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LGBT SportSafe 2018 Year In Review Newsletter

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LGBT SportSafe SAAC Mobile Video Challenge
Congratulations to the 2018 SAAC Challenge winners, UCLA and Fayetteville State University! The inaugural LGBT SportSafe SAAC Challenge was a huge success as videos were shared around the world as student-athletes expressed the importance of being champions of respect in college athletics. To find out how your SAAC can join the movement to make college athletics LGBT SportSafe, visit the SAAC Challenge website. The video submission date for participants in the 2019 SAAC Challenge is Tuesday, March 19, 2019. #WeAreLGBTSportSafe

Out In The Community
2018 NCAA Inclusion Forum

LGBT SportSafe co-founders, Nevin Caple and Dr. Eric Lueshen, led a session titled, “Building an Inclusive Athletic Department with LGBT SportSafe”. Attendees explored best practices and policies for LGBTQ inclusion, while gaining a better understanding of inclusive language and how to support student-athletes of all orientations. More than 470 higher education and intercollegiate athletics leaders and student-athletes joined the NCAA Office of Inclusion in Indianapolis at the JW Marriott for the seventh annual NCAA Inclusion Forum. For more information on the NCAA Inclusion Forum, click here:

Common Ground IV
Brigham Young University hosted Common Ground IV to explore how representatives of LGBTQ and faith-based communities can work more cohesively in college sports and higher education. LGBT SportSafe Co-founders, Nevin Caple and Dr. Eric Lueshen, were among the 60+ individuals in attendance. Participants included student-athletes, conference commissioners, athletic directors and administrators, LGBTQ advocacy and faith leaders from around the country. The main goal of Common Ground is to establish inclusive and respectful athletic environments for participants of all sexual orientations, gender identities and religious beliefs.

Campus & Athletic Conference Programming
LGBT SportSafe Co-founders, Nevin Caple and Dr. Eric Lueshen, have been all over the country assisting the following campuses with inclusion strategy development and implementation:
Adelphi University
Bowie State University
Brigham Young University
Carroll University
Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA)
Florida State University
Houghton College
Kennesaw State University
Mountain East Conference
Northwestern University
Penn State University
Pomona-Pitzer College
Soka University
Temple University
Texas Tech University
University of Colorado-Boulder
University of Illinois
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
University of Oregon
University of South Carolina
Virginia State University
West Virginia University
Winston-Salem State University
And more…

LGBT SportSafe Member Spotlights

Northwestern University
Northwestern Athlete Alliance joined LGBT SportSafe for its second annual LGBT & Ally Inclusion Kickball Game. The kickball game featured a team of student-athletes versus a team comprised of Northwestern Department of Athletics and Recreation (NUDAR) coaches and staff. In addition to a spirited game of kickball, attendees heard messages from LGBT SportSafe co-founder Dr. Eric Lueshen, student-athletes, and coaches on the importance of the Northwestern Athlete Alliance and NUDAR’s support of the LGBTQ+ community.

Soka University Athletics
Soka Athletics continues to be a shining example of inclusion in the NAIA. Not only has Soka undergone sports-specific LGBTQ inclusion training, but they have also taken the initiative to create their very own LGBT SportSafe Student-Athlete Pledge. The pledge speaks to how student-athletes will work to create an inclusive environment for people of all sexual orientations and gender identities. Soka also hosted their first LGBT SportSafe Pride Night for both men’s and women’s soccer teams on Sept. 29, 2018. All fans received a Soka Athletics rainbow bracelet.

CIAA Conference and America East Conference
Both the CIAA and America East Conferences have shown an unparalleled commitment to diversity and inclusion in sport. Through programming initiatives, social media campaigns and policy implementation, both conferences are providing ongoing support for student-athletes in the areas of LGBTQ inclusion, mental wellness, student-athlete activism and more.

Resa Lovelace, Founders Club Chair
We would like to send a special thank you to Resa Lovelace, Assistant Athletic Director for Student-Athlete Development at University of Maryland. Prior to Maryland, Resa was responsible for student-athlete development at University of Oregon. Resa serves as Founders Club Chair helping LGBT SportSafe meet the evolving needs of the athletic community through her engagement with the SAAC Challenge and various initiatives. We couldn’t do this important work without you, Resa!

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Adelphi University Athletic Department is Awarded Gold Medallion Status

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Garden City, N.Y. – The Adelphi University athletic department has been awarded gold medallion status, the highest honor by the organization, by LGBT SportSafe for its efforts in creating an LGBTQ-inclusive athletic community.

As a Founders’ Club member of LGBT SportSafe, Adelphi joins an elite group of institutions recognized as early adopters of inclusion. Founders Club status is awarded to the first two institutions from an NCAA-affiliated conference to complete join the program. Adelphi joins Pace University from the Northeast-10 Conference, and other athletic programs including the University of Oregon, the University of Nebraska, UCLA, North Carolina, Temple and Northwestern have earned this distinction.

LGBT SportSafe works to make inclusion efforts sustainable by educating coaches and administrators on how they can lay an inclusive foundation to support student-athletes. The goal is to make every college and university in the United States LGBT SportSafe, so coaches and athletes alike can compete in welcoming, respectful and inclusive athletic communities.

“We are excited to be recognized by LGBT SportSafe and are thrilled to be one of the early champions of this great program in the NE10,” said Athletic Director Danny McCabe.

“One of the pillars of Momentum, the strategic plan of the university, is for us all to strive to be a model of diversity and inclusion – and this is a wonderful step for us on that road.”

LGBT SportSafe launched the “3-Peat Model” to help administrators champion a culture of respect and inclusion in collegiate athletics.

To qualify for the program, completion of training for coaches and administrative staff must receive training on creating inclusive teams, as well as updating department policies to include protections for LGBTQ student-athletes and coaches. Upon completion of the “3-Peat Model” assessment, an institution is awarded a gold, silver or bronze medallion for the athletic department website.

Gold status indicates that a collegiate athletic department has the highest commitment to inclusion.

Adelphi’s road to certification began in February, as the athletic department welcomed the organization’s co-founder Nevin Caple to campus to speak to student-athletes and athletic department staff about the importance of inclusion.

“We are thrilled to welcome Adelphi University to the LGBT SportSafe Inclusion Program as a Founders Club member. Since visiting campus earlier this year, the athletic administrators and coaches have shown a real commitment to addressing the LGBTQ inclusion needs of their student-athletes,” said Caple.

“Adelphi leadership is setting a precedent for other schools to follow and we are so excited to continue supporting their inclusion efforts through our partnership.”

For the 2017-18 year, the athletic department also instituted an internal Athletics Diversity and Inclusion Council, which developed a statement on diversity and a pledge that Adelphi athletes signed to champion a climate of diversity, inclusion and equity both on and off-campus.

LGBT SportSafe Announces Inaugural SAAC Challenge Winners

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LGBT SportSafe Announces Inaugural SAAC Challenge Winners

Congratulations to the winners of the inaugural SAAC Challenge, UCLA and Fayetteville State University! UCLA received over 1,000 votes to claim the LGBT SportSafe SAAC Challenge Division I title, while Fayetteville State received almost 500 votes to win the Division II/III title. Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) representatives from 20 institutions participated in the inaugural LGBT SportSafe SAAC Challenge to address the importance of inclusion in college athletics and why they are proud to be LGBT SportSafe. The videos gained traction around the globe, as student-athletes led the charge for change.

“I am so proud and excited that UCLA won the LGBT SportSafe SAAC Challenge this year! We work very hard to foster a safe and inclusive environment within our close-knit athletics family here in Westwood,” said Katie Grover, a member of the swimming & diving team and Bruin Ambassador at UCLA. “The SAAC Challenge is a great way to get other schools across the country involved in this important movement!”

In the spirit of friendly competition, participating institutions challenged a total of 47 rival institutions to join the SAAC Challenge. Rival schools must first qualify for the LGBT SportSafe Inclusion Program prior to joining the SAAC Challenge to show a commitment to improving the culture of athletics. Schools that meet SAAC Challenge guidelines will be invited to participate in the Fall 2018 cohort.

Thousands of votes were cast from over 20 different countries to determine the winners of the inaugural SAAC Challenge. Participating schools were divided into two categories, Division I and Division II/III . The institutions receiving the most votes in each division won the SAAC Challenge. University of Massachusetts Lowell, received the second highest number of votes in the Division I category, while Winston-Salem State University came in second place for Division II/III.

“Now, more than ever, we must do everything in our power to block any blow to undermine equality for all Americans. Winning the LGBT SportSafe SAAC Video Challenge makes me proud to be a part of an institution with SAAC students who are serious about their commitment to becoming a leading HBCU in promoting diversity and inclusion for all,” said Dr. LaWanda D. Miller, Senior Woman Administrator at Fayetteville State. “Leading the charge to defend and protect the rights of the LGBT community means that we are all winning.”

Ric Coy, Director of Student-Athlete Development at UCLA said, “At UCLA our motto is ‘Champions Made Here’ and that goes for everything we do. Being champions of inclusion is important to our administrators, coaches and student-athletes because we want to provide a safe environment for everyone to achieve success. Being a part of the LGBT SportSafe SAAC Challenge shows just how committed we are to ensuring all members of the UCLA Athletics community are valued and respected. I am beyond proud that we won because it was truly an all-around Bruin effort.”

Congratulations to the LGBT SportSafe SAAC Challenge winners and each of the participating institutions! The SAAC Challenge was successful because of your commitment to making sport culture inclusive and safe for all student-athletes.

The LGBT SportSafe Inclusion Program was founded to create an infrastructure for athletic leadership to support LGBTQ inclusion in college and professional sports. LGBT SportSafe launched in partnership with University of Oregon, Northwestern University and University of Nebraska, using a new framework, the 3-Peat Model, to help administration champion a culture of respect and inclusion.

 

Contact:

Dr. Eric Lueshen, eric@lgbtsportsafe.com

Nevin Caple, nevin@lgbtsportsafe.com

 

LGBT SportSafe SAAC Challenge Website: https://saac.lgbtsportsafe.com/

Follow us on social media: @LGBTSportSafe + #WeAreLGBTSportSafe

 

LGBT SportSafe Spring 2018 Inaugural Cohort

 

Binghamton University

Bowie State University

DePauw University

Fayetteville State University

Northwestern University

Pace University

Shaw University

Soka University

Stony Brook University

UCLA

UMass Lowell

UMBC

UNC

University of Albany

University of California, Berkeley

University of Hartford

University of Nebraska

University of Oregon

University of Vermont

Winston-Salem State University

 

LGBT SportSafe SAAC Challenge Press Release

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We are thrilled to announce the launch of the LGBT SportSafe SAAC Challenge today. The SAAC Challenge launches in partnership with 20 colleges and universities committed to creating an inclusive athletic culture for student-athletes, coaches and administrators.

Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) representatives from LGBT SportSafe member institutions kicked off the challenge by creating a short video sharing what being LGBT SportSafe means to them and why inclusion is important. Each video has a creative element in which SAAC leaders had to follow certain guidelines, such as playing a sport or musical instrument, while producing the video to show LGBT student-athletes are more than just a label.  

Additionally, in the spirit of friendly competition, most schools challenged up to 3 rival institutions to join the movement to create a more inclusive sport culture. The community can vote for their favorite SAAC video on the SAAC Challenge website by clicking the “Cast Your Vote” button next to each video today until Friday, March 30th. The school with the most votes at the end of March will win the 2018 LGBT SportSafe SAAC Challenge Award.

The Spring 2018 inaugural cohort of 20 institutions challenged 55 rival institutions to join the LGBT SportSafe SAAC Challenge. To accept the challenge, schools being challenged who qualify for the LGBT SportSafe Inclusion Program must join the program, develop a strategic plan to improve the athletic department culture and create a video for the challenge. Schools that accept the challenge will be a part of the Fall 2018 cohort.

“Ultimately, we hope the LGBT SportSafe SAAC Challenge will create an inclusive culture led and driven by our student-athletes. This is an opportunity for the entire athletic community to come together in the spirit of healthy, friendly competition,” said LGBT SportSafe Co-founder, Nevin Caple. “Many athletic administrators are trying to take a more sustainable approach to inclusion and we set out to provide the educational tools, resources and collaborative partnership to help them reach their goals.”

The LGBT SportSafe Inclusion Program was founded to create an infrastructure for athletic leadership to support LGBTQ inclusion in college and professional sports. LGBT SportSafe launched in partnership with University of Oregon, Northwestern University and University of Nebraska, using a new framework, the 3-Peat Model, to help administration champion a culture of respect and inclusion.

 

Contact:

Dr. Eric Lueshen, eric@lgbtsportsafe.com

Nevin Caple, nevin@lgbtsportsafe.com

LGBT SportSafe SAAC Challenge Website: https://saac.lgbtsportsafe.com

Follow us on social media: @LGBTSportSafe + #WeAreLGBTSportSafe

 

LGBT SportSafe Spring 2018 Inaugural Cohort

Binghamton University

Bowie State University

DePauw University

Fayetteville State University

Northwestern University

Pace University

Shaw University

Soka University

Stony Brook University

UCLA

UMass Lowell

UMBC

UNC

University of Albany

University of California, Berkeley

University of Hartford

University of Nebraska

University of Oregon

University of Vermont

Winston-Salem State University

Pace University Athletics Earns Gold Medallion Status with LGBT SportSafe Partnership

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Pace is the first Northeast-10 Conference institution to be designated as a Founders Club member

The Pace University Athletics Department has received “Gold Medallion” status and prestigious Founders Club membership with LGBT SportSafe in recognition of its efforts to build a more inclusive athletics community and an environment of respect for LGBTQ student-athletes. The LGBT SportSafe program was created to develop a framework of programming, policy, and public awareness efforts to support LGBTQ inclusion in sports by athletic administrators, coaches, and other sport leaders.

“We are excited to partner with LGBT SportSafe,” said Director of Athletics Mark Brown. “Pace is a very diverse community and we are proud of our inclusion efforts for all of our student-athletes. It is important that we embrace these initiatives that will continue to build awareness and appreciation for everyone.”

Pace will be the first institution in the Northeast-10 Conference to receive this status and implement the LGBT SportSafe program, and only the second NCAA Division II member. The Pace Athletics logo will be featured as a Founders Club member on the LGBT SportSafe website (www.lgbtsportsafe.com). The Founders Club is an elite group of early leaders in LGBT inclusion that currently includes the University of Nebraska, Northwestern University, the University of Oregon, UCLA, Temple University, Southern Oregon University, University of Colorado, University of North Carolina, and Fayetteville State University.

“LGBT SportSafe is thrilled to welcome Pace University Athletics to the program as a Founders Club member,” said Dr. Eric Lueshen, LGBT SportSafe Co-Founder and Managing Director. “As our first Northeast-10 Conference school, Pace has made a strong commitment to LGBTQ inclusion in sport and has shown that they are an institution to emulate.”

On December 7, 2016, Pace Athletics hosted its first-ever LGBTQ Pride Hoops Night when the Setter basketball teams hosted Southern Connecticut State University at the Goldstein Fitness Center. The first 300 fans in attendance received a special edition Pride Hoops Night t-shirt and a portion of the proceeds from ticket sales benefited Center Lane LGBTQ Youth and Community Education Center, Westchester’s only lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) youth and community education center. Pace has scheduled this year’s Pride Night for Wednesday, January 31, 2018.

Each year, Director of Multicultural Affairs and Diversity Programs Cornell Craig provides diversity and inclusion training for the Pace football team, while the swimming and diving teams have received Safe Zone training. Pace student-athletes have also participated in workshops and presentations where speakers such as Don McPherson have tackled topics including masculinity and identity, and Wade Davis spoke to LGBTQ students at a conference that was open to the entire Pace community. Others are scheduled for the upcoming academic year.

About Pace University Athletics
Pace University is an NCAA Division II member of the Northeast-10 Conference that sponsors 14 intercollegiate sports. In each of the last two semesters, 72 percent of Pace student-athletes achieved a grade point average of 3.0 or higher, and nine teams have been honored with the NE10 Team Excellence Award since 2011. Pace teams have made 13 NCAA appearances since 2011. In 2015-16, the department unveiled a multi-million dollar facility upgrade that includes two new turf fields. In addition, the new state-of-the-art 14,010 square foot Ianniello Field House recently opened with new locker rooms, new strength and conditioning facilities and a sports medicine component.

For all information regarding Pace University Athletics log on to www.PaceUAthletics.com and follow Pace Athletics on Facebook (T-Bone, Official Mascot of Pace University Athletics), Twitter (@PaceUAthletics) and Instagram (@PaceAthletics).

The 45th Anniversary of Title IX: Gender, Race & LGBT Inclusion of Head Coaches of Women’s Teams

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EXECUTIVE SUMMARY


The special report, produced for the 45th anniversary of Title IX, is a partnership between LGBT SportSafe, The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport (TIDES) at the University of Central Florida, and the Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sport at the University of Minnesota.

Race and gender data for head coaches of women’s teams was collected for eight select NCAA Division I conferences including: American Athletic Conference (AAC), Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC), Big 12, Big East, Big Ten, the Ivy League, Pacific-12 (Pac-12), and Southeastern Conference (SEC). The eight conferences selected for this study were chosen to include the “Power 5” (ACC, Big 12, Big Ten, Pac-12, SEC). The AAC was included because of its potential to be a viable addition to the “Power 5” to create a “Power 6.” Finally, the Big East and the Ivy League, which both have female commissioners, were included to examine whether or not having a woman as a commissioner influenced inclusion efforts. Appendix A summarizes the distribution of schools by conference for 2016-17. Conferences were assigned a grade for race and a separate grade for gender, and recognition was included for LGBT inclusion practices at the institutional and conference level.

This report shows that equity in these eight conferences is far from being achieved regarding the hiring of women and people of color as head coaches of women’s team. In both race and gender, looking only at the Power 5 conferences, the percentage of coaches of color was just under 12 percent while it was 40.8 percent for women. Thus, the Power 5 was consistent with the eight conferences for race but had a lower percentage of head coaches of women’s teams. Efforts for race, gender and LGBT inclusion across conferences and institutions vary greatly (see Table 9 in Full Report). Based on the data in the report, the gender of conference commissioner does not appear to influence inclusion efforts across these three metrics. Additional data is needed to make definitive and statistically significant conclusions on this hypothesis.

Read the full report

For more information, contact:

Richard Lapchick, 407-823-4886

Nicole LaVoi, 612-626-6055, nmlavoi@umn.edu

Nevin Caple, 917-445-2014, nevin@lgbtsportsafe.com

Todd Currie, 561-284-0921, tjcurrie@knights.ucf.edu

Destini Orr, 804-704-0195, destiniorr@knights.ucf.edu

UCLA Athletics Joins LGBT SportSafe Founders Club

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UCLA logoLos Angeles, CA – The UCLA Department of Intercollegiate Athletics is pleased to partner with the LGBT SportSafe Inclusion Program as a Founder Club member. In addition, UCLA was awarded a Gold Medallion for being an institution that is committed to inclusion and has demonstrated that through programming and initiatives to provide a supportive and safe environment for all.

The LGBT SportSafe Inclusion Program was founded in 2015 by Nevin Caple (co-founder of Br{ache the Silence) and Dr. Eric Lueshen (former Nebraska football player). The program uses an algorithm, the 3-Peat Model, to help administrators understand how to implement inclusive programming, policies and public awareness initiatives within their respective athletic communities.

“LGBT SportSafe is excited to welcome UCLA to the program as a Founders Club member,” said Lueshen. “UCLA has been a leader in LGBT inclusion in sport, and their partnership with us reaffirms their commitment to making the world of sport safe for all.”

Founders Club member schools have shown commitment to and helped set new standards in LGBTQ inclusion in sports. In addition to UCLA, current LGBT SportSafe Founders Club members include University of Nebraska, University of North Carolina, Northwestern University, University of Oregon, Temple University, Recreation Services at University of Colorado and the America East Conference.

“For nearly a century, UCLA student-athletes have seized opportunity and helped change how the game is played,” said UCLA Director of Athletics Dan Guerrero. “From trailblazing pioneers like Kenny Washington, Jackie Robinson, Arthur Ashe and Anne Meyers Drysdale who were not initially allowed in, but refused to be out, to activists such as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Bill Walton, UCLA has a proud history of breaking through barriers. Being a member of the Founders Club for the LGBT SportsSafe Inclusion Program directly aligns with our institution’s core values. This honor converges with our history of fighting for inclusion and social justice and should put everyone on notice that regardless of your race, gender, religious beliefs or sexual orientation, at UCLA, if you can play, you can play.”

UCLA Athletics involvement with LBGT SportsSafe is in addition to ongoing LGBTQ departmental initiatives that include the Athlete Allies initiative, the creation of LGBTQ panel discussions for student-athletes and coaches, participation in both the Fearless Project and ‘You Can Play’ national campaign and the formation of a Diversity & Inclusion Committee. At the University level, UCLA Chancellor Gene Block recently signed the NCAA Pledge to promote Diversity and Gender Equity in Intercollegiate Athletics, specifically committing to the establishment of initiatives for achieving ethnic and racial diversity, gender equity and inclusion with a focus on hiring practices in intercollegiate athletics.

“We are extremely proud to be among an elite group of institutions at the forefront of LGBTQ inclusion in sports,” said UCLA Associate Athletic Director Ashley Armstrong, chair of UCLA Athletics’ Diversity & Inclusion Committee. “LBGT SportSafe is a great partner in our continued efforts to educate, support and provide resources for UCLA student-athletes, coaches and staff and is yet another example of our commitment to providing an inclusive environment where everyone is valued and respected.”

To learn more about the LGBT SportSafe Inclusion Program visit lgbtsportsafe.com.

 

Alliance of Women Coaches Announces Partnership With LGBT SportSafe

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The Alliance of Women Coaches and LGBT Sport Safe announced a partnership that will assist in creating inclusive athletic communities for coaches, administrators and student-athletes alike.

Launched earlier this year by co-founders Nevin Caple and Dr. Eric Lueshen, the LGBT SportSafe Inclusion Program was developed to create an infrastructure for athletic administrators, coaches, recreational sports leaders and professional sports leagues to support lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer inclusion.

“The Alliance is proud to take the lead as the first organization to partner with LGBT SportSafe,” said Alliance executive director Megan Kahn. “This partnership is another expression and opportunity for us to live out our mission and values in being a diverse and inclusive community. We are stronger together.”

LGBT SportSafe utilizes a new benchmarking framework to help athletic leadership champion a culture of respect and inclusion. The “3-Peat Model” addresses the importance of Programming, Policy and Public Awareness at all levels of sport, while offering incentives to institutions, teams and leagues that reach inclusion goals. The program, which launched with Founders Club members, University of Nebraska, University of Oregon, and Northwestern University, offers benefits for member institutions that actively engage in inclusion. These include a Gold, Silver or Bronze medallion for the athletic department website, a listing in the LGBT SportSafe national registry of inclusive athletic and recreational sport communities, and exclusive access to Coaches Corner, a comprehensive online resource for LGBT inclusion in sports which provides everything from webinars and model policies to discussion forums and best practices for athletic professionals.

“We are thrilled to partner with the Alliance of Women Coaches. The Alliance has played an integral role in creating opportunities for women, people of color and LGBT coaches to be valued and respected in their profession,” said Caple. “It means a great deal to announce the partnership during LGBT History Month, recognizing the trailblazers who paved the way for this partnership to exist.”

The Alliance of Women Coaches is the premier organization dedicated to leading the field of women coaches, at all levels, by providing support, resources, and unparalleled events and programs which address the needs and interests of its members. The NCAA Women Coaches Academy, conducted in partnership between the Alliance and the NCAA, is a unique, transformational in-person learning opportunity for female coaches. LGBT SportSafe practices will continue to be incorporated into the three Academies conducted annually and attendees will learn best practices and policies critical to creating an inclusive environment.

For more information on the Alliance of Women Coaches, visit www.gocoaches.org

For more information on the LGBT SportSafe Inclusion Program, visit www.lgbtsportsafe.com

UNC Athletics Joins LGBT SportSafe Founders Club

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screen-shot-2016-10-18-at-9-38-18-pmCHAPEL HILL, N.C. – LGBT SportSafe Inclusion Program has named the North Carolina Department of Athletics a member of its Founders Club, recognizing UNC’s commitment to creating and maintaining a supportive and safe environment for all.

Founders Club member schools have shown commitment to and helped set new standards in LGBTQ inclusion in sports. The designation is available to the first two schools from each conference that reach the required standards. Other athletic departments that are members of the LGBT SportSafe Founders Club are Nebraska, Northwestern, Oregon and Temple. Recreation Services at University of Colorado is also a member, as is the America East Conference.

“We’re proud to be members of the LGBT SportSafe Founders Club and to support the organization’s programing and mission,” said UNC’s Cricket Lane, the Assistant Athletic Director for Student-Athlete Development. “Our Department of Athletics includes more than 1,000 people when you bring in students, coaches and staff. We want to be sure that everyone feels comfortable, supported and welcome.”

In addition to Founders Club recognition, UNC has been awarded a Gold Medallion as an institution that is committed to inclusion and has demonstrated that through programming, policy and public awareness. Medallions are awarded based on reaching specific inclusion goals, with gold being the highest.

The LGBT SportSafe Inclusion Program uses an algorithm, the 3-Peat Model, to help administrators understand how to implement inclusive programming, policies and public awareness initiatives within their respective athletic communities.

Ashley Dai, a member of the Tar Heel women’s tennis team who graduated in May of 2016, was a driving force behind Carolina’s efforts to gain Founders Club and Gold Medallion status. “To be one of the first to implement the program is a very proud moment for all of us who have worked to create a more open and accepting environment in UNC athletics,” Dai said. “I believe that LGBT SportSafe can further bridge the gap of any disconnect or misunderstanding between LGBTQ student-athletes and their peers, coaches, or administrators. More than anything though, I hope that this helps LGBTQ student-athletes realize that they are not alone and that there are amazing allies around them.”
The LGBT SportSafe Inclusion Program was founded by Nevin Caple and Dr. Eric Lueshen earlier this year. In addition to raising awareness, it educates athletic institutions in the implementation of inclusive programming and policies.

“We are thrilled to welcome our first Atlantic Coast Conference partner institution, University of North Carolina,” said Caple. “UNC has shown a commitment to protecting LGBT student-athletes, coaches and administrators, and continues to play a key leadership role in making sport safe for all.”

For more information on LGBT SportSafe, go to lgbtsportsafe.com.

University of Colorado Boulder Recreation Services Becomes First Recreation Department to Partner with LGBT SportSafe

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CU Boulder Recreational ServicesBOULDER, CO – CU Boulder Recreation Services announced today that it has partnered with LGBT SportSafe to become the first recreational sports department in the country to join the inclusion program. The department has earned the LGBT SportSafe Inclusion Program SILVER Medallion, and will serve as a Founders Club member.

Prior to this announcement, only intercollegiate athletics departments had representation as members of the LGBT SportSafe Inclusion Program. CU Boulder Recreation Services now joins university athletic departments such as Nebraska, Northwestern, Oregon and Temple in leading the way for LGBT inclusion in sport.

“University of Colorado Boulder Recreation Services is pleased to partner with LGBT SportSafe to better support and educate sport club athletes, recreation members, recreation staff and the greater campus community,” said CU Boulder Recreation Services Director Gary Chadwick. “We believe in the unique, action oriented mission of LGBT SportSafe and how this relationship will further advance our efforts of inclusion and diversity.”

The LGBT SportSafe Inclusion Program uses a new algorithm, the 3-Peat Model, to help administrators understand how to implement inclusive programming, policies and public awareness initiatives within their respective athletic communities. The program was founded by Nevin Caple and Dr. Eric Lueshen in 2016 to help build a sustainable and lasting approach around LGBT inclusion efforts within sport. Member institutions that actively engage in inclusion will be awarded a Gold, Silver or Bronze medallion for the athletic or recreational sport department’s website, a listing in the LGBT SportSafe national registry of inclusive athletic and recreational sport communities, and exclusive access to Coaches Corner, a comprehensive online resource for LGBT inclusion in sports which provides everything from webinars and model policies to discussion forums and best practices for athletic professionals.

“LGBT SportSafe is thrilled to welcome the University of Colorado Boulder Recreation Services to the program as a Founders Club member,” said Lueshen. “As the first recreational sports department to join the program, CU Boulder is taking the lead on LGBT inclusion in rec sports.”
Caple and Lueshen hope to team up with organizations like the National Intramural and Recreational Sports Association (NIRSA) to bring LGBT SportSafe to campus recreation departments around the country. “We value NIRSA’s commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion and would like to take a more sustainable approach to build upon existing efforts to make campus recreation LGBT SportSafe.”