Tigers United: LSU Athletics' Diversity & Inclusion - Leadership Council
|Stephanie Rempe, Chair||Executive Deputy Athletics Director/COO|
|Bennie Brazell||Assistant Coach, Track & Field|
|Dr. Ashley Clayton||Assistant Professor, School of Education|
|Nikki Fargas||Head Coach, Women’s Basketball|
|Fran Flory||Head Coach, Volleyball/Council Liaison to Head Coaches|
|Bill Franques||Sr. Associate Communications Director|
|Walt Holliday||Executive Director, Academic Center for Student-Athletes|
|Eddie Kennison||Director of Player Development, Football|
|Dr. Lori Martin||Professor/Faculty Athletics Representative, LSU Dept. of Sociology and African & African-American Studies|
|Dr. LaKeitha Poole||Director, Student-Athlete Mental Health|
|Courtney Randall||Director, Tiger Life|
|Milan Stokes||Athletics Human Resources Master’s Student|
Statement of Purpose, Goals and Steps
As of August 2020
Chart a path of sustainable progress toward a clear vision of results-oriented change in the area of Diversity and Inclusion (D&I); serve as a leadership body; make needed connections in the department, campus and the community.
Inclusive, equitable and transformational athletics program.
Goals and Steps
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 and Inclusion Council whose goals are directly tied to staff diversity education.
Step Four: Create a Student-Athlete Diversity and 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 and inclusion in the job description
Step Two: Create a Coach and Staff Diversity and 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