NCAA Honors Athletics for Diversity and Inclusion
NIU President Doug Baker joined Associate Vice President and Director of Athletics Sean Frazier, Faculty Athletics Representative Matt Streb and others in San Antonio, Texas, on January 14, where NIU Athletics was presented with the 2016 NCAA and Minority Opportunities Athletic Association (MOAA) Award for Diversity and Inclusion during the 2016 NCAA Convention. The award recognizes and celebrate the initiatives, policies and practices of colleges, universities and/or athletic conference offices that embrace diversity and inclusion.
NIU Athletics earned the award for its campus programs and partnerships in the DeKalb community following direct steps to keep diversity and inclusion as a priority. Athletics recently revised its departmental vision statement and strategic plan to specifically reflect a commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion and for its efforts to work more cohesively with diverse constituents. The department also dedicated one of its core values to inclusion.
Frazier co-chaired NIU’s inaugural diversity and inclusion task force which recommended hiring the university’s first chief diversity officer; co-presented an inaugural campus workshop on diversity and equal opportunity; and appointed staff within athletics to specifically monitor diversity, inclusion and equity. Athletics also served as a co-sponsor in collaboration with other campus offices to host a conference called “Diversity: Strengthening the Pillars of Community,” and formed a task force to work on projects that include a diversity/inclusion action plan and a work/life climate survey.