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Diversity Committee Offers Update on Membership, Initiatives

As part of Sports Medicine Bulletin’s spotlight on diversity-related issues during Black History Month, NiCole Keith, Ph.D., FACSM, chair of ACSM’s Ad Hoc Committee on Diversity Action, provides the following update on the status of ACSM membership and the progress of the organization’s key diversity initiative.

Diversity of ACSM’s Membership
Many ACSM members do not report race/ethnicity when they complete their membership information. Because of this, it is difficult to know where our membership truly stands in terms of racial diversity. In 2010, only 39 percent of ACSM’s members reported race, and this is the breakdown:
  • 82% Caucasian
  • 7% Asian
  • 5% Hispanic
  • 4% African-American
  • 2% Other (Arabic, Hawaiian, Native American)
These numbers reflect a two-percent increase in diversity from 2004, when 85 percent of reporting members were Caucasian.

Leadership and Diversity Training Program (LDTP)
The Ad Hoc Committee on Diversity Action is also committed to increasing the diversity among ACSM’s leaders and board members. To date, there have only been two board members who represent a minority group. To increase minority leadership, the committee developed the Leadership and Diversity Training Program (LDTP). This three-level program hopes to increase the number of minority leaders in ACSM through mentoring and retention. Since the program launched, there have been 23 LDTP participants who are student and professional members. There were 25 LDTP applicants for the 2011-12 program. Dr. David Marquez was the first LDTP participant to become an ACSM Fellow, helping fully realize the goal of the program.

The Ad Hoc Committee on Diversity Action is committed to making steps that will lead to significant, positive changes in ACSM’s diverse membership. For a comprehensive report on the diversity efforts of the College, please click here. more

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