Pomona-Pitzer Athletics has been awarded the coveted LGBT SportSafe Inclusion Program Gold Medallion for their work around inclusive athletic practices. The Gold Medallion signifies Pomona-Pitzer Athletics' commitment to building a more inclusive academic and athletic experience for student-athletes. In addition, the Sagehens also qualified for Founders Club status, being the first athletics program in the SCIAC to receive the Gold Medallion.
"We are so proud to be recognized as leaders in this critical student support work," said Director of Athletics Lesley Irvine. "Our department is fully committed to diversity and inclusion and have been engaged in intentional work in these areas. We're thrilled and proud to be recognized in this way. This speaks directly to our goals to provide an exceptional student-athlete experience."
The Sagehens will be joining the ranks of University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill), UCLA, University of Nebraska, and University of Oregon among others as Gold Medallion and Founders Club members.
"I'm beyond proud to continue representing our athletic department in our next step towards creating a more inclusive and appreciate space for our student athletes," said Student-Athlete Advisory Committee representative Isa Berardo. "Being a part of the LGBT SportSafe program is a huge accomplishment and I'm excited to continue working and advocating for LGBTQIA student athletes on campus."
Co-founded by Nevin Caple and Dr. Eric Lueshen, LGBT SportSafe Inclusion Program was developed to create an infrastructure for athletic administrators, coaches, and recreational sports leaders to support LGBT inclusion in college and professional sports. The program utilizes a new benchmarking framework, the 3-Peat Model, to help administration create policies and awareness initiatives to build a culture of respect and inclusion. Pomona-Pitzer Athletics has been engaged in intentional work around student support and inclusion practices including hosting department trainings such as Inter Group Dialogue, Ally Training and a campus visit with co-founder Nevin Caple. Work has also included team and program policy development and raising awareness around inclusion.
Member institutions that actively engage in inclusion are awarded with a Gold, Silver, or Bronze medallion for promotion on the athletic department website, a listing in the LGBT SportSafe national registry of inclusive athletic and recreational sport communities, and exclusive access to online resources for LGBT inclusion in sports.
-- Courtesy of Pomona-Pitzer Sports Information --