Diversity & Cultural Competence

The Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP) actively promotes the respect for and the value of human diversity within members and through professional actions. 

AASP's Position Statement on Human Diversity

The Diversity Committee's charge is to ensure that AASP honors its commitment to diversity. We define diversity broadly and include (but are not limited to) race, ethnicity, gender, socioeconomic status, nationality, physical capacities, and sexual orientation. Our Committee makes recommendations to AASP's Executive Board of strategies and directives that will create an inclusive community for all our members. The objectives of the Diversity Committee are continually modified as AASP grows in its responsiveness to diversity.

The Diversity Committee members are:

  • Leeja Carter (Chair)
  • Kensa Gunter
  • Rob Owens
  • Jenny Withycombe
  • Karin Jeffrey
  • Shannon Baird
  • Alicia Johnson
  • Leslee Fisher
  • Heather Peters
  • Amanda Perkins
  • Tanya Prewitt
  • Carole Oglesby
  • Ryan Shuda
  • Leslie Larsen
     

Diversity-Based Special Interest Groups

  • Disability Sport and Exercise
  • Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, and Intersex 
  • Race & Ethnicity in Sport
  • Women in Sports

Past Diversity Keynotes

October 2014
Angela Hucles, Wade Davis, & Hudson Taylor

 
More Than An Ahlete: Deconstructing Sexuality, Gender, and Race in Sport

October 2012
Keith Harrison

 
The Tanning of the Global Sportsworld: Assessing, Measuring and Analyzing the Cultural Performance of Diverse Human Beings

 

 

Student Diversity Award

The Student Diversity Award recognizes and honors the achievements of students involved in research, service or applied experiences that focus on issues of diversity (i.e., race or ethnicity, sexual orientation, social class, disability) that impact sport, exercise and health. The recipient receives a check for $500 and free AASP 2015 conference registration as well as a plaque presented at the conference.

Past Student Diversity Award Winners

2014 Johanna Foss University of Denver  
2013 Ya-Ting Shang North Carolina Greensboro  
2012 Edson Filho & Itay Basevitch Florida State University  
2011 Moe Machida Michigan State University  
2011 Alyssa Norris Washington State University  
2010 Meredith Whitley Michigan State University  
2009 Johnathan H. Duff University of Denver Mark Aoyagi
2008 Sheryll Casuga John F. Kennedy University   

Diversity References & Resources

Student Diversity Travel Grant

The Student Diversity Travel Grant is to provide racially and ethnically diverse students with a developing interest in sport and exercise psychology (SEP), who have not previously attended an annual AASP conference, the opportunity to:

  1. Attend the annual conference,
  2. Learn more about the field of SEP, and
  3. Develop professional connections within AASP as well as the field of SEP.

Click here for more information on the Student Diversity Travel Grant.

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