WBCA Diversity & Inclusion Committee

Page Updated: 6.25.2020


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 & 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 2019-20

  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.

Task Force on Social Justice

The WBCA is committed to actively combating racism. It has created a task force to focus on social justice, which will function under the umbrella of the Diversity & Inclusion Committee and focus on active efforts to fight racism and social injustices. The task force will focus on three areas:

  1. Training & Advocacy.
  2. Continuing Education.
  3. Hiring Practices.

Virtual programming, resources and updates from the task force will be made available not only to WBCA members but to all coaches, because this issue is bigger than basketball.

Upcoming Programming and Education

(updated periodically)

"Helping Out: Creating a More Inclusive Game, Part III"

Moderator: Inclusion consultant and Return on Inclusion founder Nevin Caple
Featuring: Tempie Brown (former assistant coach, NCAA Division I), Kevin DeMille (assistant coach, George Washington), Stephanie Ellison (associate athletics director, Clemson), and Cheryl Reeve (head coach, Minnesota Lynx)
Info: In honor of Pride Month, the WBCA brings you the final LGBTQ panel in the “Helping Out” series, which was originally scheduled to take place at this year's convention. This live panel discussion features former and current coaches and administrators. This program is open to everyone. Membership in the WBCA is not required. Click here to watch a replay of the panel.

"A Time for Action"

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

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)
  • Where Do We Go From Here? (Own and Own Platforms - Live at 9 p.m. EST, June 9-10, 2020)

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 task force on social justice. If you have any questions, comments or are interested in becoming involved, please email tromineblack@wbca.org.