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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.


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


IWLCA Adopts Equity and Inclusion Statement - 11/2/20

The IWLCA Board of Directors has voted to formally adopt an Equity and Inclusion Statement drafted by the Racial Equity Task Force (RETF). “The Equity and Inclusion statement was the result of significant discussion amongst the task force members regarding the values of the IWLCA and the vision we have for the future of the association,” said Jessy Morgan, co-chair of the Task Force. “Our intent is to not only raise awareness of the challenges some members of our community face, but also to encourage support and accountability as we commit to doing the work required to make the community more inclusive and equitable.”

As of November 2, 2020, the RETF has taken several steps to begin positively effecting change within the association:

  • Initiated a voter registration campaign in mid-August that included a video encouraging women’s lacrosse players and coaches to register to vote, as well as social media graphics containing voter registration information for each state.
  • Sponsored takeovers of the IWLCA Instagram account by Black, Indigenous, and other people of color on the 19th of each month in order to elevate a more diverse set of voices within the lacrosse community.
  • Surveyed women’s lacrosse coaches and student-athletes in order to assess the state of access, inclusion and equity in the collegiate game.
  • Proposed a Coaching Symposium for student-athletes of color in order to increase the pool of diverse coaches within the association.
  • Sponsored a professional development session for the IWLCA membership: “Time to Lead: Strategies for Inclusive Team Conversations and Environments,” and one for Board of Directors and Staff leadership: “Momentum Workshop: Inclusion, Equity, and Excellence,” both presented by Tomika Ferguson, Ph.D.