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.
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