We’re proud to introduce The Voices of SoulCycle: Our new series of panel discussions co-curated & led by our Queer & BIPOC instructors.
Each discussion will shine a light on issues that are important to our community. Through our instructors personal perspectives and experiences, and guest experts' insights, expect each conversation to be uncomfortable, enlightening, sometimes heartbreaking, but always empowering, and—most importantly—a call to action.
In order to maintain a safe space, we ask that all participants review & follow our Virtual Code of Conduct.
Join us, and let’s create meaningful change together.
July 8 @ 1pm ET | Live on Zoom, 1hr
NYC Master Instructor Marvin, Moderator SoCal Instructor Tash Vancouver Instructor JD NYC Instructor Ariel
The panel discussed what intersectionality means to them, shared their experiences with it, and how they feel the narrative has shifted on it in the last few years. Each instructor shared their memories of identity awareness, bringing their powerful perspectives to the social dynamics of race, gender, and sexuality intersectionality, and empowering attendees to continue the conversation.
Intersectionality, Explained, Vox article
Intersectionality Resources for LGBTQ+ people of color, Diverse & Resilient’s Room to Be Safe anti-violence program
Sharable Instagram post breaks down intersectionality among the BIPOC & Queer communities
July 8 @ 4pm ET | Live on Zoom, 1hr
NYC Master Instructor Marvin, Moderator NYC Master Instructor Melanie Las Vegas Instructor Jarreau
NYC Master Instructor Jenny Gaither, founder of the Movemeant Foundation—an organization that designs programs to enable young women to embody confidence and develop healthy habits, so they can be successful in their future and fierce in their determination.
As the most inspiring instructors in fitness, they empower others on a daily basis—while working to keep themselves motivated behind the scenes. The panel talked about their unconventional career paths, following the pursuit of loving what you do, and how the current cultural climate could potentially lead to lasting global change across the workforce and beyond.
How to make an impact with your profession:
Research how you can apply your skills to volunteer work. VolunteerMatch is a great place to start searching for opportunities, or you can begin a new initiative in your community.
Find ways to use your role to influence hiring practices and/or representation (i.e. recruiting/casting more diverse talent).
Become a mentor with organizations like Women Who Create.
How to be an ally in your workforce:
Urge your company to expand and amplify their DEI policies & practices. Research LGBTQ+ employee resources, like these from the Human Rights Campaign.
Urge your company to diversify their hiring policies & practices. A good place to begin is with #HireBlack—a movement started to help 10,000 Black womxn get trained, hired, and promoted.
Join or organize internal DEI groups or meetings.
Talk to your BIPOC & Queer coworkers. What do they feel is missing from the workplace? How can you help advocate for them?