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Racial Equity Task Force

The ongoing national protests in the wake of George Floyd’s murder have shined a light on issues of racism and discrimination in American society, and many Black athletes and coaches in the lacrosse community have shared their experiences in the sport, both positive and negative. In creating the Racial Equity Task Force, the IWLCA leadership has made a commitment to creating a diverse and inclusive culture that takes a united stand against racism, values everyone equally, and promotes and champions those underrepresented in the lacrosse community.

The Racial Equity Task Force will examine ways the association can fight against racism and facilitate the entry of people of color into the sport of lacrosse, and specifically into the collegiate coaching ranks. They will be responsible for planning and implementing short-term changes in 2020-21 and crafting a sustainable strategy for securing the long-term goal of a diverse and inclusive association that recognizes the significant value of true equity.

The task force’s main focus will be on formulating action steps to make the IWLCA a more diverse and inclusive association by:

  • Establishing programs that make entry into the collegiate women’s coaching ranks more accessible to the BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) community and that support, mentor, and retains those coaches
  • Sponsoring and promoting professional development/continuing education initiatives focusing on anti-racism, eliminating disparities that marginalize underrepresented populations, and encouraging an understanding of unconscious bias and inherent privilege
  • Creating policies and procedures to ensure equitable access to leadership roles in the association and providing spaces for association, affirmation and connection among all members of the association

The task force’s secondary focus will be on working with other lacrosse organizations to make the sport of lacrosse more diverse and inclusive at the grassroots level and remove barriers that deter continued participation in the game. At least one open meeting will be held to allow internal and external stakeholders to share their personal experiences and exchange ideas for making the sport more accessible and welcoming to minority participants.

IWLCA Racial Equity Task Force Members

Jessy Morgan, Co-Chair, Athletic Director, Garrison Forest School (Emeritus IWLCA Member)
Mary Ann Meltzer, Co-Chair, Head Coach, Lawrence Technological University (NAIA)
Ricky Fried, Head Coach, Georgetown University (Division I)
Zhané Ruffin, Assistant Coach, University of the District of Columbia (Division II)
Britt Brown, former student-athlete, University of Pennsylvania ’17 (Division I)
Celine Cunningham, Senior Associate Athletic Director/SWA, Bates College (Emeritus IWLCA Member)
Kayla Treanor, Assistant Coach, Boston College (Division I)
Alice Lee, Head Coach, Williams College (Division III)
Brian Smith, Associate Head Coach, Lindenwood University (Division II)
Malia Shimabukuro, Head Coach, Midland University (NAIA)
Abigail Jackson, Head Coach, Union College (Division III)

Contact the Task Force

If you would like share your story, provide feedback, or suggest ideas to the task force, please click the envelope icon on the contact card below.

IWLCA Racial Equity Task Force