Creating a Climate of Organizational Diversity: Models of Best Practice

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NiCole R. Keith
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This article describes the characteristics of diversity within academia and professional organizations in general and specifically within Kinesiology departments and Kinesiology-related organizations. While other types of diversity exist, this article refers to diversity in terms of race/ethnicity, gender, age, physical capability, socioeconomic background, and/or sexual orientation. Two Kinesiology departments, within the context of their universities, in two different regions of the United States are presented as models of best practice to improve institutional diversity. Also presented are one detailed example and several general examples of methods by which Kinesiology-related professional organizations have developed intentional strategies to improve diversity in membership and leadership. Presented models could, at least in part, be used by administrators and leaders to improve diversity within academic institutions and professional organizations.

Keith is with the Dept. of Kinesiology, Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis, Indianapolis, IN. Russell is with the Dept. of Kinesiology, Auburn University, Auburn, AL.

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