Denise Aquino and Patricia Destine are two women of color who are dedicated to promoting diversity within the sport of rowing. Both are former rowers turned coxswains turned coaches in the sport. Together they have almost 25 years of experience on the erg, at regattas, in the launch, or at the boathouse. No stranger to navigation or microphones, these former coxswains amplify what it’s like to navigate the topic of race within the white-dominated sport of rowing. Like most bodies of water, the tide is changing; there are more American rowers of color than there has ever been. You’ll hear from people who represented the U.S. in international races to folks who just started to row this year. Tune in to listen to a mix of interviews, special co-hosts, and tag-team shows from hosts, Denise and Patricia. Whether a rower or not, you’re not going to want to miss. Hit subscribe and enjoy.
Reflecting on 2020, with Denise & Patricia
#043 - Denise Aquino and Patricia Destine are respectively the Founder and CEO of Rowing in Color. In this episode, listen to them reflect on 2020, answer questions from the RIC community, and talk about what's in store for 2021.In this episode, we...
How to Respond to Rowing Related Microaggressions (and How to Be an Ally) with Jorlui Sillau
#042 - Jorlui Sillau is a mental health professional based in New York City with experience rowing through a veterans rowing program.In this episode, we talked about:How can we better respond to microaggressions [6:51] Ask clarifying questions (and why)...
Jennifer Fitz-Roy: Rowers with Disabilities Are Not Going Anywhere, Katherine Valdez Guest Hosts
#041 - Jennifer Fitz-Roy is a black PR2 rower at the Community Rowing, which is also the USRowing Para Training Center.In this episode, we talked about:What PR2 means and what classifications of pararowing there are [2:18]How she got into rowing...
Michael D. Green: Subjectivity and Unpacking Inequities in Rowing
#040 - Michael D. Green is of Jamaican descent and a Senior heavyweight rower at Dartmouth College. In this episode, we talked about:How he got into rowing [4:18]His thoughts on authenticity [13:22] Michael’s insight on access-related inequities as a...
Beata Coloyan & Jasmine Howard: How They Built a Diverse and Competitive Public School Girls Rowing Program at Boston Latin School
#039 - Beata Coloyan and Jasmine Howard coached the Boston Latin School Rowing team to a nationally competitive public school team. As coaches of color themselves, both have worked to make the teams’ demographic make up match the percentage of students...
Diego Baugh: Stanford Senior Shares Thoughts on Program Cut & Advice for Coaches
#038 - Diego Baugh is a Senior on the Stanford Men’s Rowing Team and alumn of Saugatuck Rowing Club.In this episode, we talked about:How Diego got into rowing [4:13]What Diego brought up that has never been brought up before on the Rowing in Color...
This podcast is just what we need in our sport & in this world! Thank you for putting yourselves out there & taking risks for these conversations. Uncomfortably comfortable is good.
Powerful & Timely
This podcast is exactly what the rowing world needs to hear right now! Denise and Patricia do an incredible job of amplifying the voices of BIPOC within our rowing community and provide a space for their experiences to resonate with the listener. Rowing In Color give us all the opportunity to listen, learn, reflect and grow into better people and better stewards of rowing. This is a must- listen and a must-learn-from podcast for the global rowing community.
Every Rowing Coach Needs This
As a former coxswain and aspiring coach, this podcast is a must to listen to. When USRowing put together their webinar featuring Rowing In Color, I shared it with everyone I knew involved with rowing at both my college and high school. People ARE listening to this podcast and I hope that rowing as a whole becomes more equitable, this podcast is that first step. Thank you Denise and Patricia!!!