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Diversity Issues In The Athletic Department In this world people interact with one another People develop and exchange a diverse set of identities Their identities are informed by gender race ethnicity culture sexual orientation religion their varying physical and mental abilities class age education profession and regional identity Each person carries social values and brings multiple identities to the organizations and communities of which they are a part of Throughout history people have always used each identity to hurt another group of people whom they may have felt were a threat to them or to simply hurt a minority group to feel superior In the article Opportunity for Change Melissa Y Rock states that the concept of diversity encompasses acceptance and respect It means understanding that each individual is unique and recognizing our individual differences These can be along the dimensions of race ethnicity gender sexual orientation socio-economic status age physical abilities religious beliefs political beliefs or other ideologies Rock p2 Positive diversity is about the exploration of these differences in a safe positive and nurturing environment It is about understanding each other and moving beyond simple tolerance to embracing the diversity contained within each individual Sadly in many universities diversity issues run rampant in some form I want to show that diversity can be a postive form in a athletic department As an athletic director of a university I want to create some guidelines and inform my staff about these issues because I believe in promoting a fair opportunity for all players coaches spectators all levels of participation to sports and staff Also I want to create a good image for the university Having problems with diversity promotes a negative atmosphere hurts people and hurts the universitys image Another reason to make diversity issues a priority is because we need to prepare for the future In the next 10 years and beyond there will be an increase in minority
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