MAC Hosted Diversity and Inclusion Intercollegiate Forum

Updated 5/23/2010



The Mid American Conference hosted a Diversity and Inclusion Intercollegiate Forum in Cleveland May 22-23. With funding assistance from the NCAA, the event was held in an effort to raise awareness of the need for diversity and inclusion in athletics as well as address present day issues. Through this forum, the goal was to enhance institutional capacity to create and manage a culture of diversity in the workplace for administrators, coaches, student-athletes and other constituents.

The Mid-American Conference and it's member institutions feel that we can improve diversity and current mindsets by sharing concerns, best practices and how to move forward to gain momentum towards achieving a balanced and diverse athletic community.
The Forum showcased the following individuals:


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Dr. George B. Cunningham (PhD, The Ohio State University), is an Associate professor of Sport Management and also serves as the Director of the TAMU Laboratory for Diversity in Sport. He has published over 100 journal articles and book chapter, has written an award-winning textbook (Diversity in Sport Organizations), and has received external funding for his research from a variety of entities, including the NCAA.

Dr. Pat Griffin, is former Director of It Takes A Team! Education Campaign for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Issues in Sport an initiative of the Women's Sports Foundation. Dr Griffin is also a Professor Emerita in the Social Justice Education Program at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Her research and writing interests focus on heterosexism/homophobia in athletics.

Dr. Jenny Withycombe of Withycombe Consulting, is the provider of the NCAA's Advanced Diversity Education Workshops covering such topics as gender, race, sexual orientation, and culture within intercollegiate athletics. In addition, Dr. Withycombe conducts her own diversity workshops, talks, and planning sessions all over the United States.

Featured Guest Panelists: Dr. Derrick Gragg, Athletics Director - Eastern Michigan University; Alfreeda Goff, Sr. Associate Commissioner - Horizon League; Andrea Williams, Associate Commissioner - Big Ten; Bob Heller, Associate Athletics Director - Kent State; Tim O'Connell, Sr. Associate Athletics Director - University of Dayton; Carol Iwaoka, Governance/Legislative Analysis Consultant.