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Athletics and Diversity

  • By: C. Keith Harrison, Scott J. Bukstein & Bryan J. Cook
  • In: Encyclopedia of Diversity in Education
  • Edited by: James A. Banks
  • Subject:Diversity & Consistency, Sociology of Education (general)

Diversity is a pressing issue that presents ongoing challenges and opportunities in the United States and internationally. Diversity and inclusion relate not only to gender, race, and ethnicity, but also to diversity of thought, personality, perspective, and experiences. In the context of higher education and athletics participation, the ideologies and realities of diversity and inclusion provide a “window to society” for understanding issues related to race, gender, culture, social class, and educational achievement. Collegiate student-athletes possess unique, multidimensional identities with respect to their academic, athletic, and social experiences. This entry examines the effects of athletic participation on student attitudes toward diversity. It then describes institutional efforts to strengthen leadership skills and build positive relationships among student-athletes from diverse backgrounds.

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