About Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

The higher education environment is being changed by the shifting dynamics of its students and its workforce.

Students and employees are becoming more diverse on a broad range of dimensions including gender, sex, sexual orientation, language, age, ability status, national origin, religion, socio-economic status, as well as race, ethnicity, and heritage. Those who manage programs and services, as well as those who help to develop the talents of students and the workforce, need to be prepared to address the environmental factors that influence performance and affect overall wellbeing.

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  • Contains 1 Component(s) Recorded On: 07/13/2022

    Join Climate Study Implementation Team Co-Chairs Victoria Lopez-Herrera (NIRSA At-Large Director), Cara Lucia (2021-2022 NIRSA Board President) and Pam Watts (Executive Director) to review key findings and recommendations from the final Climate Study. Priority action steps, timeline and opportunities for member involvement will be shared.

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    In 2021, NIRSA partnered with 122 Consulting to embark on a climate assessment initiative with the aim of gathering data about the ways members were experiencing the Association through a lens of justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion (JDEI). Over the fall and winter, a climate assessment—grounded in 122’s Sustained Impact Model that includes self (self-awareness, individual accountability), spheres (interpersonal dynamics, relationships), and systems (embedded culture, policies, and practices)—was conducted by 122 Consulting with oversight and support from NIRSA’s EDI Climate Study Steering Committee. Crucially, this work was supported by NIRSA Foundation donors. Data for the climate study was gathered by surveying members and nonmembers, facilitating focus groups, and receiving input from the Steering Committee. Findings from those efforts are presented and discussed in this report.

  • Contains 8 Component(s) Recorded On: 12/15/2021

    Purchase this package 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” !

  • Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 12/15/2021

    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.

  • Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 11/16/2021

    This is part three of the NIRSA Gender &Trans Inclusion Series. This recording explores 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.

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    This recording is the second installment of the Gender & Trans Inclusion in Collegiate Recreation Series. This session explores finding common ground, particularly around the intersection of faith and transgender and non-binary inclusion in college recreation programs. The Common Ground initiative sponsored by the NCAA is introduced, and the panel focuses on how the model could be utilized in collegiate recreation, as well as lessons learned, finding common ground, and supporting all students and colleagues of various gender identities, religions and sexual orientations.

  • Contains 1 Component(s) Recorded On: 10/05/2021

    The conversation is aimed to help people understand the goal of the NIRSA Championship Series Social Justice Task Force and to inform stakeholders, regardless of where they are in their journey, of how they can positively impact NIRSA and the Championship Series through volunteerism with a social justice lens.

  • Contains 3 Component(s) Recorded On: 09/24/2021

    This recording is the first installment of the Gender & Trans Inclusion in Collegiate Recreation Series. This session breaks down the foundational terminology relating to gender and sexuality in order to understand the complexity of the trans experience. *Please note this recording ends abruptly. As to avoid any confusion, the second half of this 90-minute session was a live component that was not recorded, per the presenter’s request.

  • 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.

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    Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) I has been the hot topic of campus recreation departments for many years, but especially within the past two years. As much as gaming allows for so many people to become engaged, there are some very real and concerning data behind who is playing these games. In this recorded session from the 2021 Esports Institute, you'll take away tips to help you create a program that supports equity, diversity and inclusion.