Project Description

Finding Common Ground: Religion, Faith, and LGBTQ Inclusion

  • 0.1 NIRSA CEUs
  • February 23: 8:00am – 9:30am
  • Woodrow Wilson B-D
  • Wendy Motch-Ellis; Helen Carroll, National Center for Lesbian Rights; David Davenport, Austin Peay State University; Pat Griffin, University of Massachusetts Amherst; Gordon Nesbitt, Millersville University of Pennsylvania; Michael Roberts, Fordham University
  • Mid-Level (Manager), Executive

Core Competencies

NIRSA has a rich history surrounding inclusion within collegiate recreation. While NIRSA—along with many members and member institutions—has created and implemented inclusion guidelines and policies for collegiate recreation, what about those of us who work at faith-based institutions or whose personal values do not align with certain inclusion efforts? This session will be facilitated by Dr. Pat Griffin and Helen Carroll, who have lead the Inclusion Forum for the NCAA and facilitated inclusion dialogue with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and many other collegiate recreation and athletic departments around the country. The panel will explore the intersection of faith, religion, sexual orientation, and gender identity as it relates to best practices and finding common ground. Panelists include NIRSA members David Davenport, Dr. Gordon Nesbitt, Michael Roberts, Marc Williams, and Wendy Motch-Ellis. The panelist have various religious, sexual orientation, and gender identities, and work at faith-based institutions, HBCUs, and public universities. They will share personal stories, challenges, and strategies they have utilized in their own personal journeys and on their campuses to work towards fostering a climate of respect for everyone. This session is co-sponsored by the NIRSA Commission for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion and the Christian Round Table Group.

Learning Objectives

  • Learn about personal and professional situations colleagues have experienced around the intersection of faith, religion, sexual orientation and gender identity.
  • Learn strategies and resources that will help you have conversations about finding common ground and respect when personal or institutional values do not align with certain inclusion efforts.
  • Learn about experiences other attendees have had on their campuses which helped foster a respectful and inclusive climate.