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The Creator:

the seed that started it all

Roc is a trans masculine educator who received their Bachelor of Science in Sports & Leisure Management from Eastern Connecticut State University and received a M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of South Florida. Roc is a doctorate student in the Department of Sport Management at Florida State University. Roc's focus is on physical culture and the active body. Roc is the Founder of Rooted Resistance, LLC. Roc continues to make sense of their own experiences and find that the connections to others is not coincidental. Roc believes it's important to map out how individual stories and community narratives connect to structures that influence folx lives. Roc believes in collective responsibility and is committed to reimagining spaces for movement for the Queer and Transgender communities.

Formerly, Roc served as the Director of Educational Leadership for GO! Athletes: a network of present and former student athletes who advocated for education and inclusion in sport for LGBTQ athletes. Consulting and contributions include: National American Society for the Sociology of Sport (NASSS), National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), Nike LGBT Sports Summit, Elms College, Metro Wellness St.Petersburg, Happy Nappy and Fit (HNF), American International College (AIC), USF Intercultural Student Leadership Conference (ISLC), and REVIVED: Tampa’s Most Influential Black Owned Magazine. Roc is committed to justice and movement and believes political education is not only critical to understanding the history of oppression, power, privilege, and how they manifest on individual, cultural, and systemic levels but is necessary for us to resist the reproduction of the same thing and create something different and more just. 

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