CSULB’s Department of Athletics has been recognized by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) as one of the 2007-08 winners in the Overall Excellence in Diversity category. LBSU is one of 12 NCAA Division I institutions to receive the recognition.
Recipients of the 2008 Diversity in Athletics Award was publicly recognized recently by the NCAA Office for Diversity and Inclusion and the Laboratory for Diversity in Sport during theNational Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics Convention June 9-12 in Dallas.
The 12 institutions honorees were University of Central Florida, University of Colorado at Boulder, Drexel University, East Tennessee State University, Kansas State University, Long Beach State, University of Miami (FL), Ohio State University, San Jose State University, Stanford University, University of Texas at El Paso and Wright State University.
"Long Beach State Athletics is pleased and proud to receive this NCAA national achievement award," said LBSU Director of Athletics Vic Cegles. "We are fully committed to providing opportunities to a diverse group of student-athletes, coaches and support staff, and will continue to lead in fulfilling this important mission of the university and the intercollegiate athletics department. I thank and congratulate everyone who helps to make this a special place to achieve one's personal and professional goals."
Through independent research conducted by the Laboratory for Diversity in Sport at Texas A&M University and supported by the NCAA, athletics departments are recognized in eight categories: diversity strategy, gender diversity of departmental employees, racial diversity of department employees, value and attitudinal (values, attitudes, and personality) diversity of department employees, graduation of African-American female student-athletes, graduation of African-American male student-athletes, gender equity compliance (substantial proportionality) and overall excellence in diversity.