UCSB Provides Athletes, Department Personnel With Diversity and Inclusion Training as Part of 'Be Great' Initiative

Pair of workshops provide by NCAA and put-on by the National Consortium for Academics and Sports.

Keith Lee Executive Vice
President of the National
Consortium for Academics
and Sports speaks to a
gathering of UCSB athletes
about diversity and inclusion.

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - On Tuesday, as part of its "Be Great" initiative, the UC Santa Barbara Athletics Department held two Diversity and Inclusion workshops, one for its student-athletes and another for coaches and department administrative personnel.

The workshops, sponsored by the NCAA, were presented by the National Consortium for Academics and Sports (NCAS). The goal of the event was to provide the attendees with opportunities for discussion about diversity in all respects: race, gender, and sexual orientation.

"These workshops were the just the first step in an ongoing diversity and inclusion training for our department," said UCSB Executive Associate Athletics Director Diane O'Brien. "I hope, and believe, that everyone who attended benefited in some way and will continue to do so in the future."

The program was presented by the NCAS's Keith Lee and Sharon Smith-Mauney. The ongoing diversity training for the department will be provided by various campus resources.