Understanding Student Perceptions of Diversity and Inclusion

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  • | 2 York College of Pennsylvania
  • | 3 Temple University
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Colleges and universities should serve as inclusive environments positioned to provide a strong education to all students. However, bias and discrimination mar the college atmosphere for many. Simultaneously, there is a paucity of research that examines student views of diversity and inclusion in both higher education and sport management. Employing mixed methods, this research examined the perceptions of diversity and inclusion among undergraduate students in sport management programs. Data demonstrate that student perceptions differ across measures of sex, race/ethnicity, upbringing, internship experiences, and transfer status. Findings suggest implications for embedding diversity and inclusion topics within sport management curricula to develop competencies crucial to students’ educational success and future in the sport industry.

DeLuca is with the Dept. of Kinesiology, Towson University, Towson, MD, USA. Mudrick and Hayes Sauder are with York College of Pennsylvania, York, PA, USA. Taylor is with Temple University, Philadelphia, PA, USA.

DeLuca (jdeluca@towson.edu) is corresponding author.
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