FAYETTEVILLE STATE ATHLETICS WILL HOST A LGBTQ INCLUSION IN SPORT WORKSHOP

March 23, 2017

Fayetteville, NC – The Fayetteville State University Department of Athletics and Student Affairs Division will host a full day LGBTQ Diversity and Inclusion Workshop on Tuesday, March 28th on the campus of FSU. Nevin Caple, a strategic diversity consultant for the CIAA and LGBT SportSafe, will serve as the facilitator for the workshop.

Nevin Caple is a leading strategic diversity consultant on LGBTQ inclusion. She works with college coaches, administrators, and student-athletes in athletic communities around the country. Caple is the Co-Founder and Managing Director of Br{ache the Silence Campaign and the LGBT SportSafe Inclusion Program.

The LGBT SportSafe Inclusion Program was developed to create an infrastructure for athletic administrators, coaches and recreational sports leaders to support LGBTQ inclusion in college and professional sports.

"It is an honor and a privilege to work with the HBCU community and support the CIAA's commitment to inclusion," commented Nevin Caple. "I am excited to partner with the CIAA Board of Directors, student-athletes, coaches, administrators, and community organizations to advance inclusion and elevate this important message."

The LGBTQ Diversity and Inclusion Workshop will be broken down in five sessions: (1) Coaches/Athletic Administrators Meeting, (2) Athletics/Student Affairs Administrators Meeting, (3) SAAC/Team Captains Meeting, (4) Student Body Keynote Address, (5) Meeting with University Chancellor.

LGBTQ inclusion is essential to ensuring coaches and athletic administrators have the knowledge, tools and resources to support student-athletes and colleagues, while upholding institutional values. There is also a goal to have an informal conversation with the student body to discuss experiences, campus climate and opportunities to champion respect of all students and staff, regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity/expression.

“The Fayetteville State Department of Athletics practices and believes in the University's commitment to diversity, tolerance, and inclusiveness,” said Director of Athletics Anthony Bennett. “FSU affords student-athletes and the general student body the opportunity to learn about life, to challenge their own values and the ideas and values of others; in order to become responsible members of the community.”

A majority of the workshop will be held in the Chancellor’s dining hall, while the keynote address will take place in the Seabrook Auditorium.

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