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"We believe the pledge sends a powerful and important signal. We know we must do better, and we believe that by acting collectively we can do better. We also hope that it will send a very clear and strong signal to those young persons, who perhaps haven't even imagined a career in college sports, that there is a place for persons of color and women in college sports. And we hope that we will find ways of encouraging and creating the opportunities for professional growth and development that will bring better results so that, a decade down the road from now, we will have made great progress."
-- Jay Lemons, interim Board of Governors chair and president of Susquehanna University, on the approved diversity pledge.