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The Michigan Sport Business Association is committed to fostering an inclusive environment. Sport provides a platform for social change, and as a club built on that foundation, it is of the utmost importance that we address and educate one another on the injustices of the past and the struggles of today. We must recognize the marginalized sport figures and students who continue to break down barriers on and off the field in their fight for equality. Our mission is to connect, educate, and inspire future generations of sport business professionals. We strive to celebrate diverse identities, backgrounds, and experiences. We acknowledge our duty to develop a culture where all members feel a place of acceptance. 

Through our Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Committee, we provide resources to educate our members on all aspects of diversity and inclusion with access to our resource database and member training sessions. We are dedicated to ensuring that everyone within our SBA community feels a sense of belonging, value, and universal respect, and are equally as committed to putting in the work to make sure their fellow members do as well.

We encourage members to give feedback and help improve SBA through our
DEI Suggestion Form so that we can continue to grow to become strong, inclusive, and open-minded leaders.

Coming soon: DEI DATABASE

MAY 1, 2021 | INDUCTION OF NEW DEI COMMITTEE

With the official transition from the 2020-2021 Executive Board to the 2021-2022 Executive Board in effect, our inaugural Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee Members assumed their roles and got straight to work. Stay tuned for the utmost impactful work Alana Milow, Kamilah Sobers, and Emma Kichula do throughout this next year. 

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APRIL 8, 2021 | SBA PANEL ON THE NFL'S DEI EFFORTS

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SBA had the privilege of hosting the NFL's Traci Otey Blunt (SVP of Corporate Communications) and Venessa Hutchinson (Senior Manager of Football Development) for a virtual conversation with our members regarding both the League's diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts and how to get your foot in the door and succeed in the early phases of your career. 

MARCH 31, 2021 | WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH TRIBUTE

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As Women's History Month 2021 came to a close, our Marketing Department took a special moment on our social media platforms to recognize and celebrate the women of Michigan Sport Business Association  – the female Leaders and Best who make our organization all that is. 

MARCH 27, 2021 | BLACK HISTORY MONTH VIDEO COMPILATION

As part of SBA's Black History Month initiative, our Co-Directors of Marketing, Samantha Post and Daniela Mirell, reached out to voices of color in our community – students, alumni, faculty, and industry professionals – and crafted a video compilation amplifying both their stories and their appreciation for Black History Month. The goal of the video was to provide our members and alumni with authentic insight into the hardships African Americans have faced and continue to face across the sport business landscape. 

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FEBRUARY 26, 2021 | SM DEI SPEAKER SERIES EVENT #2

▶︎ 'BREAKING BARRIERS: PROMOTING INTERSECTIONALITY IN SPORT'

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Gail Newsham

Erik Robeznicks

Whitney Tarver

Steve Soboroff

The second event in the School of Kinesiology's student-led Awareness to Action: DEI in Sport speaker series revolved around examining how we, as a community, can advance equity in sport by looking at how sport is not only a barometer for progress in our inclusion efforts, but also a driver of change. With this goal in mind, the virtual event focused on how gender, ethnicity, race, nationality, and ability have affected access to, participation in, and growth of sport.

JANUARY 27, 2021 | SM DEI SPEAKER SERIES EVENT #1

▶︎ 'HOW DID WE GET HERE? TRACING THE HISTORY OF INEQUITY & EXCLUSION IN AMERICAN SPORT'

The first event in the School of Kinesiology's student-led diversity, equity, and inclusion series - Awareness to Action: DEI in Sport - focused on bringing together academic and industry leaders to explore activism, allyship, and action that we as students, faculty, alumni, and future industry professionals can take to advance equity in sport. 

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Dr. Louis Moore

Marissa Pollick

Joyce Wilson-Eder

DECEMBER 2, 2020 | EXECUTIVE BOARD EXPANSION

Our President, Ethan Tipping, released the news to our members that SBA's Executive Board would be  expanding with the addition of an entire new department: the Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Committee! Working in conjunction with our Vice Presidents, the new DEI Committee was created for orchestrating and implementing meaningful initiatives that foster an increasingly open space for our members, radiant with diversity of thought, diversity of people, and diversity of disciplines. 

JUNE 23, 2020 | EXECUTIVE BOARD ATTENDS SOCIAL JUSTICE SUMMIT

▶︎ LED BY MICHIGAN'S CENTER FOR CAMPUS INVOLVEMENT, SBA'S EXECUTIVE BOARD ATTENDED THE 'SUSTAINABLE SOCIAL JUSTICE INITIATIVES IN YOUR STUDENT ORGANIZATION' SUMMIT

Following the Center for Campus Involvement's campus-wide virtual DEI conference, all of the student org leaders across the Sport Management Program congregated for a follow-up workshop, led by the CCI's Manager of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Kaila Sell. Members of our Executive Board engaged in open dialogue about the social identities that comprise SBA, along with organizational bias, accountability, intergroup relations, and allyhood/allyship. Each student org respectively examined their recruitment process, conjointly brainstorming ways in which we could all diversify our membership, subsequently discussing how to better provide support for current members of marginalized identities.

JUNE 8, 2020 | BLACK LIVES MATTER VIDEO MONTAGE

Our Co-Directors of Marketing, Samantha Post and Daniela Mirell, released a montage highlighting sport's role in providing a platform for social change even during the toughest of times. The video featured professional athletes taking a stand against racism from as early as the Civil Rights era up until present day. Our hope as an organization was for the compilation to empower our community by emphasizing that we are more than students just as much as those in the video are more than athletes, and together, we have the ability to make a change.

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JUNE 3, 2020 | PRESIDENT'S LETTER

Shortly after the deaths of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, in addition to the outbreak of protests across the U.S. that followed soon thereafter, our President, Ethan Tipping, released a statement on behalf of the Executive Board in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement. Said letter detailed SBA's stance against racism, addressed the heartbreaking events that occurred that Spring, shared educational links, and elucidated our efforts to diversify and cultivate an inclusive club environment.