BLOOMINGTON, Minn. – The Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) hosted an educational seminar for administrators and coaches at the University of St. Thomas on Wednesday. The two-session seminar, focusing on game day management and inclusion and diversity discussion, was attended by more than 50 MIAC administrators and coaches from all 13 institutions across Minnesota.
Michelle Morgan (St. Thomas) and Joe Christianson (Concordia) facilitated the 90-minute morning session, which centered on building a more positive game day environment. Morgan and Christenson traveled to Orlando in June to become two of 60 NCAA Division III administrators and game managers trained on "Game Day the DIII Way" through the NCAA's partnership with the Disney Institute. The game management session served as a practical tool to help membership ensure appropriate fan behavior at all MIAC contests through the four key service standards of Safety, Responsiveness, Dignity and Experience.
In the afternoon, Kim Miller from the Ross Initiative in Sports for Equality (RISE) guided attendees on several interactive and engaging exercises to discuss diversity, inclusion and implicit bias through the lense of athletics. The presentation focused heavily on self-reflection and perspective-taking in order to improve race relations and drive social progress. Empathy and understanding played key roles in the afternoon activities, which aimed to educate administrators and coaches on the complexities of identity and provide tools to help foster a more inclusive environment for all back on campus.