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Strategic-Positioning Outcome Area No. 3

Diversity and Inclusion

The Vision:

Help campuses and conferences create diverse and inclusive environments, and build environments at the NCAA national office and within the governance structure in which diversity and inclusion are recognized and valued.

The Goals:

  • Provide tools and resources to institutions and conferences that teach the importance, value, benefits and role of diversity and inclusion in higher education and intercollegiate athletics.
  • Provide tools and resources that help schools and conferences recruit, hire and retain diverse groups and individuals.
  • Partner and collaborate with other organizations to support and enhance the diversity of administrators, coaches and student-athletes at the local, conference and national levels.
  • Recognize and celebrate institutional and conference initiatives, policies and practices that embrace diversity and inclusion within intercollegiate athletics.
  • Analyze and assess research and current programming to provide programs, tools and resources that support diverse and inclusive environments.
  • Establish meaningful policies, programming and education to sustain inclusive cultures within all areas of diversity.
  • Balance Division II committee rosters to ensure that the interests of all Division II constituents are represented in the governance structure.

Committees/groups charged with oversight in these areas

  • Division II Nominating Committee
  • NCAA Office of Inclusion
  • Division II Athletics Directors Association
  • Division II Conference Commissioners Association

Initiatives COMPLETED since the adoption of the plan in April 2015 that support these goals:

Division II Coaching Enhancement Grant

Goal(s) to which the initiative pertains: Provide tools and resources that help schools and conferences recruit, hire and retain diverse groups and individuals.
Brief description of the initiative: This former program was restructured in 2016 to better support member schools’ needs in creating full-time assistant coaching positions in any of the 24 NCAA-sponsored sports. To support the salary and benefits of the new coaching position, the NCAA provides $25,000 in funding in the first year, $15,000 in the second year and $8,000 in the third year. The school is required to supplement the funding, as well as commit to funding the position in full for the fourth and fifth years. Additionally, the NCAA provides $1,200 during each of the first three years of the grant toward professional development opportunities for the hired coach.
Group(s) primarily responsible for implementation: NCAA Office of Inclusion.
Status/metrics for success: COMPLETE. Six institutions received grants under the new structure in 2016.

Division II Ethnic Minority and Women’s Internship Grant

Goal(s) to which the initiative pertains: Provide tools and resources that help schools and conferences recruit, hire and retain diverse groups and individuals.
Brief description of the initiative: This is a one-year grant program that provides funding for full-time, entry-level administrative positions. The NCAA provides $22,500 to support the salary of the hired intern and $3,000 in professional development funding.
Group(s) primarily responsible for implementation: NCAA Office of Inclusion.
Status/metrics for success: COMPLETE. Four institutions received grants under the new structure in 2016.

Initiatives LAUNCHED and still being implemented since the adoption of the plan:

Professional Development for Athletics Directors

Goal(s) to which the initiative pertains: Provide tools and resources that help schools and conferences recruit, hire and retain diverse groups and individuals.
Brief description of the initiative: This initiative enhances an existing mentoring program that the Division II Athletics Directors Association helps administer, targeting aspiring ADs, particularly women and ethnic minorities.
Group(s) primarily responsible for implementation: The Division II Athletics Directors Association, the Division II Membership Committee and the Division II Nominating Committee.
Status/metrics for success: The initiative was among 10 to receive funding from the Foundation for the Future program. The initiative will begin in the 2016-17 academic year.

EXISTING INITIATIVES implemented before the adoption of the plan that continue to support the goals in SPO No. 3:

NCAA Inclusion Forum

Division II supports and participates in the annual NCAA Inclusion Forum held at the national office in the spring. The forum gathers intercollegiate athletics leaders who engage on topics related to policy, research and best practices for racial and ethnic minorities, women, international student-athletes, LGBTQ and disability-access to sport.

Division II Strategic Alliance Matching Grant

The award provides funding for creating a new, or enhancing a current full-time, senior-level administrative position at Division II institutions and conference offices to encourage access, recruitment, selection and long-term success of ethnic minorities and women. Five institutions and one conference office were awarded grants in 2016.

Ongoing Resources

The division collaborates with the Division II Athletics Directors Association to support an annual mentor program for Division II women and ethnic minority administrators. Division II offers the “So You Want to be An Athletics Director” resource at NCAA.org to help those who aspire to be ADs reach their goals.

Effective Programming

Division II participates in and supports a number of NCAA programs aimed at enhancing diversity and inclusion within the membership:

  • Leadership Institutes for Ethnic Minority Males and Females. The annual program provides tailored programming to assist racial and ethnic minorities in strategically mapping and planning their careers in athletics administration by providing professional development programming over the course of a calendar year.
  • The NCAA Pathways Program offers programming to help administrators achieve senior-level positions.
  • The NCAA offers national and regional Career in Sports Forums to give student-athletes who aspire to work in athletics the tools they need to be successful.
  • The NCAA partners with the National Association of Collegiate Women Athletic Administrators (NACWAA) to offer leadership institutes that help women advance in their careers.
  • The NCAA offers the annual Future Football Coaches Academy as a professional development and networking opportunity for those new to coaching football at an NCAA institution and no more than three years past receiving an undergraduate degree

Effective Outreach and Education

  • Division II provides an annual $50,000 grant to the Minority Opportunities Athletic Association (MOAA) and conducts an annual Division II Governance Academy as part of this partnership. The seventh annual academy was held in June 2015 in conjunction with the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics Convention and the MOAA Symposium. The academy provided 16 minority and female administrators an up-close look at the Division II governance structure, including tips on how to serve on Division II governance committees, an update on Division II legislative issues, and even a simulated Management Council meeting. The program is designed to prepare aspiring leaders for future involvement in the Division II governance process.
  • Division II also provides an annual $50,000 grant to the National Association of Collegiate Women Athletic Administrators (NACWAA). The division hosted its fourth NACWAA/NCAA Division II Governance Academy in October 2015 as part of this partnership.
  • The NCAA research staff annually collects and analyzes demographics data from Division II member colleges and universities.
  • Division II works with Association-wide committees in the governance structure such as the NCAA Committee on Competitive Safeguards and Medical Aspects of Sports, the NCAA Committee on Women’s Athletics and the NCAA Minority Opportunities and Interests Committee, to educate member colleges and universities on diversity and inclusion initiatives.
  • The Division II Nominating Committee continuously reviews governance committee rosters to ensure inclusive representation.

Award for Diversity and Inclusion

Division II sponsors and promotes the annual given in conjunction with MOAA that recognizes and celebrates the initiatives, policies and practices of schools and offices that embrace diversity and inclusion across the intercollegiate athletics community.