Aug. 17, 2011
CLEVELAND - The 2010-11 academic year was impressive for the Minority Opportunities Athletic Association (MOAA), who had one of their best Symposium's to date at the 2011 NACDA Convention in Orlando, Florida.
"I could not be more proud of our accomplishments over the last year," stated MOAA President Sean T. Frazier, deputy athletics director at Wisconsin. "The Board of Directors and the membership really came together to put on a great Symposium and I look forward to continuing that vigor into 2012."
For the first time in 2011, MOAA successfully involved individuals from its membership to sit on a committee and assist with the Symposium planning process.
Some of MOAA's other accomplishments over the last year include the implementation of a quarterly e-newsletter, outlining current news within the Association, highlighting members and featuring articles concerning diversity and inclusion, as well as sending out letters of advocacy on behalf of the Association to presidents and chancellors of institutions conducting athletics director searches. The intent of these letters was not to recommend individuals for the position, but to encourage open discussion about the inclusion of minority candidates in the search process.
In addition, MOAA announced a joint award between the Association and the NCAA to recognize and celebrate the initiatives, policies and practices of athletics departments and organizations that embrace equality, diversity and inclusion within the campus, community or athletics industry. The inaugural award will be presented during the 2012 MOAA Symposium, in conjunction with the annual NACDA Convention in Dallas, Texas.
MOAA engaged in initial discussions with the NCAA Division III office to help develop an educational program/workshop specifically for their athletics administrators, in an ongoing effort toward the recruitment, development and retention of minority administrators at the Division III level. Ideally, this program would be initiated during the 2012-13 school year, with hopes of making its debut at the 2013 NCAA Convention.
Finally, MOAA plans to continue working on its strategic plan, ultimately assisting the Association and Board of Directors with future planning and the decision-making process. The four main objectives of the plan include growth, empowerment, education and development.
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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 administered by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA), which is in its 47th year. For more information on NACDA and the 12 professional associations that fall under its umbrella, please visit www.nacda.com.