Seeking Common Ground: Welcoming/Accommodating Religion and Gender Identity Differences in Collegiate Recreation Programs

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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.

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




Pat Griffin

Professor Emerita

University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Common Ground Leadership Team

Helen Carroll

Retired, Former Athletic Director & National Center for Lesbian Rights Sports Project Director

Common Ground Leadership Team

Liz Darger

Senior Associate Athletic Director

BYU, Common Ground Leadership Team

Skip Lord

National Director of Athletic Engagement, former Athletic Director

Houghton College, Common Ground Leadership Team

Mark Williams

Director of Recreation

University of Notre Dame

Tori Landron

Assistant Director of Sport Programs

Northern Kentucky University

Laura Steed

Executive Director and Community Leader at L'Arche North Carolina, Former Chaplain

Pacific University


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