Inclusive Excellence in Kinesiology Units in Higher Education

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Matthew T. MaharSchool of Exercise and Nutritional Sciences, San Diego State University, San Diego, CA, USA

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Harsimran BawejaSchool of Exercise and Nutritional Sciences, San Diego State University, San Diego, CA, USA

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Matthew AtencioDepartment of Kinesiology, California State University, East Bay, Hayward, CA, USA

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Harald BarkhoffDepartment of Kinesiology and Exercise Sciences, University of Hawai‘i at Hilo, Hilo, HI, USA

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Helen Yolisa DuleyDepartment of Kinesiology and Exercise Sciences, University of Hawai‘i at Hilo, Hilo, HI, USA

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Gail Makuakāne-LundinKīpuka Native Hawaiian Student Center, Division of Student Affairs, University of Hawai‘i at Hilo, Hilo, HI, USA

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ZáNean D. McClainDepartment of Kinesiology, California State University, East Bay, Hayward, CA, USA

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Misty PachecoDepartment of Kinesiology and Exercise Sciences, University of Hawai‘i at Hilo, Hilo, HI, USA

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E. Missy WrightDepartment of Kinesiology, California State University, East Bay, Hayward, CA, USA

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Jared A. RussellSchool of Kinesiology, Auburn University, Auburn, AL, USA

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The aim of this paper is to emphasize the value of developing cultural awareness in kinesiology students to prepare them to enter the workforce in a world where the principles of justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion are evolving. The authors provide examples of sustained and impactful practices from three kinesiology units in higher education that have been recognized with the American Kinesiology Association Inclusive Excellence Award. The case studies demonstrate that institutional support for inclusive excellence is instrumental in development of sustainable experiences. Kinesiology leaders can demonstrate commitment to inclusive excellence by supporting faculty who conduct teaching, research, and service activities that meet their institution’s inclusive excellence goals. Other areas where kinesiology units can influence student development include curriculum, student engagement activities, university and community partnerships, and leadership for inclusive excellence.

Mahar (mmahar@sdsu.edu) is corresponding author, https://orcid.org/0000-0002-5011-6947.

Barkhoff is now at the College of Health Sciences and Human Services, California State University, Monterey Bay

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