Bruins United as One
Belmont University Athletics in partnership with the Belmont University Sport Administration Department hosted a panel in September 2020 examining Sports and Social Justice as part of the University's celebration of Diversity Week.
The hour-long event featured a panel of coaches and administrators, including Casey Alexander (Men's Basketball Head Coach), Laura Matthews (Softball Head Coach), Bart Brooks (Women's Basketball Head Coach), Xavier Humphrey (Director of Athletic Marketing), and Kenisha Rhone (Director of Digital Media & Social Strategy). The panel, was moderated by Dr. Kristi Oshiro, Assistant Professor of Sport Administration at Belmont.
|Watch Sports & Social Justice Panel Replay|
|Listen to your student-athletes. Create opportunities and help facilitate action based on what your student-athletes are telling you. Make diversity and inclusion part of who you are instead of treating it like a PR move to remain relevant. These and many more perspectives were shared by our panel including student-athletes Anna Cockrell (USC) and Georgia McKee (Belmont), and Kansas State Chief Diversity Officer Julian Jones.
Student-athletes and staff members are arriving back on campus after six months of chaos. First it was a pandemic and then it was racial and social injustice – all of which disproportionately affected underserved populations including people of color. These issues brought significant voices, many of whom were athletes, to the forefront demanding action and change. How will you help student-athletes and staff on your campus find their voice to channel their emotions into activism?
Anna Cockrell – University of Southern California Student-Athlete, 2020 Academic All-America® of the Year/Women’s Track and Field
Julian Jones – Kansas State University, Assistant AD for Student-Athlete Development/Chief Diversity Officer
Georgia McKee – Belmont University Student-Athlete, Softball
Kyle Chilton – BYU, Director of Media Relations
|Watch Critical Conversation: Activism and How to Amplify the Voices of Student-Athletes and Staff|