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MOAA Contributing to the National Study of Intercollegiate Athletics

Nov. 15, 2012

CLEVELAND - The Minority Opportunities Athletic Association (MOAA) and the University of Wisconsin's Equity & Inclusion Library (Wei LAB) have been working collaboratively on the National Study of Intercollegiate Athletics (NSIA).

The NSIA is a study concerning hiring practices and work environments as they relate to minority athletics administrators in intercollegiate athletics.

"Part of MOAA's mission is to advocate for increased employment opportunities for minorities looking to pursue a career in athletics administration," said MOAA President Sean T. Frazier, deputy athletics director at the University of Wisconsin. "This study parallels our mission and we look forward to helping contribute and promoting best practices for diversity and inclusion."

The study will assist institutions in analyzing their athletics departments in terms of diversity and inclusion by providing institutions with a comprehensive overview of their hiring practices and existing perceptions of the work environment in their departments.

"Wei Lab's partnership with MOAA represents an opportunity to systematically examine hiring practices in intercollegiate athletic departments with the goal of finding ways to improve the participation of all groups in leadership roles," said Dr. Jerlando F. L. Jackson, Wei Lab Director and Senior Research Scientist.

In the upcoming months, MOAA will develop a subcommittee dedicated to the efforts of this study.

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 48th year. For more information on NACDA and the 13 professional associations that fall under its umbrella, please visit www.nacda.com.

About Wei Lab: Wei Lab was established at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in May of 2010. The Wei Lab is an externally-funded research lab housed within the world-renowned Wisconsin Center for Educational Research. The Wei Lab is dedicated to conducting both basic and applied research on topics of equity and inclusion in education, with a particular focus on higher education. Broadly constructed, it operationalizes equity and inclusion as efforts taken by organizations to ensure educational success for all of its constituents. For more information on Wei Lab visit http://weilab.wceruw.org/aboutus.html.