2016 NCAA Convention

DI SAAC seeks school shirt donations at Convention

The Division I Student-Athlete Advisory Committee will showcase the student-led initiative “One Shirt, One Body” and ask Convention participants to donate new or used college shirts at the 2016 NCAA Convention’s Division I Issues Forum.

2016 Award for Diversity and Inclusion winner

The Award for Diversity and Inclusion is a partnership between the NCAA and Minority Opportunities Athletic Association to recognize and celebrate the initiatives, policies and practices of colleges, universities and/or athletic conference offices that embrace diversity and inclusion. Past honorees have been recognized for efforts that include community service, professional development, hiring practices and programming activities that enhance opportunities for people of diverse cultures, backgrounds and experiences.

The 2016 NCAA Convention marks the fourth annual presentation of the award to an honoree selected by membership representatives from the MOAA, the NCAA Committee on Women’s Athletics and the NCAA Minority Opportunities and Interests Committee.

Award Winner

Northern Illinois University Intercollegiate Athletics

Northern Illinois athletics earned the award for its campus programs and partnerships in the DeKalb, Illinois, community. The athletics department recently revised its vision statement and strategic plan to reflect a commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. The department also dedicated one of its core values to inclusion.

To enhance the awareness of equality and diversity issues, Northern Illinois athletics provides its staff and campus administrators with professional development opportunities, including training seminars on Title IX and diversity and inclusion topics, which are facilitated by external constituents and the school’s affirmative action staff. The group has also hosted webinars that cover gender and sexuality topics; programming to increase graduation rates; violence prevention seminars; and programs that bring university, athletics and community cultures together for dialogue. Additionally, the Northern Illinois vice provost’s office funds some programming for athletics staff who work with athletes on a daily basis.

Sean Frazier, Northern Illinois associate vice president and director of athletics, has also been a visible leader in making key decisions to enhance inclusion and diversity. Frazier co-chaired Northern Illinois’ inaugural diversity and inclusion task force, which recommended hiring the university’s first chief diversity officer; co-presented an inaugural campus workshop called “The NIU Experience: A Journey of Discovery into Affirmative Action, Diversity & Equal Opportunity”; and appointed staff within athletics who will specifically monitor diversity, inclusion and equity. Athletics also served as a co-sponsor in collaboration with other campus offices to host a conference called “Diversity: Strengthening the Pillars of Community,” and formed a task force to work on projects that include a diversity and inclusion action plan and a work-life climate survey.

Honorable Mentions

University of California, San Diego athletics department

As one of the University of California, San Diego’s largest and most visible units, the athletics department has taken a leadership role in helping create an environment that contributes positively to the university’s principles of diversity and inclusion. Building upon the UC-San Diego Principles of Community, the athletics department embeds values of inclusion in student-athlete and employee orientations, the Student-Athlete Code of Conduct and community outreach. In its hiring practices, the university created a focus on enhancing the work experience of underrepresented groups in staff and coaching positions and increasing outreach within these candidate pools. In addition, the athletics department created a mandatory Inclusion Seminar for all administrative and head coaching staff, and a series of programming dealing with diversity, identity, intent versus impact, and microaggressions for its individual teams. As it works to promote tolerance and inclusion under committed leadership, the athletics department has developed long-lasting partnerships with diverse groups within the greater university.


Kansas Athletics Inc., University of Kansas

Kansas Athletics Inc. at the University of Kansas takes pride in its commitment to developing, implementing and maintaining diversity programs and activities. It provides education, awareness and training to enhance cultural competency within the athletics department and across the entire campus. The Kansas Athletics Diversity Committee launched a comprehensive initiative titled “#ONETEAMKU” aimed developing a culture in which diversity and inclusion are an integral component of the education experience for student-athletes and for the professional development of staff. The initiative includes annual diversity-related training and education for all student-athletes and athletics department staff and promotes the acceptance and celebration of individual differences. The athletics department’s efforts are strengthened through collaborations with many campus and community groups, resulting in shared programming, raised awareness and targeted trainings.

2016 NCAA President's Gerald R. Ford Award winner: Condoleezza Rice

Condoleezza Rice is currently the Denning Professor in Global Business and the Economy at the Stanford Graduate School of Business; the Thomas and Barbara Stephenson Senior Fellow on Public Policy at the Hoover Institution; and a professor of Political Science at Stanford University. She is also a founding partner of RiceHadleyGates, LLC.

From January 2005 to 2009, Rice served as the 66th Secretary of State of the United States, the second woman and first African American woman to hold the post. Rice also served as President George W. Bush’s Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs (National Security Advisor) from January 2001 to 2005, the first woman to hold the position.

Rice served as Stanford University’s Provost from 1993 to 1999, during which she was the institution's chief budget and academic officer. As Provost, she was responsible for a $1.5 billion annual budget and the academic program involving 1,400 faculty members and 14,000 students. In 1997, she also served on the Federal Advisory Committee on Gender-Integrated Training in the Military.

From 1989 through March 1991, Rice served on President George H.W. Bush’s National Security Council staff.  She served as Director; Senior Director of Soviet and East European Affairs; and, Special Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs. In 1986, while an international affairs fellow of the Council on Foreign Relations, Rice also served as Special Assistant to the Director of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. 

As professor of political science, Rice has been on the Stanford faculty since 1981 and has won two of the highest teaching honors: the 1984 Walter J. Gores Award for Excellence in Teaching and the 1993 School of Humanities and Sciences Dean's Award for Distinguished Teaching.

She has authored and coauthored numerous books, including two bestsellers, “No Higher Honor: A Memoir of My Years in Washington” (2011) and “Extraordinary, Ordinary People: A Memoir of Family” (2010).  She also wrote “Germany Unified and Europe Transformed: A Study in Statecraft” (1995) with Philip Zelikow; “The Gorbachev Era” (1986) with Alexander Dallin; and “Uncertain Allegiance: The Soviet Union and the Czechoslovak Army” (1984).

In 1991, Rice cofounded the Center for a New Generation (CNG), an innovative, after-school academic enrichment program for students in East Palo Alto and East Menlo Park, California. In 1996, CNG merged with the Boys and Girls Club of the Peninsula (an affiliate club of the Boys and Girls Clubs of America (BGCA)). CNG has since expanded to local BGCA chapters in Birmingham, Atlanta and Dallas. She remains an active proponent of an extended learning day through after school programs. 

Since 2009, Rice has served as a founding partner at RiceHadleyGates, LLC, an international strategic consulting firm based in Silicon Valley and Washington, D.C. The firm works with senior executives of major companies to implement strategic plans and expand in emerging markets. Other partners include former National Security Advisor Stephen J. Hadley and former Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates.

Rice currently serves on the boards of Dropbox, an online-storage technology company; C3, an energy software company; and Makena Capital, a private endowment firm. In addition, she is chair of the board of the Foundation for Excellence in Education and a member of the boards of the George W. Bush Institute and the Boys and Girls Clubs of America.

In 2013, Rice was appointed to the College Football Playoff Committee, formerly the Bowl Championship Series.

Born in Birmingham, Alabama, Rice earned her bachelor's degree in political science, cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, from the University of Denver; her master’s from the University of Notre Dame; and her Ph.D. from the Graduate School of International Studies at the University of Denver.

Rice is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and has been awarded 11 honorary doctorates. She currently resides in Stanford, California.

2016 NCAA Theodore Roosevelt Award: Peter Ueberroth

If not for the opportunity provided by the water polo scholarship that resulted from a tryout, the future Time magazine "Man of the Year" said he wouldn’t even have attended college. Peter Ueberroth’s experience at San Jose State served as a springboard to a career spent at the highest levels of business and sports.

Condoleezza Rice to receive Ford Award

Named in recognition of Gerald Ford, the 38th U.S. president and a member of two University of Michigan national-championship football teams, the award honors an individual who has provided significant leadership as an advocate for college sports.

Northern Illinois wins diversity and inclusion award

Northern Illinois University’s athletics department has earned the NCAA and Minority Opportunities Athletic Association’s 2016 Award for Diversity and Inclusion. The department will receive the honor at the NCAA Convention in January in San Antonio.

Lauren Hill, O.J. Brigance to receive 2016 NCAA Inspiration Award

The Inspiration Award is presented to a coach or administrator currently associated with intercollegiate athletics, or to a current or former varsity letter-winner at an NCAA institution. It is reserved for people who, when confronted with life-altering situations, used perseverance, dedication and determination to overcome their trauma.

NCAA honors 2016 Silver Anniversary Award winners

The NCAA will recognize six former student-athletes with the NCAA Silver Anniversary Award for their collegiate and professional achievements. The Silver Anniversary Award annually recognizes distinguished individuals on the 25th anniversary of the conclusion of their college athletics careers.

Top college athletes to be honored by NCAA

The NCAA will honor 10 exemplary college athletes – the 2016 Today’s Top 10 Award winners – at the NCAA Convention in January. The award recognizes former student-athletes for their successes on the field, in the classroom and in the community.

2016 NCAA Convention Division II Second Publication of Proposed Legislation, Amendments-to-Amendments and Resolutions

The 2016 NCAA Convention Division II Second Publication of Proposed Legislation (SPOPL) will be available through the NCAA website at www.ncaa.org September 23.  The SPOPL contains all proposed amendments to NCAA Division II legislation that were properly submitted in accordance with the July 15 and September 1 deadlines in the NCAA legislative calendar.

The SPOPL is not mailed to Division II institutions.  The SPOPL is produced directly from the Legislative Services Database for the Internet (LSDBi) each time it is downloaded.  Therefore, the content of the publication may change each time it is accessed from the NCAA Web page.  As modifications or corrections are made to proposals during the amendment-to-amendment period, updates will be made to LSDBi and those changes will be reflected in the SPOPL.

No new proposals may be submitted by the Division II membership for the 2016 NCAA Convention inasmuch as the July 15 and September 1 deadlines have passed.  Member institutions and conferences, as well as the NCAA Division II Presidents Council, now have until November 1 to submit amendments to these proposals.  (See document entitled "Procedures for Sponsoring Amendment-to-Amendments.") 

In addition, member institutions and conferences, as well as the Presidents Council, now have until November 1 to submit a resolution.  (See document entitled "Procedures for Sponsoring Resolutions.")  These amendments-to-amendments and resolutions, if sponsored properly, will be considered at the 2016 Convention to be held January 14-16 in San Antonio, Texas. 

Members are reminded of the amendment-to-amendment and resolution procedures set forth in NCAA Constitution 5 of the 2015-16 NCAA Division II Manual.  In particular, please note that the deadline for the submission of amendments-to-amendments and resolutions is 5 p.m. Eastern time November 1.

As a service to the membership, the NCAA staff and the NCAA Division II Legislation Committee may edit amendments-to-amendments and resolutions for clarity and will communicate with legislative sponsors as necessary. 

Any questions regarding legislative procedures, the amendment-to-amendment or the resolution processes should be referred to Amanda Conklin or Karen Wolf at the NCAA national office (317/917-6222).


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