Undergraduate Preparedness and Partnerships to Enhance Diversity in Kinesiology

in Kinesiology Review
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Diversity and inclusion in Kinesiology is needed to ensure the future professionals of tomorrow engage in recognizing the shared fabric of science and inquiry. Initiatives targeting inclusion and diversity have shown promise in bridging the existing gap. Vital to this process is the role of faculty, administrators and students in providing academic support and paracurricular exposure to the field of Kinesiology. Historical perspectives and knowledge of best practices shape the conversation regarding innovative 21st century options deemed necessary for meeting this challenge. Our review describes programs that strengthen the preparedness of undergraduate students. In addition, we outline existing strategies leading to effective partnerships between undergraduate and graduate institutions. Diversity and inclusion are integral to the achievement of excellence and enhance each institution's ability to accomplish its academic mission and to serve its constituents.

Gregory-Bass is with the Dept. of Biology, Spelman College, Atlanta, GA. Williams is with the Dept. of Kinesiology, Albany State University, Albany, GA. Peters and Blount are with the Dept. of Kinesiology, Auburn University, Auburn, AL.