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Division II administrators, faculty seize learning opportunities at fall trainings

Forty people participate in NACWAA Governance Academy, DII FAR Institute

This fall, as students hit the books and settled into classes, dozens of Division II administrators and faculty seized learning opportunities of their own.

Twenty-two female athletics administrators attended the third annual Governance Academy hosted by the NCAA and the National Association of Collegiate Women Athletics Administrators. The event took place Oct. 12 in Louisville, Kentucky.  

Twenty-two female athletics administrators participated in the third annual NCAA Division II/NACWAA Governance Academy, which took place on Oct. 12 during the NACWAA Convention in Louisville, Kentucky.

The academy teaches athletics administrators about the division’s governance committees and prepares them for future leadership and involvement in the governance structure. The day’s activities included a simulated Division II Management Council meeting, where the women reviewed and discussed current issues within the division.

“Being new to Division II, the governance academy gave me a behind-the-scenes look as to how the legislative process works and how to gain access to serve on committees,” said Danielle Harris, an assistant commissioner and senior woman administrator at the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. “I would encourage anyone who has not participated in this program to apply next year.”

Later in October, 18 faculty athletics representatives came together for the eighth annual Division II FAR Fellows Institute at the NCAA national office in Indianapolis.

Division II welcomed 18 faculty athletics representatives from around the country to the eighth annual Division II FAR Institute, held Oct. 24-26 in Indianapolis.

The program, which ran Oct. 24-26, provides an opportunity for FARs throughout Division II to share ideas and concerns, learn best practices and connect over their unique liaison positions on campus.

“You’re kind of a one-man or one-woman show on your campus in that role, so it’s really important for individuals to find other people to talk about the issues they’re facing,” said Diane Husic, a biology professor at Moravian College and a former president of the Faculty Athletics Representatives Association. Husic has organized the Division II FAR Institute since its first year.

This year’s event featured discussions about leadership and collaboration skills, the role of faculty athletics representatives in communicating with different entities on campus and the assistance they can provide student-athletes with concussions. Dr. Brian Hainline, the NCAA’s chief medical officer, kicked off the concussion dialogue with a presentation on Friday and, throughout the weekend, FARs drafted plans to support concussed student-athletes returning to the classroom.

For Nyaka NiiLampti, an assistant professor of psychology and FAR at Queens University of Charlotte, the weekend left her feeling inspired about ways she can make an impact on her campus.

“It is easy to feel isolated in this position, working hard to balance the best interests of the student-athlete with the academic and athletic cultures of any university campus,” NiiLampti said. “To be surrounded by so many others who have been doing this work – and for so long – provided both a point of connection as well as a sense of rejuvenation.”