On November 9th, the day after the 2016 U.S. Presidential election, USC Annenberg and the Annenberg Institute of Sports, Media and Society and I were honored to host professional skateboarder, Vanessa Torres. Vanessa's career has spanned over a decade and she is a major force in promoting gender equity in skateboarding and an advocate for the LGBTQA community. 

Our discussion topics ranged from presenting how skateboarding exists in an interesting place amongst the traditional sports represented in the rest of the symposium without the benefit of collegiate sports and Title IV to keep the scales balanced. In addition, we discussed how skateboarding culture acts as a lifestyle and art form which place is beyond the realm of sport. 

Vanessa also discussed the importance of the Olympics and how their dedication to gender-equity creates a platform, which could allow many women to finally enjoy a successful life as a well compensated professional skateboarders, just like their male counterparts. 

Vanessa Torres with USC's ASCJ 420 Skateboarding and Action-Sports Student Hannah Bowers and Chairman of the Board and alum, Megan Webster.

Vanessa Torres with USC's ASCJ 420 Skateboarding and Action-Sports Student Hannah Bowers and Chairman of the Board and alum, Megan Webster.

Pro Skater Vanessa Torres with USC ASCJ 420 Skateboarding and Action Sports in Business, Media and Culture Student Thiebault, President of the USC Skateboarding Club.

Pro Skater Vanessa Torres with USC ASCJ 420 Skateboarding and Action Sports in Business, Media and Culture Student Thiebault, President of the USC Skateboarding Club.