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Past NCAA Equity and Inclusion Forums

2019 NCAA Inclusion Forum Recap

More than 530 higher education and intercollegiate athletics leaders and student-athletes joined the NCAA office of inclusion in Atlanta at the Omni at CNN Center for the 2019 NCAA Inclusion Forum April 26-28. With a theme of “Dreaming Out Loud: Transforming Passion to Action,” this eighth annual gathering provided dynamic programming, engaging dialogue and practical takeaways to empower participants’ efforts on equity, diversity and inclusion initiatives on their campuses.

Inclusion Forum programming centered 23 student-athletes and more than 55 athletics administrators, higher education professionals and industry leaders as presenters on a broad range of topics related to policy, research and best practices that support international student-athletes, LGBTQ student-athletes and administrators, racial and ethnic minorities, student-athletes with disabilities and women.

To view the 2019 NCAA Inclusion Forum program booklet, please click here

To view the 2019 NCAA Inclusion Forum agenda, please click here.


2018 NCAA Inclusion Forum, Indianapolis, IN

More than 470 higher education and intercollegiate athletics leaders and student-athletes joined the NCAA office of inclusion in Indianapolis at the JW Marriott for the seventh annual NCAA Inclusion Forum April 14-16. Sessions engaged on a broad range of topics related to policy, research and best practices that focused on core identities such as race/ethnicity, women/gender equity, LGBTQ, disability sport and international students. The various sessions were designed to educate and empower attendees, enhance diversity-and-inclusion competencies, provide practical takeaways and foster opportunities for dialogue on campuses and across conferences.

To view the Inclusion Forum program booklet, please click here.

Featured 2018 Inclusion Forum presenters included:

  • Katrice Albert, NCAA Executive Vice President of Inclusion and Human Resources and co-editor of “Trayvon Martin, Race, and American Justice: Writing Wrong” and “Racial Battle Fatigue in Higher Education: Exposing the Myth of Post-Racial America”
  • Derek Greenfield, co-editor of “Exploring Issues of Diversity Within HBCUs” and Co-Founder of the Higher Education Leadership Foundation
  • Brian Hainline, NCAA Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer and co-author of “Drugs and the Athlete”
  • Janet P. Judge, Higher Education & Litigation Partner - Holland & Knight LLP, co-author of the NCAA's guide "Equity and Title IX in Intercollegiate Athletics," and member of the NCAA’s Commission to Combat Sexual Violence

2017 NCAA Inclusion Forum, Providence, Rhode Island

The 2017 NCAA Inclusion Forum was held April 21-23 in Providence, Rhode Island.

2017 Inclusion Forum Agenda

Session topics included: 

  • Seeking Common Ground: LGBTQ Inclusion and Religion in College Athletics
  • Title IX at 45: An Overview of Key Issues Impacting Campuses
  • Unpacking the Asterisk: Intercollegiate Athletics Experiences from Often Untold Racial and Ethnic Perspective
  • Scoring Goals On and Off the Field - A Collaboration between Disability Services and Student-Athlete Support Services
  • “Cómo Se What?!” Helping Translate the Cultural Divide for International Student-Athletes

2016 NCAA Inclusion Forum, Indianapolis, IN

The 2016 NCAA Inclusion Forum was helo April 16-18 in Indianapolis, Indiana.

2016 Inclusion Forum Agenda

Session topics included:  

  • Closing Keynote: Tamika Catchings (@Catchin24)
  • Facilitating Courageous Conversations: Why is Race So Difficult to Discuss, 2.0.
  • Title IX and Athletics: Participation, Financial Aid and Equal Treatment.
  • Put Yourself in the Shoes of a Person With Dyslexia.
  • Supporting Students and Staff: Developing LGBTQ Inclusive Policy and Best Practices.
  • Exploring the International Student-Athlete Experience Through Data and Real Conversations.

2015 NCAA Inclusion Forum, La Jolla, CA

The 2015 NCAA Inclusion Forum was held April 24-26, 2015 at the Hilton Torrey Pines in La Jolla, California.

2015 Agenda: Click Here

Session Topics included:

  • Opening Keynote: Simon Bailey.
  • Why is Race so Difficult to Discuss?
  • Hispanic-Serving Institutions: Through the Eyes of Campus Presidents.
  • Sexual Harassment and Violence Prevention.
  • Supporting Transgender Athletes with Chris Mosier, GO!Athletes.
  • Sitting Volleyball Experiential Opportunity.
  • Pursue Your Potential and Advance in Athletics Administration with Patti Phillips, NACWAA.
  • Transition from Overseas: The International Student-Athlete Experience.

2014 NCAA Inclusion Forum, Orlando, FL

The 2014 NCAA INlculsion Forum was held May 1-3, 2014 at the Walt Disney World Swan & Dolphin on Disney Property.

A few of the speakers and session topics included:

  • Dr. Bertice Berry, Award winning entertainer, lecturer and author
  • Amy Herman - The Art of Perception, former Head of the Frick Collection Education department and Ted Talks speaker
  • First Wave Spoken Word and Hip Hop Arts Learning Community
  • Pat Griffin - LGBTQ Inclusion and Religion
  • Janet Judge - Title IX and OCR Sexual Harassment and Violence guidance
  • Jeff Orleans, Judy Sweet and members of the Gender Equity Task Force will hold a Town Hall meeting
  • Student-Athletes and Mental Health; Disability Sport Best Practices; Social Media Discrimination Prevention; Title IX Compliance; Women and the Media; Diversity Leadership Strategies for Conferences and SAAC; Working with Chief Diversity Officers

To view the agenda, click here

2013 NCAA Inclusion Forum, Indianapolis

The NCAA 2013 Inclusion Forum brought together intercollegiate athletics leaders passionate about improving the educational and professional environment for student-athletes, coaches and staff.  Sessions engaged participants on a broad range of topics related to policy, research and best practices for racial and ethnic minorities, women, international student-athletes, LGBTQ and disability-access to sport.

Featured Speakers:


Listed below are some of the additional speakers and sessions held on topics related to women, race/ethnic minorities, disabilities & sport, LGBTQ communities and international student-athlete participation.


Agenda topics included:

  • In-depth Title IX training discussing the law, EADA and audits.
  • Equitable pay and personnel policies.
  • Office for Civil Rights Guidance regarding sports opportunities for disabled students.
  • Student-athlete inclusion and leadership.
  • Developing policy on inclusion, hiring practices and LGBTQ accommodations.
  • Divisional hot topics including Division I presidential retreat initiatives and NCAA IPP certification.
  • Mentoring and retaining coaches.


2012 Equity & Inclusion Forum, New Orleans


2011 Gender Equity Forum, Bethesda


2010 Gender Equity & Issues Forum, Chicago