The Department of Athletics at Fayetteville State University has earned the LGBT SportSafe ‘GOLD Medallion’ status and Founders Club membership for its efforts in creating a climate of respect for LGBTQ student-athletes and participation in the LGBT SportSafe Inclusion Program.
The program was developed to create an infrastructure for athletic administrators, coaches, and recreational sports leaders through policy, programming, and public awareness initiatives that support LGBTQ inclusion in athletics.
“LGBT SportSafe will help strengthen the entire athletic community,” says FSU Athletics Director Anthony Bennett. “We support all of our current and future student-athletes. We want them, our fans, and visitors to have a positive and conducive experience while at Fayetteville State.”
Fayetteville State University, along with Bowie State University, will be among the first two institutions in the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association to implement the program.
The FSU Broncos logo will be featured on the LGBT SportSafe website (www.lgbtsportssafe.com) as a Founders Club member. The Founders Club is comprised of an elite group of institutions who are early leaders of LGBT inclusion.
On March 28, 2017, the FSU athletics department collaborated with the Division of Student Affairs to host an LGBTQ Diversity and Inclusion Workshop. The five-session workshop included meetings with coaches and athletic administrators, athletics and student affairs administrators, student-athlete advisory committee and team captains, a student body keynote address, and a meeting with the Chancellor.
In May, athletics’ staff and administrators participated in a two-day Safezone Training Workshop conducted by the university’s Safezone Program Coordinator, Brent Lewis. The goal of the Safezone Program at Fayetteville State University is to create an affirming and supportive campus climate by identifying and educating members of the campus community who are opened to and supportive of all individuals regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.
The Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) has future plans to help demonstrate FSU’s continuous commitment to inclusion by hosting LGBT SportSafe Game Night with various sports teams and initiating SAAC versus SAAC challenges between other conference member institutions.