The NIRSA Board has continued conversations about the increasing number of bills being introduced into state legislatures regarding transgender athletes’ participation in sports. We are concerned about the multiple ways these bills stand contrary to our values.

As a result, the NIRSA Board approved a statement that outlines NIRSA’s support for the rights of transgender individuals to participate in sport based on their gender identity. The statement outlines how NIRSA’s values of inclusion and wellbeing are applied to this issue and examines some of the nuances involved.

Read the statement

Supporting organizations

Several of NIRSA’s partner associations in higher education have signed on in support of the statement. We appreciate the support from our partners at:

  • ACHA – American College Health Association
  • ACPA – College Student Educators International
  • ACUHO-I – Association of College & University Housing Officers – International
  • ACUI – Association of College Unions International
  • ASCA – Association for Student Conduct Administration
  • NACA – National Association for Campus Activities
  • NODA – Association for Orientation, Transition and Retention in Higher Education

We will continue to be in conversation with other organizations and update the statement periodically if others wish to voice their support for inclusive access to sport.

Learn about the NIRSA Board of Directors here.

Executive Director at | NIRSA Profile

Pam Watts is currently the Executive Director at NIRSA.