The Vermont Connection


Delilah Poupore


Diversity training efforts often attempt to address exclusion in groups by creating opportunities for engagement across difference. However, this work tends to happen through singular, isolated programs. The author’s experience working for five years with an National Collegiate Athletic Association Division One women’s athletic team and coaching staff demonstrates that ongoing diversity training efforts make significant changes possible. The training efforts lead to increased structural diversity, increased ability to address mistreatment, and the ability to deal more openly with the effects of race, gender, sexuality, age, religion, and social class on the team and coaches. The team’s successes around inclusiveness have been matched by its on-court teamwork and winning record.