Purpose & Goals
Chart a path of sustainable progress toward a clear vision of results-oriented change in the area of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DE&I); serve as a leadership body; make needed connections in the department, campus and the community.
Goal One: Enhance the understanding of racial equality
- Step One: Survey department staff/coaches and student-athletes to assess current level of understanding
- Step Two: Implement training program for staff and coaches
- Step Three: Create a Coach and Staff Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Council whose goals are directly tied to staff diversity education.
- Step Four: Create a Student-Athlete Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Council whose goals are directly tied to student-athlete diversity education.
- Step Five: Survey department staff/coaches and student-athletes to assess level of understanding and incentive after implementing educational programming
Goal Two: Measure and track the results of all efforts toward racial equality
- Step One: Create a repository to capture all data and progress, including but not limited to student-athlete racial demographics, graduation rates, all hires, community service hours, etc.
- Step Two: Track communication engagement through social media platforms.
- Step Three: Track student-athlete, coaches, and staff participation in internal and external D&I educational programming.
- Step Four: Include measured and tracked data from all three councils’ goals.
Goal Three: Increase the number of underrepresented/marginalized individuals in coaching and staff leadership roles
- Step One: Hire a senior level administrator who has a primary responsibility of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion in the job description
- Step Two: Create a Coach and Staff Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Council whose goals are directed at impacting the recruitment, hiring, training, development and retention of underrepresented/marginalized individuals in the Athletic Department and tracking the results.
- Step Three: Create and support professional development opportunities for underrepresented/marginalized individuals
- Step Four: Provide resources, external to athletics, for marginalized coaches and staff to seek support and serve as advocates
Goal Four: Evaluate Department Strategic Plan / Mission / Values from a D&I perspective
- Step One: Review and revise all internal department strategic plans, mission statements, and values from a D&I perspective
- Step Two: Provide visibility to department’s statements on D&I messaging
Goal Five: Increase the number of Black contractors/vendors utilized by the department, and track the results
- Step One: Work with campus to grow the list of Black contractors/vendors
- Step Two: Train the athletics staff on the outreach and selection of Black contractors/vendors
- Step Three: Track and evaluate athletics spending with all underrepresented vendors/contractors annually
- Step Four: Increase the spending with Black-owned businesses department-wide
- Step Five: Provide an opportunity to promote Black-owned businesses to the community
Goal Six: Sponsor and host an event designed to show LSU Athletics’ commitment to D&I and the movement for racial equality.
- Step One: Select a group to create an event that makes a significant impact
- Step Two: Determine the expected outcome and track the results
Goal Seven: Serve as a department leadership council
- Step One: Create awareness of the council through staff announcements, website presence and communication
- Step Two: Create a communication channel for staff, campus and the community to report, examine, and promote topics and issues related to D&I
- Step Three: Enhance communication with campus on athletics D&I initiatives