Allies for Gender and Racial Equality

Video recording of webinar now available!

The Iowa High School Athletic Association and the Center for Violence Prevention, University of Northern Iowa will host a webinar featuring Daryl Fort, National MVP Strategies trainer. Mr. Fort will be joined by state and national thinkers, educators, advocates and practitioners as they discuss and share what it means to be an ally in support of gender and racial equality. This webinar will focus on strategies for secondary schools and agencies who serve teens and adolescents.





Daryl FortDaryl Fort

Daryl Fort is a leadership and organizational development consultant, racial justice and gender violence prevention activist, speaker and educator. Focusing on developing healthy and thriving communities, and organizational and peer group culture, he has worked with community-based and non-profit organizations, as well as public and private sector institutions throughout North America, Eastern Asia, Europe, Iraq and Australia.

Daryl spent 14 years as a political and public policy advisor to former U.S. Congressman and Governor of Maine, John Baldacci. As a senior policy advisor to Governor Baldacci, Daryl coordinated administration initiatives and policy development involving sexual assault and domestic violence, reproductive rights, children and youth, higher education, multicultural affairs, homelessness, civil rights and Tribal Affairs among other issue areas.

Daryl has also worked with ownership and executive leadership, professional athletes, coaches, professional staff, administrators, and league officials from the NFL, CFL, NBA, Major League Baseball, NASCAR, the NCAA, and the Australian Rules Football League. Daryl has trained thousands of collegiate athletes and hundreds of coaches from the SEC, Big Ten, ACC, PAC 12, and dozens of other colleges and university students - both inside and outside or athletics.

A native of New Haven, Connecticut, and current resident of Portland, Maine, Daryl was a student-athlete (football) at the University of Maine and holds a BA in political science.  



Andy WinkelmannAndy Winkelmann, University of Iowa

Since 1990, Andy has worked at The University of Iowa Student-Athlete Academic Services (SAAS), as an Academic Coordinator with various sport teams and as a student-development advocate with thousands of UI student-athletes over the years. In 2011, he has transitioned into a role as Director for Educational Programming in SAAS coordinating and facilitating the execution of Hawkeye Life Programs (e.g., Community Engagement, Leadership and Health & Well-Being) with UI.

Andy has been involved in many gender violence prevention programs. He has been trained in MVP (Mentors In Violence Prevention) Program and the Coaching Boys Into Men (CBIM) programs. On The University of Iowa campus, he is involved and participates in many initiatives which include the UI Anti-Violence Campus Coalition, the Men and Masculinities Coalition and the Better Men, Better Hawkeyes program.

He also serves the UI Office of Sexual Misconduct Response Coordinator (OSMRC) Office as a program trainer, facilitator and coach implementing the CERBS (Cognitive, Emotional Regulation and Behaviors Skills) educational program with college students who have committed a sexual misconduct act.

Andy has worked with the state of Iowa Corrections Department (Iowa Domestic Abuse Program) and the Minnesota Corrections Department as a facilitator and program coach implementing the Achieving Change Through Values-Based Behavior (ACTV) curriculum with domestic abuse clients. This curriculum utilizes Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) which helps clients develop mindfulness strategies and increase their emotional and cognitive awareness, while identifying values in their lives.

Brad Rose


Brad Rose, West Des Moines Community School District

Brad is the Director of Activities and Athletics for the West Des Moines Community School District. He has served the students and families of West Des Moines for the past 12 years. Previously, Mr. Rose worked in Fairfield, Ankeny, and the Ottumwa School Districts. He has teaching experience at all three levels, elementary, middle school, and high school including six years teaching at an alternative high school. Brad is an advocate for all students having access to both educational opportunities as well as participation in all activities the schools offer.


Jen JacobsenJen Jacobsen, MA MPH, Macalester College

Jen serves as the Director of Sexual Violence Prevention Education at Macalester College.  Prior to this, she was the Director of Prevention and Wellness and deputy Title IX coordinator at Grinnell College for 11 years and also spent 18 years coaching Division III men’s and women’s track & field and cross country.  Jen has served on the NCAA Sexual Assault Task Force, the NCAA Step UP! advisory board, and currently serves on the Division III Alcohol and Other Drug advisory group.  She has also participated in related task forces for the American College Health Association and NASPA, seeing herself as a conduit between athletics and student affairs.  Jen’s primary areas of research interest include active bystanderism, the role of alcohol in both sex and sexual assault, and using a public health approach and anti-racist lens to this work.  She is also a certified Our Whole Lives (OWL) sexuality educator for grades 7-12 and adults 18-35. 


Jordan MixJordan Mix (they/them), Iowa Safe Schools

Jordan Mix is the Deputy Director of Education at Iowa Safe Schools. Jordan graduated from Drake University in 2016 with a bachelor’s degree in law, politics, and society, and a minor in sociology. They also hold a graduate certificate in gender and sexuality studies from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

While at Drake, Jordan started Iowa’s first prom for LGBTQ high school students, The Other Prom, which has been held annually since 2014. They also took the lead in writing Drake University’s Transgender Inclusion Statement and establishing gender-neutral bathrooms on campus. In 2019 Jordan worked with My Kid is Gay, an online resource for families and loved ones of LGBTQ youth to develop the first-ever downloadable care package for those looking to support transgender and non-binary youth. Jordan approaches their work with a listening ear and an engaged heart. Their goal is to empower educators to best serve all students and help them to understand the unique needs of LGBTQ students.


Kimberly Fitten

Kimberly Fitten, Iowa City Community School District

Kimberly Fitten is passionately dedicated to the “heart” work of diversity. She has over 14 years of experience in education and currently serves as Associate Principal at Liberty high school in the Iowa City School District. Kimberly is a published author, motivational speaker, social media influencer, personal development & manifestation coach. She is dedicated to serving and promoting equitable practices and diversity in all aspects that impact business, community, and education. Kimberly has a BA in Secondary Education, a MA in Administration and Evaluation, and is currently conducting research to obtain her PhD in Administrative Leadership, Evaluation, and Equitable Practices. Kimberly is also the founder of ReSet Consulting LLC and a founding member of CAPTIVATE Conference.


Ras SmithRas Smith, Iowa House District 62 Representative, Rise Advocacy Services

Representative Ras Smith represents Iowa House District 62, which includes Waterloo, Elk Run Heights, Evansdale, and Raymond. Smith, a Waterloo native, is the son of L.C. and the Rev. Dr. Belinda Creighton-Smith.

Smith graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with a Bachelor's degree in Exercise Science and a Master’s degree in Youth and Human Services.  Smith lives in Waterloo with his wife Amelia and their two daughters, Maria and Samara.  Locally, Smith serves on the Executive Advisory Committee for the University of Northern Iowa, Executive Board member of the Urban Agriculture Institute and Executive Board member of the YMCA of Black Hawk County.  

First elected to the Iowa House in 2017, Smith currently serves as the Ranking member for the House Education Committee as well as the Chairman of the Iowa Legislative Black Caucus.  Since his time in the legislature, Smith has been an advocate for; workers’ rights, social justice, education reform and has passed legislation to address police brutality, decreasing barriers to small business opportunities, in addition to creating alternative pathways for high school completion.

Since entering the legislature, Smith has been a recipient of the Cedar Valley 20 under 40 award (2017), a fellow of the Bowhay Institute for Legislative Leadership (2018), the Iowa Democratic Party Hall of Fame Inductee: Rising Star Award (2019), the University of Northern Iowa- United Faculty Legislator of the Year (2019), the Iowa Democratic Party Hall of Fame: We the People Award (2019), and Progress Iowa: Harkin Heroes Award (2020).

Out of session, Smith is the owner of Rise Advocacy Services which specializes in political consulting as well as grant writing, community engagement and resources development for organizations within the Cedar Valley area and across the state.