As a first-generation low-income child growing up in Sacramento, California, my mother instilled in my sisters and me from a very young age that sports and education were our way out of our rough situation. And she was right; sports have taken me very far in life. Sports have played an integral part in my development both as a person and a scholar.
Many moons ago, I decided to move across the country and attend a random school in Ohio that nobody in my immediate circle knew anything about. And the rest is history.
By the time I graduated from that random school in Ohio, I was a 2x DIII National Champion in women's track and field. I am the first female national champion in school history and the only multiple-time national champion, regardless of gender, in the history of Oberlin College. And yes, I did this all as a queer Black woman at a predominantly white institution that just so happened to be the first college in the United States to accept Black students. As you will notice on my CV, my love of sports has spilled over into the classroom in many ways. For example, during the fall of 2021 I was a teaching assistant for a Political Science first-year seminar titled "Sport, Politics, and Public Opinion" and played an integral role in updating the syllabus for the course.
I believe that sports teams represent laboratories for leadership and democracy at large. I argue we can learn a lot about American politics by paying attention to what takes place within sports institutions.
"Monique Newton, The LeBron James of Oberlin" October 30, 2020 Oberlin Review
"Former national champion pursuing passions, encouraging others to use their voice" March 21, 2022 NCAA
Podcast Episode: D3 Glory Days Podcast May 17, 2022