On Friday, February 15-February 16th the University of South Florida (USF), Tampa campus hosted a 2-day Rooted Resistance workshop and RootCamp for residence living in the Stonewall Living Learning Community. This residential living community at USF is an accepting community where LGBTQ+ and allied students can find and create an environment of awareness, respect, and advocacy across gender identity and sexuality.
The 2-day Rooted Resistance workshop was facilitated by Roc, the creator of Rooted Resistance and their comrade, Sam who is a poet, activist and community organizer in greater Tampa Bay.
The workshop consisted of sharing the history, purpose, and vision of Rooted Resistance. Students were engaged in a reflective dialogue around understanding spacial politics in environments that promote health, fitness, and wellness. The discussion included topics around accessibility and affordability to affirming fitness spaces, body image and anxiety about existing within on campus and commercial fitness centers. Topical themes also consisted of empowerment, community, self love and awareness.