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Office of Inclusion Staff

 

Amy Wilson

Managing Director of Inclusion

In May 2015, Amy Wilson began work as a director of inclusion at the NCAA.  Wilson has worked in higher education for her entire career and most recently was an associate professor of education at Illinois College, where she taught sport-related courses and served as the faculty athletics representative and chair of the Athletics Committee.  She is a former basketball and softball student-athlete who is a member of the Illinois College Athletics Hall of Fame.  Wilson has a bachelor’s and master’s degree in English and earned a Ph.D. in health and sport studies with a concentration in athletic administration at the University of Iowa.  For the past decade, she has worked closely with nationally recognized Title IX expert Christine Grant on equity issues in intercollegiate athletics and has given numerous presentations on Title IX and gender equity around the country.  The National Association of Collegiate Women Athletic Administrators presented Wilson with its Administrator of Tomorrow Award for Division I-Football Bowl Subdivision in 2009. For Title IX’s 40th anniversary, she completed a report for the NCAA’s Committee on Women’s Athletics -- “The Status of Women in Intercollegiate Athletics as Title IX Turns 40.”

Niya Blair Hackworth

Director of Inclusion

Niya Blair Hackworth became a part of the NCAA office of inclusion team in August 2019 after spending over a decade working at institutions of higher education. As the director of inclusion, Blair Hackworth leads, partners and assists in diversity and inclusion related initiatives, focusing on race and ethnicity and student-athletes with disabilities for member institutions and the national office staff. Before joining the NCAA, she served as the inaugural director of the Center for Diversity and Inclusion at the University of Houston where she provided leadership, strategic vision, organization and administrative oversight of campus-wide initiatives, trainings, and programs in the areas of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Blair Hackworth has also worked at three other institutions of higher education in the areas of social justice, diversity, leadership, and minority male programs. She presents at national and regional conferences and for campus and community organizations in the areas of inclusion, intercultural competence and leadership. Blair Hackworth is a qualified administrator of the Intercultural Development Inventory, LLC, a tool that measures intercultural competence. Currently, she is pursuing a Doctorate of Education in Organizational Leadership at Abilene Christian University. Blair Hackworth has a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Central Arkansas and a master’s degree in Education with an emphasis in Higher Education from the University of Arkansas.

Jean Merrill

Director of Inclusion

Jean Merrill joined the NCAA office of inclusion in January 2018 after almost a decade in academic and membership affairs.  In her role as director, Merrill leads, collaborates with and supports member institutions and national office staff in diversity and inclusion initiatives, particularly in the areas of international student-athletes, LGBTQ, gender equity and women.  Merrill holds an undergraduate degree in Spanish from Hanover College, where she was a softball student-athlete.  She also holds a master’s degree in Higher Education and Student Affairs from Indiana University, and is currently a doctoral candidate in the same program.  Merrill’s research focuses on professionally disclosed lesbian, gay, and bisexual college coaches.

Shay Wallach

Assistant Director of Inclusion

Shay Wallach joined the national office in January 2018. In his current role as assistant director of inclusion, Shay focuses on gender equity, LGBTQ issues, and international student-athletes, and support all internal and external efforts. A former sport journalist, youth coach, and a data scout, Wallach is a graduate of the Sports & Media program of Wingate Institution (Israel) and holds a Bachelor's degree in Sports Management from Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis. A native of Tel Aviv, Israel, Shay acquired extensive management experience in various European countries, where he conducted business in the retail and tourism fields. Wallach holds a military background and had voluntarily served his country in several focal points of the regional feud, in which he strove to bring humanity into the complex reality of a war zone.

Craig Malveaux

Coordinator of Inclusion

As coordinator of inclusion, Craig Malveaux supports the development and implementation of external programs and initiatives — including the Inclusion Forum — and assists the director of inclusion on the areas of women/gender equity and LGBTQ inclusion. In addition, he coordinates meeting logistics and travel, pre-meeting correspondence and material provision and supports inclusion committees and task forces. Prior to becoming the coordinator, Malveaux served as post-graduate intern in the office of inclusion, overseeing the Division III Student Immersion Program as well as assisting on programs impacting student-athletes, coaches and administrators.

Malveaux joined the national office from the University of Central Florida’s DeVos Sport Business Management Program, where he earned both a Master of Business Administration and Master of Sport Business Management. While there, he researched and co-authored various studies on gender and racial hiring practices in collegiate and professional sports for The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport (TIDES). His published reports include the NFL Racial and Gender Report Card and the NCAA Division I FBS Leadership report.

Malveaux, a native of New Orleans, also holds a Bachelor of Arts in mass communication journalism from Loyola University New Orleans and reported on high school sports and social justice issues for the San Diego Union Tribune for two years.

Kina Davis

Assistant Coordinator of Inclusion

Kina Davis, assistant coordinator of inclusion, has been a member of the NCAA staff since 2007.  In her current role, Davis supports inclusion initiatives through assisting in developing and maintaining relationships with collaborative partners; implementation of new programming within the office of inclusion; community outreach efforts within the greater Indianapolis area; employee resource groups and the Minority Opportunities and Interests Committee.  Davis received her bachelor’s degree in public affairs administration and a certificate in event management from Indiana University, Bloomington, and holds an Indiana real estate license.

Abigail Edwards

2020-21 Postgraduate Intern in Inclusion

Abigail Edwards is a native of New York City, NY. She graduated magna cum laude from Smith College in 2020 with a self-designed major in Race, Health, and Society. While at Smith, Edwards was a Division III lacrosse student-athlete, president of the Sports Committee for Inclusion and Diversity, co-chair of the Science Center Committee on Diversity and research assistant in the Vascular Function Research Laboratory. She received Smith’s Pioneer Impact Award, which goes to a student-athlete who demonstrates extraordinary leadership within their team and the greater athletic community, and Smith Athletics’ Beacon Award for Diversity and Inclusion. Edwards was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society upon commencement. She currently serves on the Board of Trustees at Smith College.

Abigail is an Indian immigrant and is passionate about advocating for and empowering marginalized communities. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, watching documentaries, listening to R&B music, spending time with friends and family, and being active.