A Conceptual Model of the Emergence of Diversity and Inclusion Officers in Division I Collegiate Athletics

Ajhanai Keaton
2021 Journal of Higher Education Athletics & Innovation  
In recent years, Division I athletic departments have adopted athletic administrators of diversity and inclusion. These inaugural actors hold distinct titles, but the essence of their position mirror Chief Diversity Officers (CDOs) in higher education and business domains. The purpose of this manuscript is to offer a conceptual model that explores why intercollegiate athletic departments have adopted these positions and why these positions will continue to increase in adoption. The emergence of
more » ... these roles occurs on the backdrop of prominent social movements in the United States (U.S.) and high-profile intercollegiate sport scandals while also aligning with contemporary trends in higher education institution. Implications for policy and practice are discussed.
doi:10.15763/issn.2376-5267.2020.1.8.82-112 fatcat:df7mkjwtxbhtrjfkfibn7wdnte