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  • Awareness to Inclusion to Advocacy, Your Next Steps

    Contains 2 Component(s) Includes a Live Web Event on 12/14/2021 at 11:00 AM (PST)

    What now? How do you actually bring inclusion to your school? Can you call yourself an ally? What are your next steps? Our final session will leave you with actionable steps on the personal, professional, and institutional level to get you closer to trans inclusion and be more gender equitable. Resources, including the NIRSA EDI Resource Guide, Campus Pride Sports Index, Campus Diversity Officers, National Governing Bodies for Sport, and programs & policies from NIRSA member institutions’ collegiate recreation programs, will be highlighted for staff training, program assessment, and policy development.

    What now? How do you actually bring inclusion to your school? Can you call yourself an ally? What are your next steps? Our final session will leave you with actionable steps on the personal, professional, and institutional level to get you closer to trans inclusion and be more gender equitable. Resources, including the NIRSA EDI Resource Guide, Campus Pride Sports Index, Campus Diversity Officers, National Governing Bodies for Sport, and programs & policies from NIRSA member institutions’ collegiate recreation programs, will be highlighted for staff training, program assessment, and policy development.

    Learning Objectives:

    • Attendees will be able to identify several actionable steps they can personally take to help further trans inclusion and gender equity.
    • Attendees will be able to identify several actionable steps their department can take to help further trans inclusion and gender equity.

    Competency Areas:

    Personal and Professional Qualities

    CEUs:

    1.0 NIRSA CEUs

     

  • Playing with Inclusion, Assessing the Crossroads of Gender & Sport

    Contains 2 Component(s) Includes a Live Web Event on 11/16/2021 at 11:00 AM (PST)

    In this session we will explore gender inclusion within higher education and collegiate recreation, paying particular attention to current legislative and policy actions occurring around eligibility, societal expectations around preserving and protecting girls and women in sport, and access to sport and recreation facilities and programs, including an overview of National Governing Body policies related to gender identity and trans inclusion.

    In this session we will explore gender inclusion within higher education and collegiate recreation, paying particular attention to current legislative and policy actions occurring around eligibility, societal expectations around preserving and protecting girls and women in sport, and access to sport and recreation facilities and programs, including an overview of National Governing Body policies related to gender identity and trans inclusion.

    Learning Objectives:

    • Attendees will be able to understand the recent legislative and political actions related to transgender eligibility in sport, as well as the impact of these actions in the higher education space.
    • Attendees will be able to articulate how sociocultural gender expectations have informed and influenced current legislative and political actions.
    • Attendees will gain an overview of how several National Governing Bodies have been responding to this legislation.

    Competency Areas:

    Personal and Professional Qualities

    Programming

    CEUs:

    1.5 NIRSA CEUs

     

  • Gender & Trans Inclusion in Collegiate Recreation Series Package

    Contains 8 Component(s) Includes Multiple Live Events. The next is on 10/14/2021 at 11:00 AM (PDT)

    Purchase this package that includes all for sessions to get 20% off! Join NIRSA in a four-part webinar series that dives into Gender Identity & Trans Inclusion in Collegiate Recreation. Each session has been informationally curated to meet the needs of any audience member; whether you are well versed in gender identity, identify within the queer and trans community, or are simply seeking some support in understanding gender identity, this series is for you. You are encouraged to engage with all four sessions; however, each session has their own learning objectives and can stand alone. When you purchase this bundle, you'll get access to “Gender 101 & the Trans Experience”, “Navigating Trans Inclusion: Exploring Common Ground” , “Playing with Inclusion, Assessing the Crossroads of Gender & Sport”, and “Awareness to Inclusion to Advocacy, Your Next Steps” !

    Purchase this bundle that includes all four sessions to get 20% off!

    Join NIRSA in a four-part webinar series that dives into Gender Identity & Trans Inclusion in Collegiate Recreation. Each session has been informationally curated to meet the needs of any audience member; whether you are well versed in gender identity, identify within the queer and trans community, or are simply seeking some support in understanding gender identity, this series is for you. You are encouraged to engage with all four sessions; however, each session has their own learning objectives and can stand alone. 

    When you purchase this bundle, you'll get access to “Gender 101 & the Trans Experience”, “Navigating Trans Inclusion:  Exploring Common Ground” , “Playing with Inclusion, Assessing the Crossroads of Gender & Sport”, and “Awareness to Inclusion to Advocacy, Your Next Steps” !

  • Navigating Trans Inclusion: Exploring Common Ground

    Contains 2 Component(s) Includes a Live Web Event on 10/14/2021 at 11:00 AM (PDT)

    Join us for a 60 minute panel of higher education professionals and faculty exploring finding common ground, particularly around the intersection of faith and politics during this divisive era. Common Ground seeks to create a space where faith-based institutions and individuals can lean into a brave space to engage in conversation around opportunities and challenges in supporting all students and colleagues of various gender identities. The panel will introduce the NCAA Common Ground program that has been utilized in many athletic departments around the country, how the model could be utilized in collegiate recreation, lessons learned, and salient topics that have helped folks lean into finding common ground.

    Join us for a 60 minute panel of higher education professionals and faculty exploring finding common ground, particularly around the intersection of faith and politics during this divisive era. Common Ground seeks to create a space where faith-based institutions and individuals can lean into a brave space to engage in conversation around opportunities and challenges in supporting all students and colleagues of various gender identities. The panel will introduce the NCAA Common Ground program that has been utilized in many athletic departments around the country, how the model could be utilized in collegiate recreation, lessons learned, and salient topics that have helped folks lean into finding common ground.

    Learning Objectives:

    • Attendees will be able to understand some of the opportunities and challenges in supporting all students and colleagues of various gender identities.
    • Attendees will recognize how the NCAA Common Ground framework can be applied in student affairs-based settings.

    Competency Areas:

    Personal and Professional Qualities

    CEUs:

    1.0 NIRSA CEUs

     

  • NIRSA President Town Hall--October 2021

    Contains 1 Component(s) Includes a Live Web Event on 10/07/2021 at 9:00 AM (PDT)

    Join Cara and other members of the NIRSA Board of Directors at noon Eastern/9:00am Pacific on October 7 for a virtual town hall event and take advantage of this chance to ask questions and get updates about the Association, specifically around NIRSA’s strategic plan and ongoing strategic priority work. This virtual town hall will be a great chance to learn more about NIRSA efforts around inclusive excellence, health and wellbeing, and reimagined learning and networking opportunities. Plus, hosts will provide an update about NIRSA’s financial health.

    Join Cara and other members of the NIRSA Board of Directors at noon Eastern/9:00am Pacific on October 7 for a virtual town hall event and take advantage of this chance to ask questions and get updates about the Association, specifically around NIRSA’s strategic plan and ongoing strategic priority work.

    This virtual town hall will be a great chance to learn more about NIRSA efforts around inclusive excellence, health and wellbeing, and reimagined learning and networking opportunities. Plus, hosts will provide an update about NIRSA’s financial health.

  • Gender 101 & the Trans Experience

    Contains 2 Component(s)

    This session will break down the foundational terminology relating to gender and sexuality in order to understand the complexity of the trans experience. In the latter 45 minutes of this 90-minute session, you will hear firsthand the lived experiences of trans and nonbinary individuals and how their identity plays a role in their collegiate experiences.

    This session will break down the foundational terminology relating to gender and sexuality in order to understand the complexity of the trans experience. In the latter 45 minutes of this 90-minute session, you will hear firsthand the lived experiences of trans and nonbinary individuals and how their identity plays a role in their collegiate experiences.

    Learning Objectives:

    • Attendees will be able to understand foundational terminology related to gender and sexuality, preparing them for full engagement in future sessions.
    • Attendees will be able to understand the complexities of trans experiences.
    • Attendees will gain insights into the experiences of trans individuals in the field of higher education, and specifically campus recreation.

    Competency Areas:

    Personal and Professional Qualities

     CEUs:

    1.0 NIRSA CEUs

    Wendy Motch-Ellis

    Director, Campus Recreation

    University of North Carolina Asheville

    Wendy B. Motch-Ellis has over 25 years of experience working in collegiate and community recreation, as well as experience with campus activities and residential life within higher education. Wendy is currently the Director of Campus Recreation at the University of North Carolina Asheville and she is an active member of NIRSA, the professional association for leaders in collegiate recreation.  She serves on the 2021-2022 NIRSA Assembly and spent several years as Co-Chair for NIRSA’s Commission on Equity, Diversity & Inclusion, where she helped co-author NIRSA’s Statement on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, NIRSA’s National Collegiate Championship Series Transgender Inclusion Guidelines, and served as editor and resource author for NIRSA’s publication Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion:  A Resource Guide for Leaders in Colelgiate Recreation.  Wendy spent multiple years participating in the Nike LGBT Sports Coalition, brought in national leading experts on LGBT inclusion in sport as presenters and advisors to NIRSA, served as a consultant on the development of the Campus Pride Sports Index, and she has been instrumental in changing the narrative around LGBT inclusion within collegiate recreation. 

    She has been a facilitator, trainer, and instructor on diversity and inclusion topics related to LGBT inclusion in sports and recreation, adaptive and inclusive recreation, the power of sport to create social change, critical conversation on equity and anti-racism work, salient identities and increased awareness of lived experiences, and ally development.  Wendy has also led training and taught undergraduate and graduate level courses on diversity, risk education, legal issues in kinesiology related professions,Title IX, and minors on campus.  She has presented educational sessions at NIRSA’s annual conference, NIRSA’s Club Sports Symposium, Emerging Recreational Sports Leadership conference; has authored numerous articles and been a guest presenter or panelist for several professional associations. She also served as a past chair of NIRSA’s Government Relations committee and representative to CHEMA’s policy group tracking federal policies and laws impacting higher education.  

    Wendy competed in varsity swimming as an undergraduate student at Austin College and played Sr. Women’s 15s Club Rugby post-college for 15 years. She served as tournament director when USA Rugby hosted the first international women’s sevens tournament in the United States at UCLA and served as team manager from 2007-2008 for the USA Eagles women’s sevens national team. She holds a bachelor’s degree (B.A) in Kinesiology and Psychology from Austin College and a master’s degree (M.S.) in College Student Personnel Administration from Western Illinois University and has completed her coursework and is ABD in pursuit of her Ed.D. at UCLA.  

    In her downtime, Wendy enjoys hiking adventures with her dogs, fishing with her wife, pickleball, music, gaming, and a little Texas Hold ‘Em. 

    Lauren Brown

    Coordinator of Operations & Fitness

    Red Rocks Community College

    Allie Bogard

    Coordinator of Intramural & Club Sports

    Montana State University

    Amber Mateer

    Associate Director of Campus Recreation

    Plymouth State University

    Amber Mateer currently serves as the Associate Director of Campus Recreation at Plymouth State University in Plymouth, New Hampshire. Their start in collegiate recreation began at UC Santa Cruz, Amber's undergraduate institution. While pursuing Sociology and Art degrees, Amber worked for the Athletics and Recreation department for all four years, among a host of other student life focused offices. After landing a Graduate Assistantship at University of the Pacific in Stockton, California Amber continued to fall in love with the field of collegiate recreation. Although the COVID-19 pandemic made the two years of graduate work very different than expected, collaborating virtually with colleagues both at University of the Pacific and within the NIRSA Assembly became second nature. Amber is currently finishing up their master's thesis which specifically looks at the impact virtual learning has had on the identity formation and process of queer & trans college students.  

    Dr. Genny Beemyn

    Director, the Stonewall Center; Coordinator,  Campus Pride's Trans Policy Clearinghouse

    University of Massachusetts, Amherst

    Genny Beemyn, Ph.D., is the director of the UMass Amherst Stonewall Center and the coordinator of Campus Pride’s Trans Policy Clearinghouse. They have published and spoken extensively on the experiences and needs of trans college students, including writing some of the first articles on the topic in the 2000s. Among the books Genny has written are The Lives of Transgender People (2011); A Queer Capital: A History of Gay Life in Washington, D.C. (2014); and the anthology Trans People in Higher Education (2019). With Abbie Goldberg, they edited The SAGE Encyclopedia of Trans Studies (2021). They are currently writing Campus Queer: Addressing the Needs of LGBTQ+ College Students with Mickey Eliason for Johns Hopkins University Press. Genny is also an editorial board member of the Journal of LGBT Youth, the Journal of Bisexuality, the Journal of Lesbian Studies, and the Journal of Homosexuality. They have a Ph.D. in African American Studies and master’s degrees in African American Studies, American Studies, and Higher Education Administration. More about Genny can be found on their website: www.gennyb.com

  • Small Program Solutions: Rebuilding Staff

    Contains 1 Component(s) Recorded On: 08/13/2021

    Southern New Hampshire University has been closed since March 13, 2020. Since then they’ve lost one of their two full-time staff, two graduating classes of students, and are looking to rebuild the headcount and culture this upcoming year. This program is the first of many conversations in the Solution Series on rebuilding your staff. This program is brought to you by the NIRSA Small Programs Committee.

    Southern New Hampshire University has been closed since March 13, 2020. Since then they’ve lost one of their two full-time staff, two graduating classes of students, and are looking to rebuild the headcount and culture this upcoming year. This program is the first of many conversations in the Solution Series on rebuilding your staff. This program is brought to you by the NIRSA Small Programs Committee.

  • Sport Clubs Discussion

    Contains 1 Component(s) Recorded On: 08/13/2021

    ​This program is intended for sport club professionals and students as we prepare to return to play. Topics covered were recruitment/retention, event administration, travel administration, and National Governing Body eligibility concerns.​

    This recording is intended for sport club professionals and students as we prepare to return to play. Topics covered were recruitment/retention, event administration, travel administration, and National Governing Body eligibility concerns.

  • Take It or Leave It: Lessons learned about student employment during COVID

    Contains 1 Component(s) Recorded On: 08/13/2021

    Although we aren’t out of the pandemic yet, this can still be a good time to reflect on what’s changed for student employment since March 2020. There is no doubt that our student employees and our employment routines were disrupted. But what can we learn from how we adapted (or failed)? This program features members of the Student Staff Development Task Force sharing ideas.

    Although we aren’t out of the pandemic yet, this can still be a good time to reflect on what’s changed for student employment since March 2020. There is no doubt that our student employees and our employment routines were disrupted. But what can we learn from how we adapted (or failed)? This recording features members of the Student Staff Development Task Force sharing ideas.

  • Incorporating Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in Student Staff Hiring

    Contains 1 Component(s) Recorded On: 08/13/2021

    Consideration of equity, diversity and inclusion values and practices is important in staff hiring. Hiring for students is no exception. This conversation is focused on ways to reduce bias in our marketing, hiring, and onboarding processes.

    Consideration of equity, diversity and inclusion values and practices is important in staff hiring. Hiring for students is no exception. This conversation is focused on ways to reduce bias in our marketing, hiring, and onboarding processes.