“Diversity, equity and inclusion are woven into the fabric of NIU’s athletic department”
The left has been wanting to get their hands on sports in higher education for a long time. It looks like they have pulled it off here.
Campus Reform reports:
This university emphasizes social justice in trainings for coaches, athletes
Earlier this year, Northern Illinois University (NIU) athletics won the NCAA and Minority Opportunities Athletic Association’s Award for Diversity and Inclusion for the second time.
In 2013, NIU established the Diversity Integration Group (DIG) in order to “discuss ongoing diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) efforts and participate in DEI actions.”
“Diversity, equity and inclusion are woven into the fabric of NIU’s athletic department,” the NIU athletics site states.
DIG members include athletic coaches, administrators, student-athletes, a coordinator for undocumented student support, and directors of the Center for Black Studies, Gender and Sexuality Resource Center, and Latino Resource Center.
The university’s hiring practices are focused on racial and gender diversity as “NIU is the only Football Bowl Subdivision school led by a female president whose director of athletics, head football coach and head men’s basketball coach are all African American,” the NCAA states on its website.
In 2020, DIG created the Social Justice Athletics Action Plan which outlined initiatives including marches, town hall meetings, “safe spaces for black men and women student-athletes,” voter registration, early voting initiatives, discussions, and focus groups.
A book club is held for student-athletes which centered around How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi.
The 2021-2024 DIG Action Plan outlines the DEI-related initiatives and objectives the university hopes to achieve presently and in the coming years.
According to the plan, student-athletes have undergone a “Know Your Rights” training with NIU police and the public safety department, and a “diversity and inclusion recruiting plan” has been developed.
This spring, senior staff members will begin to “review their unit’s current diverse representation” focusing on “head and assistant coaches and Supportive Professional Staff.”
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