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2019 NCAA Inclusion Forum

April 26-28, Atlanta

The 2019 NCAA Inclusion Forum will be held April 26-28, 2019 at the Omni Atlanta Hotel at CNN Center in Atlanta, Georgia. Inclusion Forum registration is now open.  To view the 2019 NCAA Inclusion Forum tentative agenda, please click here.

This eighth-annual gathering will offer useful knowledge, engaging dialogue, and practical takeaways to empower participants’ efforts on equity, diversity and inclusion initiatives on their campuses. Sessions will focus on core identities such as race/ethnicity, women/gender equity, LGTBQ, disability sport, and international students.

In addition, to end the first day of programming, the 2019 NCAA Inclusion Forum features a special welcome reception Friday, April 26 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Center for Civil and Human Rights, where attendees can explore the fundamental rights of all human beings and leave empowered to join the conversation in their own communities.

For questions or inquiries about the 2019 NCAA Inclusion Forum, please contact Jean Merrill (, Sonja Robinson ( and Amy Wilson (   

2018 NCAA Inclusion Forum recap

More than 470 higher education and intercollegiate athletics leaders and student-athletes joined the NCAA office of inclusion in Indianapolis at the JW Marriott for the seventh annual NCAA Inclusion Forum April 14-16. Sessions engaged on a broad range of topics related to policy, research and best practices that focused on core identities such as race/ethnicity, women/gender equity, LGBTQ, disability sport and international students. The various sessions were designed to educate and empower attendees, enhance diversity-and-inclusion competencies, provide practical takeaways and foster opportunities for dialogue on campuses and across conferences.

  • To view the Inclusion Forum program booklet, please click here.

Featured 2018 Inclusion Forum presenters included:

  • Katrice Albert, NCAA Executive Vice President of Inclusion and Human Resources and co-editor of “Trayvon Martin, Race, and American Justice: Writing Wrong” and “Racial Battle Fatigue in Higher Education: Exposing the Myth of Post-Racial America”
  • Derek Greenfield, co-editor of “Exploring Issues of Diversity Within HBCUs” and Co-Founder of the Higher Education Leadership Foundation
  • Brian Hainline, NCAA Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer and co-author of “Drugs and the Athlete”
  • Janet P. Judge, Higher Education & Litigation Partner - Holland & Knight LLP, co-author of the NCAA's guide "Equity and Title IX in Intercollegiate Athletics," and member of the NCAA’s Commission to Combat Sexual Violence
  • Nancy Lieberman, two-time Olympian, former WNBA General Manager/Head Coach, Sacramento Kings assistant coach and two-time player of the year who was elected into both the NBA and Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame
  • Damon A. Williams, author of “Strategic Diversity Leadership: Activating Change and Transformation in Higher Education” and co-author of “The Chief Diversity Officer: Strategy, Structure, and Change Management”