WBCA Diversity & Inclusion

Page Updated: 11.20.2020

Diversity & Inclusion Committee Background

The Diversity & Inclusion Committee was created in 2016 under the leadership and guidance of then WBCA President Coquese Washington. The purpose of the committee is to advise and guide the WBCA Board of Directors regarding issues of diversity and inclusion that are important to the WBCA membership. The committee will:

  1. Consider diversity issues and/or best practices that the membership deems important and provide recommendations to the board of directors regarding such matters; and
  2. Respond to requests for assistance or guidance from WBCA staff or the board with respect to such diversity-related issues as they may arise.

The committee is composed of coaches, administrators and industry leaders from all levels of the game.

Areas of Focus

  1. Advancement of ethnic minorities in the profession.
  2. Advancement of the LBGTQ community.
  3. Convention and digital content (work in conjunction with the WBCA Education Working Group).
  4. Support the growth of young women into coaching through the "So You Want To Be A Coach" program.

Social Justice Task Force

The mission of the Social Justice Task Force will work to dismantle systemic and institutional racism and oppression within our communities through the action and the voices of women's basketball coaches, allies, and advocates of the game.

To achieve this mission the task force will focus on the following three areas:

  1. Hiring practices.
  2. Training and education.
  3. Advocacy and awareness.

With the start of the season beginning, many have asked the WBCA what other teams and conferences are doing during the national anthem and forms of support for social justice during games and throughout the season. Click the line below to view what others are doing for ideas.

What are teams, institutions and conferences doing to participate in civic engagement this season?

Programming, Education and Initiatives

(updated periodically)

RISE Civic Engagement Definition: Acting to address issues of public concern by developing the combination of knowledge, skills, and values to make a difference.

WBCA Coaching Library: Diversity & Inclusion topic

"A Time For Action"

Moderator: Moderated by Cleveland Cavaliers sideline reporter Angel Gray
Featuring: Geno Auriemma (head coach, UConn), Muffet McGraw (retired head coach, Notre Dame), Carolyn Peck (sportscaster, ESPN and SEC Network), and Dawn Staley (head coach, South Carolina).
Info: Nationally recognized coaches discuss contemporary race relations and how to take action and make an active change in your communities. Click here to view the recording.

"Breaking Barriers"

Moderator: LaChina Robinson, ESPN sports analyst
Featuring: Niele Ivey (head coach, Notre Dame) and Kenny Brooks (head coach, Virginia Tech)
Info: Brought to you by the WBCA Social Justice Task Force, Robinson sits down with Ivey and Brooks to talk about their coaching careers and being the first black head coaches at their respective institutions. Click here to view the recording.

#WBCAPodcast: Growing Our Game, Episode 20
"Coaches Creating Change: The Mississippi State Flag"

Nikki McCray-Penson (Mississippi State) and Yolett McPhee-McCuin (Mississippi) join the podcast to talk about their activism to get the Mississippi state flag changed. McCray-Penson is entering her first year with the Bulldogs after a successful three-year stint at Old Dominion. McPhee-McCuin is a 16-year coaching veteran and is entering her third season at Ole Miss. Listen on Apple Podcasts or Spotify.

Resources for Coaches by Coaches

(updated periodically)

We have seen many good resources shared between coaches on social media. In an effort to gather those resources into one place for easy access, we have created a link to upload such resources (articles, lists of books, videos, podcasts, etc.) All resources can be accessed in the folder below. We will take some of the submissions and feature them here.

Click here to upload a resource.

Highlighted resources:

Books Podcasts Films TV Shows
  • The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander
  • Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria: And Other Conversations About Race by Beverly Daniel Tatum
  • White Fragility by Robin Diangelo
  • Tears We Cannot Stop by Michael Eric Dyson
  • Nigger by Dick Gregory
  • Homecoming by Yaa Gyasi
  • The Truths We Hold by Kamala Harris
  • Becoming by Michelle Obama
  • 13TH (2016, Netflix)
  • A Time To Kill (1996)
  • American Son (2019, Netflix)
  • Dear White People (2014)
  • Fruitvale Station (2013)
  • Just Mercy (2018)
  • Selma (2014)
  • Black-ish (ABC & Hulu)
  • The Shop: Uninterrupted (HBO)
  • Trigger Warning with Killer Mike (Netflix)

Click here to access all resources submitted by coaches for coaches.

Tess M. Romine-Black, WBCA Director of Marketing, serves as staff liaison to the Diversity & Inclusion Committee and the Social Justice Task Force. If you have any questions, comments or are interested in becoming involved, please email tromineblack@wbca.org.