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Award for Diversity and Inclusion Nominations Being Accepted

July 28, 2017

CLEVELAND - The Minority Opportunities Athletic Association (MOAA) in conjunction with the NCAA is pleased to announce the call for nominations for the 2018 Award for Diversity and Inclusion.

Nominations will be accepted until Sept. 8. CLICK HERE to submit a nomination.

The Award for Diversity and Inclusion represents a partnership formed by the NCAA and MOAA to recognize and celebrate the initiatives, policies and practices of institutions, athletics departments, and/or conference offices that embrace diversity and inclusion across the intercollegiate athletics community.  This can be achieved through community service, professional development, hiring practices or programming activities that enhance opportunities for people of diverse cultures, backgrounds and experiences.

Applications will be reviewed for efforts in the following areas: leadership, infrastructure, evaluation/assessment, education, and collaboration.

NCAA or MOAA member institutions, athletics departments and conference offices are eligible to receive the award.

• Key characteristics of award winners may include:
• Focusing on the importance and the benefits of managing diversity, equality and promoting a culture of inclusion. 
• Raising and deepening awareness of equality and diversity issues, from both an employment and service provision point of view.
• Providing mentoring opportunities and/or programming internally or externally.
• Supporting inclusive and/or diversity related educational/professional development opportunities.
• Implementing creative and inclusive work policies to support the needs of a diverse staff.
• Fostering an environment that celebrates differences.
• Contributions in the last year for innovative initiatives that affect the organization internally or externally.

Nomination and Selection Process

Nominations can be made online until the Sept. 8 deadline through the NCAA Program Hub.  If you are a repeat Program Hub user, log in with your "Program Hub User" email and password. To create a profile as a new user, click the "Create A New Profile" button under the "New User" section. 

Once logged in, click the "Applications" tab located in the middle of the top navigation bar. Click "Start Registration Application - NCAA Award for Diversity and Inclusion" to begin the application. 

Two letters of support are required for all nominations.  Self-nominations are welcome. 

Nominations will describe how the nominee has fostered leadership and commitment to enhance diversity and inclusion and expanded opportunities for students, staff and/or faculty within the athletics community.  Further, letters of support from self-nominated institutions, athletics departments or conference offices must come from members outside of the athletic department/conference office that have knowledge of their accomplishments or involvement with the programming. 

The selection committee will consist of individuals from the MOAA membership, the NCAA Committee on Women's Athletics and the NCAA Minority Opportunities and Interests Committee.   

The 2018 winner will be recognized in January at the 2018 NCAA Convention and participate at the MOAA Symposium to be held in conjunction with the NACDA Convention in June 2018.

Please direct any questions to Sonja Robinson, director of inclusion, at srobinson@ncaa.org.

About MOAA: MOAA promotes equitable employment opportunities for minorities in the athletics industry through the exchange of ideas, the creation of networking opportunities and the advocation of an increase in employment for minorities in athletics administration positions at all levels of the sports industry. The Association also promotes cultivating a sports environment that supports the values necessary to accept aspiring professionals from all walks of life. For more information on MOAA, please visit www.moaaweb.com.  MOAA is partnered with the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA), which is in its 53rd year. For more information on NACDA and the 17 professional associations that fall under its umbrella, please visit www.nacda.com.