On September 20 and 21, the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) hosted the fifth annual Sports Diversity and Inclusion Symposium at its national office in Indianapolis, in partnership with Olympic, Paralympic, professional, and amateur sports organizations. The event is part of an effort to evaluate and create tangible solutions to advance diversity and inclusion in today’s sports culture, as well as in each of the partnering organizations.
Prominent diversity leaders participated in expert panels, roundtable discussions, and general sessions related to diversity and inclusion in sports. Topics discussed included ethnic minority and gender advancement, LGBTQ issues, strategic recruiting and hiring, supplier diversity sourcing, updates on disability opportunities in sports, and corporate social responsibility.
Symposium participants included members of the Diversity and Inclusion Sports Consortium, formed in 2012 to lead the creation of best practices to advance diversity and inclusion in sports. The consortium is composed of representatives from the NCAA, NBA, WNBA, NFL, NHL, PGA, MLB, Minor League Baseball, Major League Soccer, NASCAR, the U.S. Olympic Committee, the Ross Initiative in Sports for Equality, and the U.S. Tennis Association.
“The symposium is gaining more attention as a place where sports organizations are sharing ideas and monitoring issues surrounding diversity and inclusion,” Bernard Franklin, PhD, executive vice president of education and community engagement and chief inclusion officer for the NCAA, said in a statement.