Measuring Racial Competence in Athletic Academic Support Staff Members

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Critical Race Theory (CRT), a theoretical framework that has been gaining much recognition in sport literature, is a useful and beneficial tool in discussing race and racism. To better understand the context in which academic support staff members appreciate the functionality and significance of race, the present study measures the racial competence and colorblindness of athletic academic support personnel. This study explores the need to integrate a model such as CRT that promotes “racial competency” among academic support departments working closely with student-athletes of color. The study surveyed 101 athletic academic support staff members at NCAA Division I member institutions. Findings suggest that there is a lack of understanding of the tenets of CRT and a need to implement multicultural competence and diversity training for athletic academic support staff members.

Shaw is with Health and Human Performance, University of Houston, Houston, TX. Moiseichik, Blunt-Vinti, and Stokowski are with Health, Human Performance, & Recreation, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR.

Address author correspondence to Merry Moiseichik at merry@uark.edu.
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