Nov. 3, 2021

340: The Shared Responsibility for DEI - with Niya Blair Hackworth, Director of Inclusion, NCAA


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In this episode, YOUR guest is Niya Blair Hackworth, Director of Inclusion at the NCAA. YOUR special co-host is Dr. Michelle Cantu-Wilson, YOUR host is Dr. Joe Sallustio, & YOUR sponsor is UnMudl!

Joe & Michelle talk with Niya about how the NCAA facilitates diversity, equity, & inclusion training & adoption.  Specifically, Niya discussed the shared responsibility we all share for DEI & why what happens after training is even more important than the training itself.  She also discussed the importance of giving today's student-athletes a voice & she champions those efforts at the NCAA.  Niya also references the concept of belonging & its impact on DEI efforts.  

Niya Blair Hackworth became a part of the NCAA office of inclusion team in August 2019 after spending over a decade working at institutions of higher education. As the director of inclusion, Blair Hackworth leads, partners & assists in diversity & inclusion related initiatives, focusing on race and ethnicity and student-athletes with disabilities for member institutions & the national office staff.

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