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4th Annual Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Summit January 19-21, 2021 Gen Z - Moving a New Dream forward

Becoming an Ally and Upstander
Kathy Lopes
Director of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, Newton Public Schools

Think: (To Hear Is New Knowledge)
Kevin Ross
Boston Supervisor, Becoming a Man (BAM)

Transformative Approaches to Advancing Social & Racial Justice In Our Schools
Danika Manso-Brown
Associate Education Director, Anti-Defamation League

Moving the Dream Forward: Tools for Young Leaders to Effectively Communicate and Collaborate to Impact Change
Dr. Dwayne Thomas
MIAA/MSAA DEI Committee Chair
Owner & Chief Learning Officer, Thomas Leadership Solutions, Inc.

Mission Statement

The mission of the DEIC is to foster diversity among member schools, athletic administrators, coaches and student-athletes by promoting inclusiveness, awareness, and acceptance. The focus is to celebrate all differences by creating associations that are welcoming and engaging for all.

Major DEI Programs

The MSAA/MIAA host two annual events that address current topics in:

•  Racial and ethnic diversity;
•  Gender equity;
•  Inclusion of LGBTQ students, coaches and administrators; and
•  Inclusion of students, coaches and administrators who have disabilities

NAESP Initiatives
Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events

Recording from Sunday, Nov 1 Athletics and Social Justice BPS Athletics Speaker Series featuring Kellan Grady and College Athletes for Respect and Equality (CARE)

Partner Organizations

Blake Associates

Boston Pride

Human Rights Campaign

Let's Empower, Advocate, and Do, Inc. (LEAD)

Massachusetts Office on Disability

New England Chapter

Pam Garramone

Diversity Equity & Conclusion Committee

DEI Leadership

The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Committee was formed to support all of the MSAA/MIAA constituents through the five pillars of Educational Athletics and serve in an advisory capacity for both associations.


The MSAA/MIAA DEI committee is committed to promoting social inclusion and attitudes of nondiscrimination towards cultures, gender, race, disabilities, sexual orientation and religion. Massachusetts has nation leading programs in support of LGBTQ individuals, Special Olympics, Unified Sports and Para Sports inclusion integrated with MSAA/MIAA sports and Educational Athletics programs. For example, the MSAA/MIAA and Special Olympics are partners in Unified Track and Field as well as Unified Basketball. Approximately 100 schools participate in Unified Track and Field and over 80 schools participate in Unified Basketball. We are looking to grow all inclusion programs and be the model for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion that other state associations can emulate.

Facilitating Dialogue on Systemic Racism and Social Justice through Educational Athletics CLICK HERE

By Dr. Dwayne B. Thomas, Ph.D., MSAA/MIAA DEI Committee Chair

Attorney General Office’s Guidance on Schools’ Legal Obligations to Prevent and Address Hate and Bias Incidents (CLICK HERE)- Massachusetts Prohibits Bias-Related Bullying and Harassment in Schools


Why Coaching for Social Justice Matters (CLICK HERE) Athletics can be a productive environment to engage white students, coaches and others in ways that help them become more aware of privilege and institutional racism, writes Joshua Meyer.  By Joshua Meyer / December 3, 2020

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Resources

The MIAA and MSAA are committed to promoting inclusiveness, awareness and acceptance among the memberships of both associations. The resources and information on this page have been compiled by members of the MIAA/MSAA Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee as part of an ongoing commitment to anti-racism education and to assist in conversations regarding racism that are taking place across the country.

As an integral committee within the MIAA and MSAA organizations, the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee has designed and integrated this information based website to assist our memberships in addressing the ongoing educational needs of our state-wide constituents. We anticipate additional resources to be added and this list will be ever evolving.

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