Sports, and coaches, serve as an important arena of social influence. Today the power of athletics to shape individual and group understanding remains strong. Interscholastic athletics and physical education play a crucial role in independent schools as we seek to prepare confident young men and women of character. The ways young people interact on the athletic field inform their sense of personal and social identity. At their best, athletics fortify values such as dedication, responsibility to/for others, and teamwork.
Athletics also have the potential to reinforce norms that may make some student-athletes feel marginalized, including those who identify or may be emerging in their identity as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT). This workshop will equip teacher-coaches with tools to address such social injustice and to build and sustain positive athletic cultures. While this program is geared toward educators who work with students in athletics, all are encouraged to attend.
Hudson Taylor, an assistant wrestling coach at Columbia University and four-time All-American at the University of Maryland, is the founder of Athlete Ally – a resource to empower straight athletic allies to combat homophobia and transphobia in sports.
Dan Woog is a teacher and soccer coach at Staples High School in Westport, CT. A renowned speaker and freelance writer, Dan has published books and articles, and has a newspaper column, Woog’s World. His books include Jocks: True Stories of America’s Gay Male Athletes and School’s Out: The Impact of Gay and Lesbian Issues on America’s Schools.
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Virginia Diversity Network
The Virginia Diversity Network was created as an association for Virginia independent schools to help promote diversity within our individual school cultures.
Each school year, the network offers a variety of workshops and programs for faculty and administration, as well as a space for honest dialogue about identity work and inclusion in our schools.
The Virginia Diversity Network seeks to promote deeper understanding of diversity at individual schools and develops programming that explores the concepts of race, ethnicity, gender, religion, age, socioeconomic status, ability, and sexual orientation, among all other diverse dimensions.