Albion College Athletics Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Statement
Adapted from the NCAA’s Statement on Inclusion

The Albion College Athletics Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) page is a hub for all student-athletes, coaches and staff to locate resources offered by a variety of organizations, including Albion College and the NCAA. We hope you find the information here as a reflection to our commitment to a diverse, inclusive and equitable environment. The athletic department continues to reflect on how we can provide resources to enhance the experience for our entire community.

Albion College Athletics brings together individuals with a broad and unique range of backgrounds, experiences, cultures, beliefs and social views to create an inclusive environment that is crucial to our overall success. With that comes our DEI platform, designed to educate and inform our student-athletes, coaches and staff. Albion College Athletics is committed to safety, fairness and respect for all participants. Collegiate athletics provides an opportunity for students to compete with and against others, all of whom come from a variety of backgrounds, but share the same common goal of athletic excellence. Our intercollegiate athletics program has a responsibility to promote the well-being of all students regardless of race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, religion or socioeconomic background. We believe that all students should be safe and treated with respect and dignity as consistent with our institutional values and mission.

Athletic Department Statements
June 4, 2020

Albion College DEI Resources
Title IX
Diversity and Inclusion
Intercultural Affairs

NCAA DEI Resources
Achieving Excellence Through Diversity and Inclusion
Office of Inclusion
Inclusion’s Best Practices
NCAA Inclusion of Transgender Student-Athletes
NCAA LGBTQ Resources Page
NCAA Title IX
Presidential Pledge
Return on Inclusion

Other Athletics DEI Resources
Institute for Sport - Social Justice
LGBT SportSafe Inclusion Program
Minority Opportunities Athletic Association, Inc. (MOAA)
Women Leaders in College Sports
You Can Play Project

Sport-Specific DEI Links

DEI Newsletters
Election Piece, October 23, 2020

A DEI Committee has been assembled of coaches and administrators within the athletic department, whose mission is to bring education and discussion towards the department’s commitment to diversity.

DEI Committee
Melissa Walton, Senior Associate AD, SWA
Milton Barnes, Director of Athlete/Community Initiatives
Lance Coleman, Director of Cross Country/Track and Field
Emily DeWaters, Assistant Women’s Lacrosse Coach
Adrian Sanchez, Assistant Athletic Trainer
Marissa Smego, Sports Information Director
Tino Smith II, Assistant Football Coach
Nick Stone, Head Swimming and Diving Coach

DEI Student-Athlete Representatives 
Daniel Akhimien, Men's Soccer
Anika Krishnan, Women's Golf
Aria Morgan, Equestrian
Grace VanDorn, Volleyball
John Wester, Football