NESCAC establishes Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee

NESCAC establishes Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee

The New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) has announced the formation of a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee.

The committee will consist of 13 members, with representatives from all of the NESCAC institutions, and will include athletic administrators, coaches, student-athletes and academic and other institutional personnel. The NESCAC Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee will meet regularly throughout the year and report to the presidents.

The committee will help NESCAC address diversity, equity and inclusion in athletics in the Conference on a consistent and ongoing basis, complementing the work being done on each of our campuses. The formation of the committee follows the work of ad hoc committees and conversations over the summer with students, coaches, and athletics administrators focusing on inclusion, racial equity and social justice.

The committee will examine Conference policies and processes to ensure they are reflective of best practices for building diverse, equitable, and inclusive spaces, practices, policies and opportunities. The committee will serve as a resource for students, coaches, and staff to address issues and make recommendations, and will collaborate with member institutions to facilitate programming and training and to provide educational resources to help institutions meet the needs of their communities. The committee will also help advance our shared goal of increasing the diversity of our athletic teams and coaching personnel.

Significant diversity, equity and inclusion efforts are already underway at NESCAC institutions and at the Conference level. Institutions are developing team action plans on diversity, equity, and inclusion, holding conversations on inclusion and race, and establishing student-athletes of color committees. In conjunction with institutional initiatives, the Conference is providing training and programming focused on allyship and building a culture of inclusive excellence, continuing professional development events for up-and-coming professionals from underrepresented groups, and creating a Conference student-athlete of color council.

"Through the collaborative work of the committee in conjunction with the work being done on each of our campuses, our goal is to foster a diverse, equitable and inclusive environment for all students, coaches, and staff across the Conference," NESCAC Executive Director Andrea Savage said.