Mandatory Anti-Discrimination Training/Legislation in the NCAA

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We are writing on behalf of Student-Athletes 4 Change, an organization formed in response to the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and countless others. Racism, sexism, and other forms of discrimination are extremely prevalent in collegiate athletics and are constantly swept under the rug in favor of the oppressor. Student-Athletes 4 Change was formed to create a safe platform for student-athletes to share their personal experiences with these issues in athletics. Our organization wants to help implement widespread change within teams, departments, and the NCAA holistically.
The NCAA recently posted an episode in the social series on racial equity where the idea of taking “tangible actions” was introduced. We believe that an action that has the potential to immediately effect change is to require anti-discrimination training for all NCAA affiliates. This training should be administered in partnership with a third-party organization and should cover topics including (but not limited to) racism, colorism, sexism, ableism, and ageism. While having conversations and making statements is a start, it is not enough. We need to hear specific policies and plans that the NCAA will implement to combat hate, and we believe implementing mandatory training is the place to start.