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The NCAA 2021 Inclusion Forum, “A Vision for Change: Empowering Voices and Rising to Action,” will be held virtually June 2-4. The breakout sessions will be 12:30-5 p.m. June 2, 12:30-8 p.m. June 3 and 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m. June 4.

The three-day event will feature presentations and breakout sessions that focus on the NCAA office of inclusion’s five core areas: disability, international student-athlete issues, LGBTQ, race/ethnicity and women. Some of the breakout sessions are “The Audacity of Inclusivity,” led by Yorri Berry, spoken word artist and global children’s rights advocate, and “Leading the Way on DEI,” in which recipients of NCAA diversity, equity and inclusion awards will speak about their experiences leading DEI efforts in athletics.

The three keynote speakers are Johnnetta Cole, Spelman College president and National Council of Negro Women chair; Caylin Moore, Rhodes Scholar and author of “A Dream Too Big: The Story of an Improbable Journey from Compton to Oxford;” and Howard Ross, founder and principal consultant of Cook Ross, a consulting firm that addresses organizational development issues such as unconscious biases.

The full schedule for the forum can be found on the NCAA website.

NCAA administrators, coaches, faculty, staff and students and Markey’s staff can attend the conference. All attendees must register online before the event because a limited amount of people can attend. There is no registration fee.

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