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Also see:
+ High School Athletics Panel (Sat, Mar 27)
+ Collegiate Athletics Panel (Sat, Mar 27)
+ The Truth About Love - PFLAG Parents Talk About Their GLBT Children (Sat, Mar 27)
+ The Women’s Sports Foundation’s Project to Eliminate Homophobia panel and the showing of “It Takes a Team” (Sun, Mar 28)
+ Athlete Scholarship Fund Raising Dinner (separate fee) (Sat, Mar 27)

DayBeginning Time Duration Event
Sat, Mar 27, 2004 12:30 PM
1:30 PM
1 hour Keynote on Race and Racism in LGBT Athletics


About National Center for Lesbian Rights (www.nclrights.org)  

NCLR is a national, lesbian, feminist, non-profit law firm.. Our mission is to create a world in which every lesbian can live fully, free from discrimination. For the past 27 years, through impact litigation, public policy advocacy, public education and free legal services, we have advanced the legal and human rights of lesbians, gay men and bisexual and transgender individuals across the United States. NCLR is confronting institutionalized homophobia in professional, collegiate and high school athletics through a nationwide campaign with its newest Homophobia in Sport Project.

About Center for the Study of Sport in Society (www.sportinsociety.org

The Mission of Northeastern University's Center for the Study of Sport in Society is to increase awareness of sport and its relation to society, and to develop programs that identify problems, offer solutions, and promote the benefits of sport. The Center employs the unique power and influence of sport to create positive social change. Sport in Society promotes the values of diversity, conflict resolution, violence prevention, equal sports opportunities - on and off the field, community service, education and research, and disability advocacy and inclusion. Sport in Society impacts middle and high school students, college student-athletes, professional athletes, and adult administrators.

About Women's Sports Foundation (www.womensportsfoundation.org)

Founded in 1974 by Billie Jean King, the Women's Sports Foundation is a charitable educational organization dedicated to ensuring equal access to participation and leadership opportunities for all girls and women in sports and fitness. The Foundation's Participation, Education, Advocacy, Research and Leadership programs are made possible by individual and corporate contributions. The Foundation is located in Nassau County, N.Y.

Keynote on Race and Racism in LGBT Athletics


  • Yolanda Jackson, WSF (moderator)
  • Dora Dome, NCLR
  • Peter Roby, Sport in Society
  • Robin Galas

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Yolanda Jackson:

In her current position as director of athlete marketing and promotions for the women's Sports Foundation, Jackson interacts with more than five hundred elite, Olympic, world class champion and professional female athletes, in more than eighty different sports, and communicates regularly with over a thousand others. She is responsible for consulting with corporations and athlete representatives on endorsement negotiations, as well as acting as liaison between athletes and the many organizations and corporations with which the Foundation is associated. Working closely with the USOC and the national sports governing bodies, Jackson spearheaded the first ever research study that addressed the needs of female professional and amateur athletes. She created and runs the Foundation's Speakers Service which includes over a hundred elite athletes; designs and presents education and development seminars for elite athletes and the sports marketing community, and assists in the planning of corporate sponsored events which feature women athletes. Jackson is also the liaison of the Foundation's Ad Hoc Committee on Racial Diversity which acts as the policing agent to insure that people of color are prominent in all levels of leadership in the organization. Considered an expert on promoting and marketing female athletes, she is often asked to speak on various topics concerning them.

A native New Yorker, Jackson received her bachelor's degree in sociology from Iona College in New Rochelle, N.Y., holds a master's degree in industrial psychology from Columbia University, and a certificate in Sports, Entertainment and Events Marketing from New York University School of Professional Studies.

Dora Dome, Esq.

Dora is a licensed attorney in Hawaii and California. She has been practicing law for seven years, in the areas of Special Education Law, Adoption Law, Criminal Defense and Municipal Law.

Dora has been an active volunteer in the communities she has lived in for 20 years. She began her volunteer work while an undergraduate at UCLA where she co-founded a minority student athlete organization that spoke to elementary age, inner-city youth about the value of education. Dora has spent years as an attorney volunteer for the Volunteer Legal Services, providing free legal services to people who could not otherwise afford them. She has advocated for children in child abuse and neglect cases as a Volunteer Guardian Ad Litem. Currently Dora is also the Board Chairperson of Our Family Coalition, an LGBT parenting organization, and volunteers with the Alameda County Bar as a speaker to elementary school children.

Dora received her Juris Doctor from the University of Hawaii-Richardson School of Law in 1996, and received her B.A. in Sociology, with a Business Minor, from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1988. In 1998 Dora was selected as one of the fifteen greatest players in UCLA Women's Basketball history.

Peter P. Roby

Peter P. Roby is the Director of Northeastern University’s Center for the Study of Sport in Society.

Roby, formerly vice president of U.S. marketing for Reebok International, brings 20 plus years of experience in athletics and marketing to the Center for the Study of Sport in Society.

At Reebok, Peter was responsible for the development and execution of marketing plans in the United States. He also oversaw strategic planning, grass roots marketing and sponsorships. Roby joined Reebok in 1991, and held the positions of Group Director of US Brand Marketing, as well as, Director of Key Account Marketing and Director of US Sports Marketing.

Before joining Reebok, Peter served six seasons as head basketball coach for Harvard University and three years as Harvard's assistant basketball coach. Before joining Harvard, Peter was the assistant coach at Stanford University, Dartmouth College and the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, New York.

Roby is a 1979 graduate of Dartmouth College where he was co-captain of the basketball team and earned a B.A. in Government.

Robin Galas:

Robin Galas attended Mills College from 1995 – 1997 and was a member of the crew team for nearly her entire tenure. During her first year, she served as co-captain of the novice team. The following year, she was awarded the Arthur Ashe Scholar Award recognizing combined excellence in academics and athletics by students of color.

She began working at the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) two and a half years ago in order to further justice and equal rights for all LGBT people. She is currently the Director of Operations at NCLR. She identifies as a bisexual, biracial (half Thai, half Polish-American) woman and understands the barriers that LGBT athletes of color often face both within the LGBT sports movement and athletics at large.

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