Rochester, MN -
Minnesota College Athletic Conference Statement Regarding Racism, Discrimination and Inequity
As events unfold in Minnesota and across the nation, the Minnesota College Athletic Conference (MCAC) Executive Committee has struggled with how best to respond to the unconscionable acts of violence against Mr. George Floyd and people of color and American Indians in our communities. We share the pain, anger and frustration reflected throughout our country in reaction to the racism, discrimination and inequity that persists in our society.
As the MCAC we believe education should uplift society and its citizens. We believe sport provides hope and can be a powerful tool to bridge gaps in our communities. We believe that sports afford us the opportunity to gain vital insight into the complex issues of racism, sexism, and classism.
Now is a time for commitment and change. We understand that the racial inequality in our country cannot be solved through education and sport alone. However, we commit to act. We commit to be part of the solution towards equity in the Minnesota College Athletic Association. We embrace our responsibility and are committed to continue this important work to address these issues collectively with our member colleges, especially our student-athletes. We understand that listening is key. And, listening must be followed by proactively addressing core issues created from underrepresentation and lack of inclusion. We commit to creating a platform of support to provide voice and safe space for all our member colleges, especially student-athletes no matter their race, gender, ethnicity, or sexual orientation. We commit to expand our efforts for training and empowerment initiatives focused on equity, diversity and inclusion. We commit to action –through sport and education - actions towards implementing change for the betterment of our members and society.
Statement by NJCAA President & CEO, Dr. Christopher Parker
"Our country is currently hurting from so much pain, sadness, and anger due to recent events we have all witnessed. As the national association for two-year intercollegiate athletics, we believe education and sport should uplift society and its citizens. We believe sport provides hope and can be a powerful tool to bridge gaps in our communities. We believe that sports afford us the ability to gain vital insight into the complex issues of racism, sexism, and classism. It is our responsibility to educate and provide inclusivity to all. In conjunction with the NJCAA Council on Diversity and Inclusion, the NJCAA will continue to provide equal opportunities for all."