WBCA Diversity & Inclusion

Page Updated: 09.15.2020

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 for the 2019-20 academic year

  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.

We know that coaches are navigating the waters to register and educate student-athletes on voting. The WBCA Social Justice Task Force has worked to provide programming and resources to help educate your teams about the importance of voting and civic engagement. Click the link below to learn more.

Voting & Civic Engagement Page

Programming, Education and Initiatives

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WBCA & NABC Voter Engagement Coaches Forum

Date: Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020
Time: 2 p.m. ET
Moderator: Christy Winters Scott, analyst, ESPN
Forum Participants: Eric Reveno, associate head men's basketball coach, Georgia Tech; Brian Rosario, assistant women's basketball coach, Pepperdine; Charmin Smith, head women's basketball coach, California; Gary Stewart, head men’s basketball coach, Stevenson.
Info: Voter registration and turnout historically lag for our nation’s younger Millennial and Gen Z populations – including student-athletes. In this WBCA-NABC Coaches Forum, learn about the efforts being taken by the WBCA and NABC to increase student-athlete voter engagement and how coaches can support this movement.
Registration: This free session is open the public. Click here to register.

WBCA & RISE Civic Engagement Workshop

Date: Thursday, Sept. 10, 2020
Time: 2:30 p.m. ET
Facilitator: Dr. Andrew Mac Intosh, VP of Curriculum, RISE
Info: The need for civic engagement has never been greater as people across the country struggle with the pandemic, racism, economic hardships and more — all within the backdrop of the upcoming election that’s now just two months away. Join RISE and the WBCA as we discuss actions taking place across the sports industry, assess where you are on a civic engagement spectrum, and discuss ways to support your team’s efforts to make a positive impact within their communities. Click here to view the recording.

Voter Education Program in partnership with SAVE Alliance

Date: Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2020
Time: 7 p.m. ET
Host: Zach Kancher, Associate Head Coach/Recruiting Coordinator, Towson
Info: Founded by Zach Kancher, SAVE Alliance (Student-Athlete Voter Engagement) @athletesvote is a non-partisan voter education and engagement platform specifically designed for university athletic departments, coaches and student-athletes. @Athletesvote is the designated Voting Education Coordinator for Coaches 4 Change, a non-profit that provides a platform to engage, educate and empower young voters. Click here to view the recording.

"Breaking Barriers"

Date: Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020
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. This program is open to everyone. Membership in the WBCA is not required. 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

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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.