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WKU CHHS Graduate Students Attend NCAA Inclusion Forum

  • Author: Dr. Evie Oregon
  • Author: Monday, April 25th, 2016

Two graduate students in the Master of Science in Recreation and Sport Administration with a concentration in Intercollegiate Athletic Administration and one faculty member from the School of Kinesiology, Recreation and Sport (KRS) in the College of Health and Human Services attended the 2016 NCAA Inclusion Form April 16-18 in Indianapolis, IN.  Travel costs and conference registration fees were covered for each student through funding afforded by the School of KRS.

The NCAA Inclusion Forum brings together higher education and intercollegiate athletics leaders passionate about improving the educational and professional environment for student-athletes, coaches and staff.  Sessions engage on a broad range of topics related to policy, research and best practices for racial and ethnic minorities, women, international student-athletes, LGBTQ and disability-access to sport.    

“The NCAA Inclusion Forum was literally life changing not only for the students, but also myself,” stated Dr. Evie Oregon, faculty advisor for the trip and the Intercollegiate Athletic Administration program coordinator. “It was a great networking and learning opportunity that provided me with numerous resources to implement in the Intercollegiate Athletic Administration program’s coursework.”

The group participated in sessions on roles of senior women administrators, Title IX, LGBTQ inclusion in athletics, cultural diversity and much more.  Jacqueline McGill, graduate student in the Master of Science in Recreation and Sport Administration, found the conference beneficial with expanding her knowledge of issues of inclusion and how she could help to make an impact.  “It was important for me to go to this conference because of my strong beliefs on the expansion of diversity and inclusion in the athletic department,” stated McGill. “I am grateful that I was able to attend a conference that I am passionate about and figure out how I can incorporate what I learned into my future in athletics”

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Pictured: Jacqueline McGill, Dr. Evie Oregon, Lisa Schneider

“Attending the 2016 NCAA Inclusion Forum was a great opportunity to network and discuss with individuals throughout all three NCAA divisions how we can improve the educational, athletic and professional environment for athletes, coaches and athletic department staff,” said Lisa Schneider, WKU Athletics Senior Woman Administrator, Assistant to the Athletics Director and graduate student in the Intercollegiate Athletic Administration program.  “It was centered around learning about pervasive topics in the realm of college athletics and some best practices in those areas.  The environment promoted open and candid conversations about opportunities for improvement that exist within intercollegiate athletics based on the landscape we currently reside.”

For more information, please contact Dr. Evie Oregon at  (270) 745-2080 or evelyn.oregon@wku.edu.

About NCAA’s Office of Inclusion:  As a core value, the NCAA believes in and is committed to diversity, inclusion and gender equity among its student-athletes, coaches and administrators. We seek to establish and maintain an inclusive culture that fosters equitable participation for student-athletes and career opportunities for coaches and administrators from diverse backgrounds. Diversity and inclusion improve the learning environment for all student-athletes and enhance excellence within the Association.  For more information about the NCAA’s Office of Inclusion, please visit http://www.ncaa.org/about/resources/inclusion.

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