Diversity and Inclusion

The ODAC, alongside the NCAA, strives to cultivate and foster an equitable environment by supporting and promoting diversity, inclusion and gender equity among all student-athletes, coaches and administrators. The following resources are here to assist ODAC members in promoting diversity and inclusion on their campuses. If you are looking for something not listed on this resource page, please contact the ODAC office for further assistance. 

Diversity and Inclusion Resources

NCAA Resources
Inclusion Best Practices
NCAA Best Practices: Achieving Excellence Through Diversity and Inclusion
NCAA Race and Gender Demographics Database
NCAA Division III Quarterly Update on Diversity and Inclusion (August 2022 issue)
The Diverse Workforce

SWA Resources
SWA Best Practices
Key Findings from the Study to Optimize the Role of the SWA
The SWA Designation
Are You Maximizing the SWA's Impact?

LGBTQ Resources
NCAA Champions of Respect: LGBTQ Inclusion Best Practices
NCAA Inclusion of Transgender Student-Athletes: Best Practices
Division III LGBTQ Nondiscrimination Policy Guide
Division III LGBTQ OneTeam Program
Five Ways to Have an LGBTQ-Inclusive Athletics Department
LGBTQ Terminology and Definitions

NCAA Division III Diversity Spotlight Initiative
The Diversity Spotlight Initiative recognizes and promotes outstanding diversity related projects, programming and initiatives that are occurring on Division III campuses and in conference offices.  Each month, the award recognizes an institution or conference in regard to a diversity related event, program or initiative.   All award recipients receive $500.00 towards their next diversity initiative.

To submit for consideration for the Diversity Spotlight Initiative, please email Louise McCleary with a brief statement (no more than 500 words) as to why your institution or conference office deserves to be the spotlight recipient. Attach a photo if applicable.

You Can Play
Gay athletes. Straight allies. Teaming up for respect.
Click HERE for more information on the You Can Play Project.

Resources to Diversify Candidate Pools 

NCAA Division III Diversity Database
The NCAA has a database of individuals who have participated in an NCAA program for women and ethnic minorities through either an internship, matching grant or an institute. If you are looking to diversify your staff, please contact odi@ncaa.org to request the Division III Diversity Database.  

Women Leaders in College Sports (formerly NACWAA) 
Minority Opportunities Athletic Association (MOAA)
Diversity Hiring Guide  

Professional Development Opportunities

NCAA Inclusion Forum
NCAA/Women Leaders in College Sports Institutes

NCAA/Women Leaders in College Sports Women’s Leadership Symposium
Women Coaches Academy 
Division III Institute for Administrative Advancement
Division III Senior Woman Administrator Program

Female Administrator Enhancement Grant
NCAA Emerging Leaders Seminar
Effective Facilitation Workshop
Dr. Charles Whitcomb Leadership Institute
Leadership Academy Workshop
Pathway Program

For Student-Athletes
Division III Student Immersion Program
Student-Athlete Leadership Forum
NCAA Career in Sports Forum

Division III Next Steps Program

Division III CoSIDA Student Program
NCAA Postgraduate Internship Program

Grants and Scholarships 

Ethnic Minority and Women’s Enhancement Postgraduate Scholarship for Careers in Athletics 
Division III Strategic Alliance Matching Grant
Division III Ethnic Minority and Women’s Internship Grant
Division III Coaching Enhancement Grant
Additional Programming, Grant and Scholarship Opportunities
Other NCAA Scholarships and Grants