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CU Earns Diversity In Athletics Award

Courtesy: David Plati, Associate AD/Sports Information
Release: May 14, 2008
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By CUBuffs.com
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                BOULDER The University of Colorado will be honored along with 11 of its peers this June as a recipient of the prestigious Overall Excellence in Diversity in Athletics Award.


                CU graded out in the top five of the dozen and has thus been invited to accept the honor in person on June 11 in Dallas, site of the 2008 National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics Convention.


The awards, which center on overall excellence in diversity and also honor NCAA institutions in seven specific categories, were established in 2005-06.  This marks the first time CU is being recognized.


Winners were chosen based on responses from surveys mailed to the top six administrators at each institution, and only schools with two or more responses were included.  Researchers also relied on U.S. Department of Education and Equity in Athletics Disclosure Act data.


We are pleased to receive national recognition as a model athletic program for overall excellence in diversity,” CU athletic director Mike Bohn.  “This award is the result of tremendous support from the Chancellor’s office and the campus community who have embraced a heightened level of commitment to a broad number of diversity issues.  It is gratifying to learn that others are witnessing our initiatives and saluting what is happening at CU-Boulder.”   


CU-Boulder Chancellor G.P. “Bud” Peterson echoed Bohn’s statement.


              “This award is a tribute to the close relationship we have fostered between our Department of Intercollegiate Athletics and the faculty and students of CU-Boulder,” said Peterson. “Working together closely, we are setting an example for other universities nationwide in fully incorporating diversity as a guiding value in both intercollegiate athletics and the academic life of the university.”


            CU-Boulder Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity and Community Engagement Sallye McKee said, “I want to congratulate our athletic department for modeling diversity as both a core value and a day-to-day factor in key decision making. I am pleased to single out my valued colleagues in athletics for their commitment, vision and energy.”


              The other Division I schools that will be recognized along with Colorado are Central Florida, Drexel, East Tennessee State, Kansas State, Long Beach State, Miami-Fla., San Jose State, Stanford, Ohio State, Texas-El Paso and Wright State.  There are separate awards for Division II, and Division III schools will be graded for the first time next year.  


Sixty-two schools also were recognized in the sub-categories of diversity strategy, gender diversity of department employees, racial diversity of department employees, value and attitudinal diversity of department employees, graduation of African-American student-athletes (male and female) and/or gender-equity compliance (substantial proportionality).


Over 300 schools participate in intercollegiate athletics at the Division I level.


CU was one of just 10 schools recognized in multiple categories from the above list, being honored for racial diversity as well as value and attitudinal diversity.  Five of the 10 earned the overall honor, with Long Beach State, San Jose State, Stanford and UTEP joining Colorado.  Two other Big 12 schools were recognized in the sub-categories, KSU (for racial diversity) and Kansas (diversity strategy).


The awards are determined by the Laboratory for Diversity in Sport at Texas A & M (College Station), which conducts independent research annually since the inception of the awards.  The schools honored for the overall excellence award are those that attain the highest combined scores in the six sub-categories.


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