Coach Masterclass

Chapter 13: Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

Many coaches and administrators are starting to wake up to the role they can play in the discussions and decision-making processes to help eliminate racism, biases, bigotry, sexism and anti-semitism from their college campuses and within the community. This sense of awareness and responsibility is a great first step to help make college tennis programs a more inclusive place for our student-athletes.

In order to make college tennis diverse, equitable and inclusive towards one and all, it is important to take a moment to understand what these terms (DEI – Diversity, Equity and Inclusion) truly mean. People are not diverse, we are individuals. DIVERSITY is relational, it’s about the differences between people within your teams. INCLUSION is not a natural consequence of a diverse team — we need to design for it, we must work to understand what those we work with need to feel valued and included. EQUITY means focusing on everyone’s individual needs rather than EQUALITY which means treating everyone the same (these definitions were found HERE). 

The following visual and auditory content and resources provided below help equip coaches with some fundamental knowledge as to how they can start or continue to foster diverse,equitable and inclusive teams while meeting the individualistic needs of the players/student-athletes they coach.

Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion with J. Webb Horton

J. Webb Horton is the Director of Community Outreach at Florida Gulf Coast University. A former college tennis coach himself, J. Webb has recently assisted a number of college tennis coaches in opening up the dialogue with their teams about diversity, equity and inclusion matters. In this video, he shares some of the insights from the conversations he has had with coaches and student-athletes to date, his own personal experiences, and provides many thoughtful insights and resources for coaches to explore further.

Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion with Kirk Walker

Kirk Walker came out publicly in 2005 and was labeled by the media as the first Division I coach to be publicly out. During the years that followed he helped NIKE launch the #BETRUE Initiative to help fund the LGBT Sports Coalition — which he is a founding member of. Kirk helped launch Equality Coaching Alliance in 2011 and it has grown to over 1000 members that include coaches, administrators, athletic trainers, officials, Olympians and other sports professionals working at the high school, collegiate, and professional level of sports. In addition to ECA, Kirk works extensively with another LGBT sports network called GOSPACE. This group is specifically for current and former student athletes from the high school and collegiate level that identify as LGBT. This group has exploded in recent years and will surpass 1000 members by the end of 2020.

Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion with Cathy Lee

Catherine Lee is currently an assistant director of education for the Anti-Defamation League (ADL). Cathy served in the Peace Corps in Mali, West Africa and was also a teacher in San Diego County. She now works with the education team at the ADL, where she works to help others weave themes of challenging bias and bigotry into programming, while building skills to examine effects of stereotyping and prejudice. These skills help participants think more carefully about their participation in bias-based behaviors and their roles in creating more respectful, inclusive communities. Catherine also shared the following links that will allow you to learn more about the work the ADL is doing and some other links to further your education on these matters.

Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion with Dr. Emily Newell

Dr. Emily Newell is an assistant professor of sport management at the University of Southern Maine. She earned her Ph.D. in Sports Management in 2016. Prior to working in academia, she was an intercollegiate athletics professional at the Ohio State University. Her research interest centers around the intersection of intercollegiate sport and higher education, with a focus on international student-athletes, international students, minority students, first generation students, academically at-risk students, and transitional issues faced by student-athletes. In this video, she discusses what it means to be an international student-athlete in the United States and how coaches and institutional staff members can better prepare, support and guide their international student-athlete for success in the United States. 

Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion with Dr. Mac Brown

Dr. Mac Brown is the Assistant Director and training coordinator for the Psychological Health and Performance team at the University of Colorado’s Athletic Department. He is a licensed clinical psychologist in the state of Colorado and acquired his Certified Mental Performance Consultant (CMPC) certification through the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP). As a former NCAA Division I athlete, he enjoys providing support for student-athletes negotiating their gender identities and sexual orientation as young adults while also juggling academics and athletics. In this video, he shares insights from personal experiences and conversations with other student-athletes and coaches about what it means to be trans and various challenges that it presents. He also provides many useful insights and resources to further raise awareness and educate coaches and student-athletes about trans identifying individuals and how to better support this community. 



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