to always get the opportunity and that space.”

The purpose of the Student Fitness Experts Podcast series is to empower and educate anyone that works with kids, in a way that benefits the whole child to become successful, strong, and empowered young adults. In this episode of the SFE Podcast, Karen Gilbert, alongside her co-host, Farah Zweig, interviewed Bryanna Wallace and Autumn Gupta, who are the founders of Justice in June, a digital compilation of resources making allyship a lifestyle habit.

The dynamic duo, in today’s special podcast, talk about inclusion and diversity and making people aware of the importance of voicing the needs of those who cannot or do not speak up. They make us realize that if it were for somebody close to us, we would not stay mum listening to the wrongs happening against the minorities. The duo are just the best voices to listen to, considering the immense strength and determination they carry and radiate throughout this episode. We also get to know how to train our kids from their early childhood days, to understand and accept diversity and the need to give and have equal opportunities for every individual.

Tune in to learn how you can bring understanding in your kids and set them up for ultimate success.

About the Guest:

Bryanna Wallace and Autumn Gupta are the dynamic duo behind the viral anti- racist allyship resource, Justice in June. This resource was designed for the purpose of providing a starting place for those who wanted to become better and more active allies to the black community. Bryanna and Autumn met as freshmen at the University of Southern California in 2015. Bryanna presently works full time as the brand manager for a professional hair-products company, overseeing innovation, product development, and portfolio optimization. Autumn graduated this May and will be starting as an eighth grade Science teacher in the fall. She is the co-founder of an educational start-up called Key Learning, an app-based program aimed to enable and empower refugees with skill based learning to better their chances and employment in desired asylum countries. Bryanna says she grew up surrounded by a lot of opportunities and that her parents were the support system that helped her find her path and succeed in the choices she made. Bryanna’s dad was also Jamaican and so she could empathize with and understand people coming from a different or unique background. Autumn’s father was also an immigrant, he was from India. Autumn says she grew up in a small town and did a lot of manual labor growing up, which made her understand the importance of hard work right from childhood. The duo are two highly motivated and firm individuals who are working on their cause with a lot of sincerity, trying to spread their word across the globe.

TimeStamps:

  • [00:45] About Bryanna and Autumn, a snippet of their Journey
  • [03:28]  Autumn on what teaching looks like, to her
  • [04:57]  How the duo decided to start “Justice in June”
  • [09:23]  Their backgrounds and coming together for “Justice in June”
  • [19:39]  The duo on what influenced them to get on the path they have taken
  • [31:02]  Autumn and Bryanna’s suggestions to coaches
  • [31:38]  Inclusion and inclusivity
  • [32:02]  Bringing kids to understand diversity
  • [36:01]  The duo on how they would advise their 13-year old selves 
  • [42:29]  What “fearless” means to Bryanna and Autumn 
  • [45:17]  The duo talk about the role of fitness in their lives
  • [46:27]  How singing and dancing made Bryanna feel like!
  • [48:59]  Autumn getting away from using negative coping mechanisms to manage her emotions
  • [52:17]  The duo’s special advice to educators and coaches
  • [54:39]  Connect with the duo
  • [55:21]  “Justice in July”?

Quotes:

“It was incredibly rewarding to have a friend who could see all aspects of me and reciprocate or respect my views.”

“If I was the one who was killed, what would you be doing now that you’re not doing, perhaps because you didn’t personally know George Floyd or because you’ve not been a part of this conversation before?”

“We want to normalize the changing of the perspectives when presented with their information.”

“The people who love you and care about you don’t challenge you because they don’t think that you can do it.”

“In all of my mentors, the biggest thing has been that they’ve been constant.”

“The most important piece is making sure to continually amplify the voices of those who fall and more marginalized or oppressed groups. It’s super crucial to hold in on the specificity that is required for each individual.”

“Inclusion and inclusivity is the room that’s beyond the locked door diversity.”

“Inclusion is where you take this to the next level and you’re listening, and you’re learning and you’re uplifting those who don’t tend to always get the opportunity and that space.”

“If it’s not fitting into what your goals or missions are, you don’t have to do it just because you have this idea of how things look or because people expect this of you.”

“I see fearlessness as more of how you triumph through something, as opposed to the emotions you focus on when you are in that space of feeling scared, afraid, timid.”

“Fear is not that end thing, it’s just something in the middle and there is a beyond after you get through the fear. I think of fearlessness as being truly vulnerable and embracing that vulnerability.”

Connect with Bryanna and Autumn:

E-mail : justiceinjuneofficial@gmail.com

Twitter : https://twitter.com/autumn_bry

Instagram : Bryanna – https://www.instagram.com/brybry1217

                   Autumn  https://www.instagram.com/autumngupta

Google Play Store App : SnapHabit – Accountability and Habit Share

Website : https://justiceinjune.org/

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