Director Jackson has been appointed to a working group to examine issues related to diversity, equity, and inclusion in college sports organized by The LEAD1 Association (“LEAD1”), which represents the athletics directors of the 130-member schools of the Football Bowl Subdivision.
The working group will explore initiatives to strengthen senior leadership pipelines, expand professional development opportunities, influence legislation that supports underrepresented populations and recommend strategies of accountability. The working group will be divided into the following five subcommittees: (1) Hiring, Retention, and Advancement; (2) Training, Education, and Mentorships; (3) Strategic Initiatives; (4) Political Initiatives; and (5) Cultural Initiatives. Director Jackson has been appointed Co-Chair of the Hiring, Retention, and Advancement Subcommittee.
The working group will aim to finalize its recommendations by the end of the year, with an eye toward shaping potential NCAA legislation.
The Wei LAB is involved in shaping diversity and inclusion in the NCAA through the National Study of Intercollegiate Athletics, a set of national longitudinal survey inventories designed to gather information on organizational culture in intercollegiate athletic administration.