Diversity Education Track
The AVCA Diversity Development Team has created a diversity programming track as part of the AVCA Convention to educate coaches on the systemic racism occurring on campuses and within our communities. The goal of these sessions is to educate our coaching community about matters of race, empowering each other to have difficult conversations and to stand against racism.
Please see the schedule below for the diversity education program during the convention. Be sure to check back frequently for updates as new diversity programming will be added to the schedule leading up to the convention.
Thursday, Dec. 16
• Advice and Tips on Managing Coaching and “Momming” – Christy Johnson-Lynch (Iowa State Head Women’s Coach), Marie Zidek (DePaul Head Women’s Coach), Ronda Shirley (USC Upstate Head Women’s Coach), Nickie Sanlin (McKendree Head Men’s & Women’s Coach), Leslie Gabriel (Washington Associate Head Women’s Coach), Lauren Flowers (Texas A&M University-Commerce Assistant Women’s Coach) & Emily Kohan – Moderator (Colorado State Associate Head Women’s Coach)
3 – 4 p.m.
• Rallies, Rotations and Racism: An Intersectional Perspective of People of Color in Volleyball – Karen Weatherington (UNC Charlotte Head Women’s Coach)
4:15 – 5:15 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 17
• Title TBD – Molly Peirano (OSU Office of Institutional Equity Director of Education and Engagement)
10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Saturday, Dec. 18
• Title TBD – Speaker TBD
12:45 – 1:45 p.m.
• Roundtable: How LGBTQ+ Inclusion in Volleyball Advances Team Culture – Giovana Melo (CSU Bakersfield Director of Volleyball) & Speakers TBD