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Tiffany Monique Quash, PhD, describes her mission in life as "Learning to Swim is a Human Right."  She serves as the Director of Operations with the International Water Safety Foundation, a non-profit organization, whose purpose is "raising drowning awareness while bringing basic swimming, water safety, and safe rescue skills to children."  Her research focuses on the intersectionality of race, gender, class, and one's historical relationships with swimming.  As a former collegiate swimmer and USA Swim coach, Tifany works to improve the perceptions of a Black body in an aquatic space by listening to the stories of other Black swimmers.  She recently completed her dissertation on the experience of Black Womyn Collegiate Swimmers from Historically Black Colleges and Universities and primarily white institutions.  


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dr. Christopher Tinson’s teaching and research focuses on histories of Africana radical traditions, black protest movements, U.S. Ethnic Studies, incarceration, and race and sports. His writings and reviews have been published in The Black Scholar, The Feminist Wire, Radical Teacher, Equity & Excellence in Education, SOULS: A Critical Journal of Black Politics, Culture and Society, and Black Perspectives, among others. His first book entitled, Radical Intellect: Liberator Magazine and Black Activism in the 1960s is published on UNC Press (2017). Tinson is a highly sought-after speaker and mentor who has led professional development workshops and lectured at numerous college campuses, high schools, and carceral institutions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Earl Walton is the Global Director of Coaching and Training at the IRONMAN Group – owners of the IRONMAN and Rock n Roll Marathon Series.  Swimming was the sport that gave Earl the opportunity for a college education and paved the way for a career in endurance sports.  Over the past 20 years, he has had the opportunity to coach college swimmers, build and run swimming programs in New York City, and ultimately develop a career as an endurance sport coach.  There is an incredible connection between setting goals as a young athlete and pursuing goals as an adult.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lisa McMullin lost a toddler to drowning many years ago.  She and her family have recently created SWIM ON Foundation to raise awareness about drowning and ways to prevent it.    They realized that there is a real need to raise awareness about the risks of drowning and about how, contrary to expectations, drowning is fast and is silent.  They also learned that even very young children can learn to roll over and float, that swim lessons can reduce drowning by as much as 88% and that drowning is the most preventable injury.  They were convinced that parents needed to be made aware of the layers of protection to prevent drowning.  SWIM ON Foundation uses the acronym S-A-F-E-R to help people remember the five layers of protection: Swim lessons, Adult supervision, Fences (and alarms and locks), Emergency Response and Regulation Flotation.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Originally from Saint Louis, MO, Ashaki Hall is an Atlanta transplant who recently completed her Master of Public Health degree at Morehouse School of Medicine with an emphasis in global health, health communications, and reproductive health. Ashaki has experience in the abortion care setting as a health educator, counselor, and as a financial coordinator. She is a professionally trained diversity and inclusion facilitator and conducts presentations and workshops centering around unconscious bias, health literacy, and culturally-competent sexual education. Nzingha is the founder of "This is Black Sex ED!" A multi-media trivia game focusing on pop-culture and reproductive justice through a Black lens. Her passions include youth engagement, women's health, reproductive health equity, and black liberation. Nzingha speaks Mandarin Chinese and Brazilian Portuguese. Nzingha loves traveling, swimming, and is the Headwriter and Co-Producer of "The Panel ATL" podcast. Nzingha is the Youth Engagement Coordinator at SisterLove, Inc. She is a member of the Marietta-Roswell Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.