You are a soccer coach at a rural university.  The community is largely white, middle- to upper class.  Recently you were told you need to increase the racial diversity of your team.  Although there is some diversity amongst the student-athletes on the football and basketball teams there is little diversity on campus, in the community […] read more

On April 30th, 2016, posted in: BEST PRACTICES

Assessing Your Culture

Often when I am out working with a college or university I am asked, “How do I know if I am meeting the diversity and inclusion needs of my players, staff, etc?  And, if I am not meeting their needs, how am I supposed to know what they are?” Asking this question is a critical […] read more

On November 17th, 2015, posted in: BEST PRACTICES

Cross-Cultural Communication

You have recently hired a new baseball coach from South America. He will be an excellent asset to your program. However, after a few weeks you realize that he is struggling with the policies and procedures of the department. You are not sure why he has not come to speak with you. After all, you […] read more

On October 3rd, 2015, posted in: MAIN

Honest and Open Communication

I travel to a lot of schools every year.  I meet thousands of people who are involved in athletics in a variety of ways.  And when it comes to diversity in sports, most people want to be able to talk about it…they just can’t.  This seems to be almost universal.  At some schools there is […] read more

On September 20th, 2015, posted in: BEST PRACTICES

New Employee/Student-Athlete Orientations

A new student-athlete has recently been recruited to your tennis program. She is of Pacific Islander decent. In the last five matches of her high school career she has won every set. She is being touted as becoming the best in the conference, and some speculate she might be an Olympic hopeful. Upon arriving at […] read more

On September 13th, 2015, posted in: MAIN