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.

TOPICS


  • Authenticity
  • Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion
  • Mental Health
  • Personal Growth
  • Sexual Violence Prevention
  • Women’s Empowerment

KEYNOTES


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.

PROMOTIONAL MATERIALS

To help you promote your event with Cheyenne, CAMPUSPEAK has created promotional templates you can use. In this folder, you will find resources for social media, a promotional poster for printing, and press photos 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 Event AV Needs (PDF)
Speaking Introduction (PDF)

Follow Cheyenne Tyler Jacobs
I feel sometimes when we meet people in their winning seasons, we take it as a sign that we are not doing enough. 

When in fact, I think we are so used to a culture that only uphold people and celebrate people when they get it.

That it can be the job, the relationship, the house, etc but what if we also remembered that for every win or every goal that you see someone obtain there were so many hours of doubt, pain, confusion, and the growing pains of life.

As I sit in joy on my personal circle of friends, and their wins, I am excited because I know the story that they might not share on how they got there. it made me reflect even on myself how a lot of people are so amazed by my accomplishments, but they don’t know the years of pain, confusion, growth, and just life. 

Winning seasons are a blessing, and I am happy to see so many people obtaining what they have worked for. I hope that for those who are still in a different season I hope you remember at any point we can flip the script. But the journey that you’re on will only make that win that much better. I know it’s so cliché, but when you, sit with yourself when you reach that point you will be like wow no one can say I did not deserve this.

So again, so much love for everyone out here and every season of their life. Because every season teaches you something that you might not know you needed. 

And specifically to my people I’m just so proud of you all. 

[Thing about “winning season” is it usually comes after “struggle seasons”, “confused seasons”, “working around the clock seasons” and a “season of grief.” 

It also always aligns with “change” and “realignment seasons.”

Remember that when you meet someone thriving in their win!]
Dear, a curious individual

I got a message today asking me how I knew it was time to leave. Now I’m not gonna specify exactly the event that they were talking about but over the past few years I have had a lot of conversations with a lot of different people about leaving. 

#shewillspeak
Don’t judge but I mainly wrote this for myself. 🥹💕

[I hope your 2024 intentions are made out of a space of alignment and growth and not a place of comparison and frustration. 

It’s not a race. 
It’s not a competition.
Your timing is your timing.

Don’t miss your blessings looking at what’s being handed out to others.]
*clears throat*

I’m really tired of talking to women who’ve had their lives threaten, child support unpaid, and have had to call the cops feel they have to protect the very men hurting them. 

Want to know why folks can’t take accountability in the world? We don’t let them face the consequences of their actions. When we talk about abuse and sexual assault the numbers show Black and Non-Black POCs have a tendency to want to protect our community. I mean I get it! But protecting the very people who are hurting our women, children, men?

Let’s unpack (especially as Black women) why we feel our safety has to be put on the back burner. 

Because just know if you come to me (as some have experienced) we taking it to court, filing orders, and getting every legal entity involved! I’ve lost people due to the violence of someone they felt they had to protect and I refuse to lose anyone else. 

Now i understand for safety why this could be an issue but for those who just feel they need to be loyal to their race? No.

So idk who needs to hear this…your safety is a priority. Let them face their consequences.

[Dear Black Community (BW specifically)

The unjust criminalization of Black men is REAL. However, the ones that have been abusing, beating, assaulting, threatening your life?

Please let them go to jail. Let’s stop convincing folks to protect abusers by weaponizing race loyalty.]
remember only hit dogs holler…

[Being an ally, having DEI at work/orgs/etc, or having “diverse friends” 

Doesn’t stop at just inviting “diverse/marginalized” folks into the space. 

Some of y’all haven’t done the work (and it shows) and cannot take accountability for your own harm. Sit with that please.]
1 year loc’d 🌱

On October 30th 2022 @fee_locs started my #microlocs we called this chapter Trust. If I would’ve known I could look this good?! 

But in all seriousness people warned of the “ugly stage” or being “judged” or etc but I didn’t experience any of that. Instead I saw a beauty I honestly hadn’t felt before when I looked in the mirror. I feel a desire for calmness and a sense of freedom. 

I remember being in Panama and just being in the ocean, no worries of my hair. Just floating and I realized how subconsciously I’ve always hated how I looked. Also how judgmental people were about the hair that grew out of my head. My locs were me reclaiming my freedom and unlocking a beauty I never saw coming. 

Cheers to year one 🌱🥂 can’t wait to see the next chapter of my lovelies. #microlocs #locsisters

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.

Learning Outcomes

As a result of attending the program, students will learn:

  • 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-reflection 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
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 understanding 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.”

Learning Outcomes

As a result of attending the program, students will learn:

  • 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.
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.

Learning Outcomes

As a result of attending this program, students will learn:

  • To look at the “power and control wheel” to bridge together its connection to the red flags we have seen across all relationships,
  • The six forms of power and seven types of boundaries,
  • To empower participants to hold others accountable when they do not feel respected, and
  • To encourage participants to set the standards for their joy and how to find it during the chaos.
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