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.

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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” !

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • A Discussion on Inclusion and Member Experience-Applying NIRSA's Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Resource Guide to Member Services

    Contains 1 Component(s) Recorded On: 05/14/2021

    Equity, diversity & inclusion is regularly discussed on college campuses. But we want to take a deeper dive into what practical applications are being applied in our work settings within collegiate recreation, specifically focused in the area of member services. What are we doing to emphasize the importance of inclusion? How can we take the resource guide developed by the NIRSA Commission on Equity, Diversity & Inclusion and make positive changes in our day to day operations? Join us during this session as we highlight ideas already in action, discuss challenges and idea share with colleagues.

  • Perceived Stress and Concerns of College Students at a Hispanic-serving Institution in the Time of COVID-19

    Contains 2 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 03/05/2021

    The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the lives of many people. College students experienced an abrupt change in their lives. Suddenly, all their courses were fully online, and their campus was closed until further notice. For some students, the university provided access to essential goods and services that they severely depended on. Students who utilized access to their university’s facilities such as the recreation/fitness center, dining halls, libraries, and campus life buildings suddenly had nowhere to go. Some students depended on other services the university could no longer provide such as small business mentorship, free arts and cultural events, free local television programming, and an Institute of Health Equity dedicated to the community. This presentation will share findings from a study that measured perceived stress and key concerns that undergraduate students experienced during the COVID-19 Pandemic while attending a Hispanic-serving institution.

  • Staff Engagement with Diversity and Inclusion in Collegiate Recreation

    Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 03/05/2021

    ​Collegiate recreation professionals play a large role in the offering of programs, facilities, and services to a college campus. Some research findings suggest that recreation offerings are not reaching all communities on the college campus - specifically, participants with marginalized social identities. The purpose of this research study was to understand the role of collegiate recreation professionals in creating equitable and inclusive recreation opportunities. Findings and implications from this case study will be discussed.

  • Ask the Black Girl: A Conversation Spanning Wellbeing to Improved Programming for Black Students

    Contains 2 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 02/23/2021

    Stigma, inequality, and injustices surrounding human rights persist in our culture today. Sadly, the color of a person’s skin plays a significant role in how people are perceived, respected, and handled. We know that racism, both deliberate and unintentional, affects the health and wellbeing of individuals and groups.   As campus recreations professionals, we must consider how we can each contribute to a culture where all people feel included. Join a conversation between Michele Martin, a white woman working at a predominantly white institution (PWI), and Chavonne Shorter, a Black woman who previously worked at a historically black college &university (HBCU). Listen to their dialogue exchange to hear how they have been able to learn from one another and how their conversation can inform the development of successful programming for people of color on a PWI campus.