Endicott Athletics and ROI announce partnership
ROI offers online diversity and inclusion courses designed for college athletic departments
NEW YORK – Return On Inclusion, which delivers online sport-specific diversity and inclusion education, is pleased to announce its newest partner, the Endicott Athletics & Recreation Department.
Endicott College, located in Beverly, Massachusetts, is an NCAA Division III institution. The Gulls compete in regular season and postseason play for four major conference affiliations: Commonwealth Coast Conference, New England Football Conference, Colonial Hockey Conference (women's ice hockey), and New England Collegiate Conference (men's volleyball).
"Through reflection and ongoing conversations with athletics staff members, coaches, student-athletes, alumni, and the Endicott community, we are grateful for the opportunity to partner with Return On Inclusion as it will enhance all of the great work the entire athletics department has committed themselves to over the last twelve or so months," said Assistant VP and Director of Athletics Dr. Brian A. Wylie. "This inclusive leadership modeled by members of the athletics staff has really enabled difficult, but rewarding and enlightening conversations surrounding attitudes, behaviors, injustice, racism, and bias that has really strengthened and provided growth in areas that we so desperately need. We are all looking forward to working with ROI and challenging ourselves to continue to grow personally and professionally."
Divided into six self-paced online modules, Return On Inclusion’s comprehensive diversity and inclusion training is designed specifically for college athletic departments. Participants receive instruction on a variety of topics, including:
Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging Foundations
Cultural Competence & Managing Relationships
Overcoming Bias, Microaggressions & Covering
Unpacking Racism, Anti-Racism & Privilege
LGBTQ+ Inclusion & Gender Stereotypes
Inclusive Leadership & Strategic Plan Development
Instruction in all six modules is provided by ROI founder Nevin Caple, a national thought leader on diversity, inclusion and belonging in sport. The curriculum was developed by Caple in collaboration with the ROI advisory board – a diverse collection of college athletics administrators and scholars from around the country.
"I am thrilled to share ROI with the community I care so deeply about,” Caple said. “We should all have access to the tools we need to do our jobs most effectively. I hope ROI will serve as a catalyst for many institutions to prioritize learning for coaches, athletic administrators, and staff as they embark on their inclusive leadership journey."
As coaches and administrators complete the training, they will be better equipped to support and mentor student-athletes from diverse social and cultural backgrounds. Participants who complete all six modules earn the ROI Inclusive Leader Certificate.
About Return on Inclusion
Return On Inclusion™ (ROI) is a sport-specific diversity and inclusion education platform dedicated to developing inclusive leaders and fostering a culture of belonging across social and cultural differences. Our self-paced modules standardize learning methods, deepening our commitment to helping every coach and athletic administrator develop the skills and competencies necessary to support student-athletes and achieve inclusive excellence in programs, policies and practices.
The ROI Advisory Board includes national thought leaders in college athletics who have made significant contributions to fostering inclusive teams and programs. Board members include: Board Chair Resa Lovelace (Maryland), DaWon Baker (Nebraska), Isa Berardo (Pomona-Pitzer), Cherish Burks (Alabama), Clyde Doughty (Bowie State), Kim Doran (Ohio State), Jessica Duff (Bates), Jaide-Hinds Clarke (Richmond), Katie Harbert (Oregon), Noah Knight (Kansas City Athletics), Yannick Kluch (Rowan), Jacqie McWilliams (CIAA), John Square (GW), Maria Sanchez (Northwestern), Whitney Johnson (NCAA).
Return On Inclusion Press Contact:
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