Team USA Council on Racial and Social Justice Releases Third Recommendation on Institutional Awareness and Cultural Change

Recommendation builds off of momentum of previous work, will serve as playbook for Olympic and Paralympic community

Colorado Springs, COLORADO – The Team USA Council on Racial and Social Justice released its third set of recommendations aimed at increasing institutional awareness about racial and social justice; promoting cultural change; and creating more opportunities for athletes to advocate for and work toward implementing impactful change across the movements.

This third recommendation, in a set of four, aims to remove systemic barriers to racial and social justice, empower athletes in driving societal change, and anchor a commitment to access, diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice in the organizational policies, practices and procedures within the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic movements. The third recommendation was created and developed with the assistance of external expert Dr. Amy Wilson, the managing director of the office of inclusion at the NCAA.

”This recommendation should serve as a playbook for our entire community,” said Moushaumi Robinson, 2004 Olympic gold medalist in track and field, and chair of the Council. “To increase awareness, presence and voice of current and former Team USA athletes, access, diversity, equity and inclusion (ADEI) must guide institutional practices and procedures. This represents transformational change in action.”

The Council was created more than a year ago to create pathways for dialogue and to advocate for action and work that will implement impactful and meaning full change. Its first two recommendations around the right to protests and demonstrations and athlete advocacy were put into action ahead of the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020 and helped lead and inspire social change to advance equality, fairness and respect – values that serve as the cornerstone for the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic movements.

The Institutional Awareness and Cultural Change Steering Committee, one of four committees that constitutes the Council, worked in collaboration with representatives from the athlete community, AAC, USOPA, NGB, USOPC, and industry and academic thought leaders. A final recommendation is expected later this year that will address racism and acts of discrimination and aim to enhance the reporting and dispute here resolution processes.

The full detail of the Council’s third recommendation can be found at the link here.

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For reference:  Team USA Council on Racial and Social Justice Recommendation on Institutional Awareness and Culture Change

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