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Gyasmine George-Williams

California State Polytechnic University, United States


Gyasmine George-Williams, Ph.D. is an activist, socio-cultural practitioner, and Assistant Professor of Race, Sports and Social Justice at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona in Southern CA. She earned her bachelor's in Psychology from California State University, Los Angeles, her master's in College Counseling and Student Development, and her masters in Educational Counseling with a Pupil Personnel Services Credential from the University of La Verne, and earned her Ph.D. in Higher Education as well as a certificate in Strengths-Oriented Leadership in Higher Education from Azusa Pacific University in Azusa CA. In addition to serving as faculty, she currently serves on the Faculty in Interest Needs Committee on NCORE (National Conference on Race and Ethnicity) and is a board member for the Coalition for the Diaspora for Black Student-Athletes (CADSA). As a professor and socio-cultural higher education practitioner, she actively equips her students with the tools to engage and develop multicultural competencies, challenge ideologies, and formulate a critical lens. At La Verne and previous institutions, she has created formal mentoring programs for students of color aimed at sustaining a safe and welcoming climate for students, faculty and staff.

She is a frequent presenter at conferences throughout North America and internationally, including the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity in American Higher Education (NCORE), the North American Society for Sociology of Sport (NASSS), the Black Student-Athlete Summit, International Activism Conference, Advancing Women in Leadership Conference, and at the University of Western Cape in South Africa. Dr. G has created research-based models curated to honor and center the experiences of activists. The Activism Growth Model™ is a guide for activists in this very timely moment on how to utilize their voices for change. Her second model, The Black Athlete Activist Leadership™ model is designed to enable stakeholders (including coaches, administrators, and institutions and the broader community) to serve athlete activists and activists of color holistically. She is the author of “Love is at the root of resistance: Strategies of activism, advocacy and Liberation” where she unpacks both models and more. She is also the founder of 7Ten Legacy LLC, consulting, publishing, and research rooted in advocacy.

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