February 21, 2018  •  6:30PM

T-Rex: Her Fight for Gold is the coming-of-age story of boxing phenom Claressa Shields, who was just 17 years old when she won the Olympic gold medal for women’s boxing in 2012. The film traces her rise as an Olympic athlete from the streets of Flint to the podium in London, and the subsequent challenges and disappointments as Claressa watches fellow athletes receive recognition and endorsements while none come forward to support her, raising questions about race, class, and gender bias. Agents suggest she should soften her image, but Claressa is her own person, ready to push the boundaries while fighting for another gold and a better life.

Film screening followed by panel discussion/ Q&A.


Dr. Kerrie J. Kauer teaches in the Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies program at the University of Pittsburgh. Prior to her appointment at Pitt, Dr. Kauer was an Associate Professor at California State University, Long Beach in the Sociology of Sport. Her research, teaching, and activism include feminist and queer analysis of sport and human movement, the body and body image, and the intersections of sport and social justice. She’s authored numerous articles and book chapters, and her research has been published in Gender & Society, Sociology of Sport, and The Journal of Lesbian Studies. Dr. Kauer also serves on the editorial board for the sociology division of the Women in Sport & Physical Activity Journal.

Taunya Marie Tinsley, D.Min., Ph.D., NCC, LPC, has over 20 years working in the secondary and college/university academic, athletic and sporting environments. Dr. Tinsley has worked with the National Football Foundation, the National Football League (NFL). Most recently, she assisted the NFL Player Engagement with the mental health presentations at the NFL Rookies Symposium, the enhancement of the NFL Rookie Success Program, and the NFL Clinician Summit. Additionally Dr. Tinsley is the Owner of Transitions Counseling Service LLC and Life Skills Program that includes a ministry division, Love and Basketball Ministries, where she provides individual, marriage, family and group counseling and consultative services. Additionally, Dr. Tinsley is the Clinical Director of the Mount Ararat Baptist Church Counseling Center. Moreover Dr. Tinsley remains active in both the workplace and in the community advocating for and promoting organizations, helping professionals, and their clients. Dr. Tinsley served as the secretary of the Ethnic Concerns Committee of the National Association of Academic Advisors for Athletics. In 2006, Dr. Tinsley collaborated with the American Counseling Association to develop, facilitate, and enhance the Sports Counseling Interest Network.

Karen Hall has spent over 20-years coaching college women’s and men’s basketball at several Division-I institutions, Today Karen works as an ESPN3 College Women’s Basketball Color Analyst. She Produces and host her own TV-Show “The Hall Pass” at Point Park University. She is Co-host of the weekly Neil Haley Sports TV & Syndicated Sports Radio Call-In Show. She is the Associate Executive Director/Communications Director for Ozanam Program, Inc. Public Speaker on topics ranging from Networking, Academics & Athletic, to Embracing Change. Works Men’s and Women’s Basketball Conferences and NCAA Championships. She owns High Performance Hoops. In addition, she is a Physical Education consultant with local area schools.

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