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NCAA Inclusion Statement

As a core value, the NCAA believes in and is committed to diversity, inclusion and gender equity among its student-athletes, coaches and administrators. We seek to establish and maintain an inclusive culture that fosters equitable participation for student-athletes and career opportunities for coaches and administrators from diverse backgrounds. Diversity and inclusion improve the learning environment for all student-athletes and enhance excellence within the Association.

The Office of Inclusion will provide or enable programming and education, which sustains foundations of a diverse and inclusive culture across dimensions of diversity including but not limited to age, race, sex, class, national origin, creed, educational background, religion, gender identity, disability, gender expression, geographical location, income, marital status, parental status, sexual orientation and work experiences.

Adopted by the NCAA Executive Committee, April 2010

Amended by the NCAA Board of Governors, April 2017


The NCAA has a long history of supporting fair representation in its governance system for diverse administrators, coaches, faculty and student-athletes. The Association has also committed resources to educational programming, the professional development of women and minorities, and postgraduate scholarship support for former student-athletes pursuing careers in athletics.

The NCAA restructured and refocused its diversity and inclusion effort under the leadership of President Mark Emmert in 2010. While maintaining a commitment to education and development, priorities of the inclusion effort have shifted to include strategies to develop a culture that recognizes and values diversity as a means to organizational excellence and to providing better service to the ever more diverse and complex higher education community and our student-athletes. The Inclusion Initiative at the NCAA emphasizes that an inclusive culture is the best approach to achieving diversity. It represents a shift from embracing diversity as a metric to encouraging inclusion as a value in leadership and decision-making processes.

Today, the NCAA conducts programming and education in promoting and supporting the five areas of inclusion: race and ethnicity, women, student-athletes with disabilities, LGBTQ and international student-athletes. Inclusion continues to be an important aspect of intercollegiate athletics and the NCAA looks forward to collaborating with the more than 1,100 member institutions and conference offices in support of their diversity and inclusion goals.