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NIRSA Caucuses

In NIRSA we are developing several strategies and actions to further our commitment to equity diversity and inclusion. This will include strategies focused on the Association and strategies focused on the profession. We will do this work with members, with our communities of color and other marginalized groups as well as with the entire NIRSA membership. Read more »

Asian Community Caucus • BIPOC Community Caucus • Black Community Caucus • Latinx Community Caucus • LGBTQ Community Caucus • Student Perspective • White Ally Caucus

Upcoming Caucuses

   

LGBTQ Caucus

Monday, November 30 • 9:00am PT / 12:00pm ET

  • Facilitated by Zack Sephton and Cindy Tse

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Asian Community Caucus

Wednesday, December 2 • 11:00am PT / 2:00pm ET

  • Facilitated by Marciana Noelani Flores Atkinson

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21 Day Challenge Follow Up Discussion (60 days)

Friday, December 11 • 9:00am PT / 12:00pm ET

  • Facilitated by Jocelyn Hill, Derek Hottell, and Cara Lucia

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Black Community Caucus

Wednesday, December 16 • 1:00pm PT / 4:00pm ET

  • Facilitated by Andrea Snead

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21 Day Challenge Follow Up Discussion (90 days)

Monday, January 11 • 11:00am PT / 2:00pm ET

  • Facilitated by Mila Padgett, Brian Smith, and Andrea Snead

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Black Community Caucus

Wednesday, January 20 • 1:00pm PT / 4:00pm ET

  • Facilitated by Andrea Snead

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Latinx Caucus

Monday, February 8 • 10:00am PT / 1:00pm ET

  • Facilitated by Victoria Lopez-Herrera and Belinda Sanchez

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Latinx Caucus

Monday, March 8 • 10:00am PT / 1:00pm ET

  • Facilitated by Victoria Lopez-Herrera and Belinda Sanchez

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Latinx Caucus

Monday, April 12 • 10:00am PT / 1:00pm ET

  • Facilitated by Victoria Lopez-Herrera and Belinda Sanchez

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Latinx Caucus

Monday, May 10 • 10:00am PT / 1:00pm ET

  • Facilitated by Victoria Lopez-Herrera and Belinda Sanchez

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About Caucuses

Caucuses have long been used to as “opportunities for those who share a common identity to meet separately to gather, connect and learn.” NIRSA intends these identity-based spaces to create and share knowledge, expand and foster networking and mentoring opportunities, and support community-curated resources.

NIRSA’s caucuses are run by members of the community, for members of that community. Their format, frequency, and outcomes are designed to meet the dynamic needs of the community. No two approaches look exactly the same.

Members are welcomed and encouraged to suggest additional caucuses they would like to see at any time by emailing NIRSA or reaching out to a member of the NIRSA Board of Directors.

Additional Resources

NIRSA’s Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Guide

The publication, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion: A resource guide for Leaders in Collegiate Recreation, compiles foundational concepts, research-driven best practices, and case studies to help campus recreation professionals develop competencies around EDI – for their own personal and professional growth, as well as for their departments.

Interassociation Wellbeing Definition

The Interassociation Wellbeing Definition is one outcome of the “Health and Wellbeing in Higher Education: A Commitment to Student Success.” In our pursuit to co-create cultures of integrated well-being on campuses worldwide, we want to ensure we are building from a shared understanding and foundation. Since there was not an existing definition that defined wellbeing, especially as it applies to higher education, the members of our organizations asked that one be created. This definition, and its supplementary material, is meant to be foundational; we hope a shared understanding can be a steppingstone to systemic change.

Anti-Racism for Beginners

Anti-Racism for Beginners Roundtable will focus on developing a basic understanding of key terms and resources, self-reflection, and discussion surrounding what anti-racism and social justice look like.  If you have wanted to get involved in this work but are unsure where to start or how to dive in please join us for a discussion surrounding these topics and the many recent events that have impacted these discussions.

Ask the Black Girl: A conversation spanning wellbeing to improved programming for Black students

Stigma, inequality, and injustices surrounding human rights persist in our culture today. Sadly, the color of a person’s skin plays a significant role in how people are perceived, respected, and handled. We know that racism, both deliberate and unintentional, affects the health and wellbeing of individuals and groups; so, as campus recreations professionals, we must consider how we can each contribute to a culture where all people feel included. Join a conversation between Michele Martin, a white woman working at a PWI, and Chavonne Shorter, a Black woman who previously worked at an HBCU. Listen to their dialogue exchange to hear how they have been able to learn from one another and how their conversation can inform the development of successful programming for people of color on a PWI campus.

Inclusive Workplace from a Woman Leadership Lens

Sit in on a conversation to explore diversity, equity and inclusion through their lived and shared experiences as women leaders in campus recreation. Advisory: We promise to keep it real and share personal stories which may lead to the utilization of an educated but robust vocabulary!

Creating a Sense of Belonging in Campus Recreation

Sit in on a conversation to explore the responsibility campus recreation professionals have in fostering a sense of belonging amongst our students beyond our programs, facilities, and opportunities. Advisory: We promise to keep it real and share personal stories which may lead to the utilization of an educated but robust vocabulary!

July 7 Director’s Roundtable

This Director’s Roundtable will focus on issues of EDI and racism, and how to lead students and staff during these times.

Mental Health Series: Supporting Black Community Members

Join this moderated discussion on how systemic issues of racism/anti-Blackness may manifest on campus in the upcoming term, and how to most effectively support our Black community members during the current climate of unrest, heightened racial tensions, COVID-19, and the call to action to dismantle systemic racism on our campuses and beyond.

Mental Health Series: Supporting BIPOC Community Members

Join this moderated discussion on how systemic racism may manifest on campus in the upcoming term and how to most effectively support our BIPOC community members during the current climate of unrest, heightened racial tensions, COVID-19, and the call to action to dismantle systemic racism on our campuses and beyond.

Can’t attend a specific roundtable?
We record most roundtables and make them available after the event.

Do you have an idea in motion?
If you have an idea or would like to facilitate an upcoming roundtable please let us know!

NIRSA Registry

Ideas in Motion is a NIRSA CEU Approved Provider. The program(s) identified with a CEU value meet the requirements for fulfilling the professional development requirements to earn or maintain the Registered Collegiate Recreational Sports Professionals (RCRSP) designation. RCRSPs are responsible for tracking CEUs earned. Email registry@nirsa.org with questions.