Lafayette Hosts NCAA Diversity Education Workshop

March 4, 2003

EASTON, Pa. (www.lafayette.edu) - Lafayette College was recently selected by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) to receive and host a 2003 on-campus NCAA Diversity Education Workshop.

Lafayette welcomed former NCAA staff member Stan Johnson and the diversity education campaign on Monday and Tuesday, March 3 and 4. Three workshop times were setup to accommodate all interested Lafayette administrators, faculty, coaches and student-athletes.

"We are looking for an opportunity to better manage what we are doing here at Lafayette, and part of that is how we communicate and work together," Lafayette Director of Athletics Bruce McCutcheon said. "The workshop teaches that culture does not have to do with physical characteristics, but it has everything to do with behaviors and values, and how important it is to accept and respect the values of others."

The diversity workshops are designed to enhance the management skills necessary in working relationships with student-athletes, coaches, athletics administrators, faulty and staff at colleges and universities. The NCAA Workshops create the opportunity for academic institutions to become more active in the development of individuals who contribute to society.

"We had a group of student-athletes participate in the workshop on Monday night, and we also had two large groups of staff and faculty members on Monday and Tuesday," McCutcheon said. "Not only did we have athletic department personnel, but we also had people from other areas of campus and that was a major positive."

Since its inception in 1996, the NCAA has conducted diversity-education workshops to provide attendees with a foundation of the basic concepts of diversity and to develop awareness and appreciation of diversity across its campuses.