The Pledge and Commitment to Promoting Diversity and Gender Equity in Intercollegiate Athletics

Consistent with our mission and values, our institution, a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association, pledges to specifically commit to establishing initiatives for achieving ethnic and racial diversity, gender equity and inclusion, with a focus and emphasis on hiring practices in intercollegiate athletics, to reflect the diversity of our membership and our nation.

We recognize and value the experiences individuals from diverse backgrounds bring to intercollegiate athletics. To that end, we will strive to identify, recruit and interview individuals from diverse backgrounds in an effort to increase their representation and retention as commissioners, athletics directors, coaches and other leaders in athletics. As part of this commitment, we will also engage in a regular diversity, inclusion and equity review to inform campus policy and diversity initiatives.

We understand this to be a collective responsibility we owe to student-athletes, staff, our athletics programs and the entire campus community.

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About the Pledge

Presidents and chancellors at NCAA member colleges and universities have been encouraged to sign a pledge that commits their schools to achieving ethnic and racial diversity and gender equity in college sports hiring practices.

The pledge was developed out of a membership concern for the low representation of racial and ethnic minorities and women in coaching and athletics administration at all levels. It has received widespread support among the top governing bodies in each division as well as the NCAA Board of Governors, whose 16 presidents and chancellors are among the first signatories. The National Association of Collegiate Women Athletics Administrators (NACWAA) has also endorsed the pledge.

The schools and conferences whose leaders have pledged their commitment to promoting diversity and gender equity are listed on the pages below. These lists will be updated as names are submitted. In the coming months, the participating schools and conferences will receive a toolkit containing best practices and other resources to assist in their diversity and inclusion efforts. 

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Check out resources for putting the pledge into action


NCAA Members That Have Signed the Presidential Pledge

Division I, Division II, Division III

Diversity Pledge Summary
  Schools Conferences Total
    All Multi-Sport  
Division I 294 82.8% 35 68.6% 31 96.9% 329 81.2%
Division II 242 73.8% 24 96.0% 24 100.0% 266 75.6%
Division III 341 75.8% 43 64.2% 38 88.4% 384 74.8%
Total 878 78.3% 102 72.9% 93 93.9% 980 76.9%


Updated September 15, 2020