Best Practices

The "Best Practices" section of our website is where Dr. Withycombe provides insights to enhancing diversity and inclusion by exploring a variety of techniques used in the field by colleges/universities, organizations, and companies around the United States and globally.


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

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

Value Diversity

One of the most critical things an organization can do to support diversity and inclusion is to Value Diversity. It sounds so simple. Of course we value diversity! However, valuing diversity can be one of the most difficult challenges your organization will face. Nearly every organization, and especially colleges and universities, has a statement on […] read more

On September 2nd, 2015, posted in: BEST PRACTICES