Cheyenne Tyler Jacobs

Cheyenne Tyler Jacobs shines a light on what is not seen. As a black woman, she understands her experience as a sexual violence survivor is both different from others and far too common. Using a combination of storytelling, research data, and spoken word poetry, she highlights the unique challenges facing survivors of color that are passively overlooked, or actively ignored.

PRIMARY TOPICS


  • Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
  • Mental Health & Wellness
  • Resiliency
  • Sexual Harassment/Sexual Violence
  • Storytelling
  • Women’s Leadership

 

GETTING TO KNOW 

CHEYENNE TYLER JACOBS

Cheyenne Tyler Jacobs is a writer and filmmaker from NJ who started breaking ground as @shewillspeak on Instagram. In 2018,  Cheyenne released her own poetry book, “The Tragic Type of Beautiful,” and curated three poetry anthologies that gathered hundreds of international submissions.

Cheyenne leads with an empathetic approach that she connects to research and literature. As a survivor of Sexual Assault, Cheyenne has been open with both her story and healing journey. With the purpose to spark change and remind others of their importance within the world.

Cheyenne has been featured on numerous platforms such as MeTOO, Girl Boss, Army of Survivors, Read Poetry, Black Love Page, and End Rape On Campus. In 2019, she founded the She Will Speak Series, created to work towards gender equity through activism and art. Additionally, Cheyenne gives back by providing educational scholarships for individuals looking to do social justice work within their community. Cheyenne was regarded as a social scholar by the GoTu and awarded the annual Crucial Point Award for her Transformational Educational Services.

She is a proud Board of Director Member for We Are HER and SafeBAE. Currently, Cheyenne resides in Atlanta, Georgia, and is continuing her work tackling the issues of racism, sexual violence, and trauma through her art and activism.

Keynotes

Twice as Hard: The Conversation We Need to Be Having

When Cheyenne Tyler Jacobs was growing up, she was warned about the system of added obstacles that would stand in her way just because of her appearance. As she got older, she learned the stereotypes imposed on her as a Black neurodiverse woman, created a harsh reality preventing access to the resources necessary to address her sexual assault. Cheyenne now exposes the social structures that told her that she “was not a real victim.”

In this keynote address, Cheyenne authentically combines global and national statistics about the abuses to Black bodies, woven through her own story through, shared with original spoken word poetry. She powerfully exposes the unique realities of a woman of color as a survivor of sexual violence. Cheyenne unpacks uncomfortable realities of the internal dialogues about marginalized communities that fuel the underlying systemic conditions of sexual assault and abuse. Finally, students will explore their own everyday narratives and personal choices so that they can find tangible strategies for positive change.

ORGANIZATIONAL IMPACT:
  • Learn how the intersections of systematic oppression and racism impact who is seen as “deserving” of resources in sexual violence prevention,
  • Unpack individual biases within a framework for self-reflections in our day-to-day lives
  • Learn how to advocate for increased access to resources for survivors of marginalized communities, and
  • Understand the need for a transgenerational trauma-informed approach to sexual violence prevention

 

IDEAL AUDIENCE:
  • Non-profit and community organizations.

Decoding the Phrase “Just Be Nice”

“Just be nice. They didn’t mean anything by mispronouncing your name that way.” “Just be nice. That joke wasn’t really offensive.” “Just be nice. You don’t need to report it this time.” How can you speak up as a leader when you’re told to bite your tongue? You know in your gut it isn’t right and needs to be called out but are told to “Just be nice.”

In this keynote, Cheyenne Tyler Jacobs will take us through the journey of understanding how “niceness” is utilized as a form of silencing. Participants will leave this keynote with an understanding of how privilege, gaslighting, and tone policing impact us all. She shares accessible actions to take in a workplace, classroom, even friend group to redirect conversations. Cheyenne teaches how speaking up as a better ally is really “Being nice.”

ORGANIZATIONAL IMPACT:
  • To adopt “inclusion” instead of “competence”,
  • To identify your own privilege, power, and authority,
  • To understand how niceness, gaslighting, and tone policing are part of the system of oppression, and
  • To create action items to be an ally to someone holding their ground.
IDEAL AUDIENCE:
  • ERGs that are seeking to highlight implicit bias and create stronger communities.
  • Leadership teams looking to engage and support staff better.

Building the Bridge to Maintaining Boundaries

We have all done it. We have all felt that no one understood us, and our mind sinking. Even when we have tried to say the affirmation, set the standards, and journal it just never worked. The boundaries and standards we create for ourselves and other just seem not to hold! What we do not realize is the lack of boundaries in our lives leads to burnout, resentment, and harm. This isn’t not limited to intimate partnerships but impacts all relationships from employment, family, friends, even with medical professionals.  All the connections and relationships we build over our lives need trust and respect.

In this keynote, Cheyenne Tyler Jacobs will give us the framework to create the boundaries to set us up for success and strengthen our relationships. Participants will understand what is needed to feel good within our relationships and how to hold other accountable when we do not. This keynote is not the end all to creating safer relationships, BUT it is the needed nudge we all need to prioritize ourselves and what we need from our spaces.

ORGANIZATIONAL IMPACT:
  • Learn to look at the “power and control wheel” to bridge together its connection to the red flags we have seen across all relationships,
  • Learn the six forms of power and seven types of boundaries,
  • Empower participants to hold others accountable when they do not feel respected, and
  • Encourage participants to set the standards for their joy and how to find it during the chaos.
IDEAL AUDIENCE:
  • ERG’s centering well-being.
  • Non-profit and community organizations looking to balance community work and their mental well being.

Speaker Resources

PROMOTIONAL MATERIALS

To help you promote your event with Cheyenne, EVERGREEN has created promotional templates. In this folder, you will find resources for social media and press photos that you can use for your event.
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LOGISTICAL MATERIALS

Below you will find logistical resources for the day of your event with Cheyenne.
In-Person AV Needs (PDF)
Speaking Introduction (PDF)