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.
Link to Promotional Materials.

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
Dear Fellow Recovering Perfectionist,

The plans may not go your way…but I promise it can and will still be great. I know it’s hard your friend here knows it’s hard BUT let life surprise you!
PT 1: Storm, mistress of the elements. ⛈️

An omega level threat.

#XMen97 #momocon2024 #blerd #blackcosplayer #latinacosplayer
POV: You thought it was gonna be a stale presentation for SA awareness month. But here comes this 6’2” Black girlie with style and an engaged presentation. 

But seriously one thing I keep in mind throughout my programs is to be engaged and current. I remember sitting through programming for Sexual Assault awareness month and feeling like I was being talked at not talked with. 

Happy that throughout this month I have been able to talk with so many! Longer post coming at the end of the month. 👏🏽
My locs are 18 months old this month 🔒🫶🏽❤️
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Thank you again to @fee_locs for laying the best set known to the loc community. 

#tinylocs #microlocs
Consent at gun point isn’t Consent it is Coercion. If you had to force a “yes” you didn’t get consent. 

👉🏽 “but you did it last time”
👉🏽 “come on if you like me you’d do it”
👉🏽 (withholding communicating)
👉🏽 (questioning sexual orientation)
👉🏽 (showing anger)
👉🏽 “you just need to loosen up, here drink this” 

Tweet [Coerced Consent is not Consent! 

The foundation ideology that you had to manipulate, lie, pressure, and or threaten to get a ‘yes’ was and will forever be a NO. 

Consent is given freely and openly and can always be taken back. Anyone who says does otherwise isn’t looking for your consent. They just want to hear the ‘yes’ so the can’t be penalized for assault.]
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

Cheyenne was absolutely wonderful to have on campus! The intention and energy with which she does this work is incredible to see, and deeply impactful. She not only provided a wealth of knowledge through her “Twice as Hard: The Conversation We Need to be Having” keynote, but connected this knowledge to current examples in society and the very real steps that each individual can take to make a difference in their own lives and the lives of others.

— Karmen Brown

Associate Director of Prevention Education, Muhlenberg College

Cheyenne was nothing short of amazing. She listened to us and what we were aiming for. Her presentation was outstanding.

— Valentina LaRocca

Student Leader, St. John's University

Cheyenne is a beautiful soul inside and out. She is a dedicated, personable, and engaging speaker who interlays her personal experiences with research. I would love her to come back to the university and speak again. The students, faculty, and staff love the talk, and I am sure the campus will be raving about it for weeks.

— Sarika Griffin

Associate Director of the Violence Intervention and Prevention Center, Creighton University

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.
It’s Giving Red Flags

In pop culture, a red flag is a sign or behavior that indicates a relationship might be toxic or unhealthy. Oftentimes, red flags can be deal breakers in dating or a relationship, yet we all know someone who has been or is currently in a relationship littered with red flags. That someone could even be yourself.

While we set boundaries and standards we create for ourselves, some just seem not to hold! What we do not realize is the lack of boundaries in our lives leads to burnout, resentment, and harm. The lack of boundaries isn’t not limited to intimate partnerships but can also impact all relationships from employment, family, and even friendships.  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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