Ole Miss SAAC Participates in Diversity Roundtable

OLEMISSSPORTSDOTCOM
OLEMISSSPORTSDOTCOM

OLEMISSSPORTSDOTCOM

March 10, 2014

TWITTER: @Rebel_Ready


OXFORD, Miss. -Recently the Ole miss Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) had a chance to participate in a roundtable discussion with Sam Freedman on the topic of Diversity in Sports. The roundtable, sponsored by the Ole Miss Athletics department in conjunction with the Journalism Department, followed a panel discussion with Dr. Charles Ross, Chair and Associate Professor, Department of African American Studies (University of Mississippi), Dr. Doug Davis, Associate Professor of Educational Leadership (University of Mississippi), Dr. Rosusan Bartee, Professor of Leadership and Counselor Education (University of Mississippi) Samuel Freedman, Professor of Journalism (Columbia University), and Dr. James Thomas, Assistant Professor of Sociology and Anthropology (University of Mississippi)

The panel, moderated by Ole Miss Assistant Athletics Director for Internal Operations, Dr. Jamil Northcutt, discussed what the participants understand to be diversity and inclusion in the sports world. They also shared their experiences in regards to race and gender issues and their many intersections, while offering solutions to promote environments of acceptance, respect, and dignity for everyone.

During the roundtable at the Ole Miss SAAC meeting, Mr. Freedman, a professor of Journalism at Columbia University and a columnist for the New York Times, talked about his book, Breaking The Line. The book is a suspenseful story about two rival football teams, two legendary coaches and two star quarterbacks. Together they broke the color line, revolutionized college sports and transformed the NFL. 

"Hearing the various perspectives of scholars was very informative," said Northcutt. "Their candor about the realities of the current state of diversity and inclusion practices helped to drive the discussion to possible solutions to improve conditions for underrepresented and marginalized groups in sports. We were fortunate to have someone as distinguished as Sam visit with our student-athletes. Our student-athletes truly enjoyed meeting him and discussing multiple issues related to diversity, careers, and effective communication".

Ole Miss SAAC President and Track and Field athlete, Ben Lapane agreed that Freedman's approach was about more than just the game of football.

"In this day and age where college football fans care most about the sports' current trends, Samuel Freedman did a fantastic job educating us on perhaps the most important event of the game's history," said Lapane.

Senior Associate Athletic Director, Shannon Singletary was also impressed by the panel discussion. 

"This discussion reminded us that creating a system to ensure inclusivity and diversity of the candidate pool not only brings forth the best candidates but creates a workforce of leaders that better represents those that are being led," said Singletary.

Rebel Ready is the hub for a wide range of Ole Miss Athletics sponsored programs designed to meet the needs of student-athletes and their families. It is divided into six areas: Student-Athlete Assistance Services, Career Development, Continuing Education, Community Outreach, Financial Education and Career Transition.

Visit Rebel Ready for more information on Ole Miss' Rebel Ready program. 

07/15/2014 - Rebel Ready

Shackelford Nominated for Allstate AFCA...

For the second straight year, Ole Miss' Deterrian Shackelford (Decatur, Alabama) has been nominated for the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team®, which is one of the most coveted and prestigious off-... Read More [+]

07/10/2014 - Rebel Ready

Bramlett Selected To NCAA SAAC

Ole Miss baseball player Brady Bramlett was selected to represent the Southeastern Conference as a member of the NCAA Division I Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC). Bramlett's appointment... Read More [+]

07/09/2014 - Rebel Ready

Track Volunteers with Horizons Summer...

The Ole Miss head track coach Brian O'Neal and assistant coach Greg Stringer opened up the Manning Center for the participants in Ole Miss' Horizons Summer Learning program on Wednesday (July 9).... Read More [+]

06/27/2014 - Rebel Ready

Rebels Volunteer with Horizons Summer...

The Ole Miss women's basketball team opened up the Tuohy Center and put the participants in Ole Miss' Horizons Summer Learning Program through some drills on Friday (June 27) morning. Read More [+]

06/16/2014 - Rebel Ready

Nall Begins Year-Long Internship With NCAA

Mary Ashton Nall grew up around intercollegiate athletics, specifically college football. Her father, Hugh, played football at Georgia and coached at Ole Miss and Auburn. From competing in the NCAA... Read More [+]

05/19/2014 - Rebel Ready

Nall, Nichols Make SEC Community Service Team

Ole Miss seniors Mary Ashton Nall and Alex Nichols were named to the 2014 Southeastern Conference Community Service Teams for women's and men's track and field, respectively. Read More [+]

05/06/2014 - Rebel Ready

Ole Miss Athletics Assists With Tornado...

Ole Miss Athletics delivered a 35-foot trailer stacked full of donations on Monday to help storm victims around Mississippi. Read More [+]

05/02/2014 - Rebel Ready

Ole Miss Gathering Aid For Mississippi...

Through the Rebel Relief Project, Ole Miss fans and area residents will have the opportunity to donate household and clothing items for tornado victims across Mississippi at various locations in... Read More [+]

04/15/2014 - Rebel Ready

Ole Miss SAAC Hosting Shoe Drive

The Ole Miss Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), is partnering with Purshoeing Joy to collect used shoes for children in Guatemala. SAAC members will be collecting shoes at Friday's (April... Read More [+]

04/02/2014 - Rebel Ready

Special Olympics Tennis Event Held At Ole ...

Ole Miss hosted the Special Olympics tennis event at the Gillom Sports Center Wednesday. The event was sponsored by the North Mississippi Regional Center. Read More [+]

Facebook
Twitter
Blog
  • Freeze, Saban Preview Saturday's SEC Showdown

    Wednesday, October 1, 2014 - Football

    Highlights from Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze and Alabama head coach Nick Saban on the SEC teleconference Wednesday, ahead of Saturday's much-anticipated matchup. For the full SEC teleconference, go here. Alabama head coach Nick Saban (starts at 36:16 mark)... read more

  • Striking The Right Balance Offensively

    Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - Football

    Ole Miss has been held under 100 yards rushing in each of its last meetings with Alabama, a 33-14 loss in 2012 and a 25-0 loss in 2013. Running the ball effectively and finding a balance is one area, the... read more

  • 3 Things About Gameday - Ole Miss vs. Alabama

    Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - Football

    read more

  • Ole Miss Athletics Week in Review (Sept. 22-28)

    Monday, September 29, 2014 - Athletics

    Ole Miss Athletics Week in ReviewSept. 22-28, 2014Football- No. 10 Ole Miss used a dominant defensive effort to put away Memphis 24-3 on Saturday, setting up one of the biggest games in recent history this coming Saturday against the Alabama... read more

  • PHOTOS: Week-Long Timeline of Powder Blues

    Monday, September 29, 2014 - Football

    1. Tuesday 9/23 at 4PM @CoachHughFreeze reveals the helmets to the @olemissfb team at team meeting. pic.twitter.com/8jpVCvny4p— OleMissPix (@OleMissPix) September 29, 2014 2. Wed 9/24 at 4PM @OleMissFB practice hidden indoors so that team practice in helmets for safety reasons. pic.twitter.com/vA0Oo6Ps7S— OleMissPix (@OleMissPix) September... read more

  • Observations from the Best Seat in the House

    Sunday, September 28, 2014 - Athletics

    It's Sunday, so that means it's time for this week's Observations from the Best Seat in the House. I'll handle the bulk of the notes this week, but we also have some insight from Austin Miller here as well. Let's... read more

  • Upset Bid Falls Short Against No. 10 A&M

    Sunday, September 28, 2014 - Soccer

    Seeking its first win over a top-10 team since 2009, Ole Miss took a 1-0 lead but fell short to No. 10 Texas A&M, 2-1, Sunday afternoon. "I'm really happy with the team's performance," head coach Matt Mott said. "I'm... read more

  • Defense Honors Mullins with Dominant Effort

    Saturday, September 27, 2014 - Football

    Wearing the lighter blue helmets for the first time since 1994 to honor the late Chucky Mullins, the Ole Miss defense also honored his memory with perhaps the most dominant defensive performance of the Hugh Freeze Era. "Chucky would have... read more

  • VIDEO: Ole Miss-Memphis Motivational

    Saturday, September 27, 2014 - Football

    Ole Miss vs Memphis: Official Team Motivational from Ole Miss Rebels on Vimeo.... read more

  • Three and Out: Keys to Ole Miss-Memphis

    Saturday, September 27, 2014 - Football

    Three areas to watch as No. 10 Ole Miss faces Memphis Saturday. Battle of the Quarterbacks Ole Miss and Memphis have both gotten steady quarterback play, as both teams rank inside the top-15 nationally in scoring offense.  Senior quarterback Bo... read more

  • Rebels Rebound with Hard-Fought Draw

    Thursday, September 25, 2014 - Soccer

    Playing in their fourth overtime game of the season, the Ole Miss soccer team played Arkansas to a 1-1 double-overtime draw on Thursday night.  The teams combined for 30 shots, including 13 on goal, but the game was characterized more... read more

  • 3 Things About Gameday - Ole Miss vs. Memphis

    Thursday, September 25, 2014 - Football

    read more

  • Freeze Stresses Focus, Attention Ahead of Memphis

    Thursday, September 25, 2014 - Football

    Highlights from Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze's time on the SEC teleconference Wednesday, ahead of the Rebels' matchup with Memphis on Saturday (6:30 p.m. CT, Fox Sports Net). Freeze's time on the call begins at the 1:21:20 mark. For... read more

  • Memphis Not Fazed by Big Stage

    Wednesday, September 24, 2014 - Football

    Memphis is 2-1 heading into Saturday's matchup with wins over Austin Peay (63-0) and Middle Tennessee (36-17) and a 42-35 loss at No. 11 UCLA. The Tigers scored two early fourth-quarter touchdowns to tie the Bruins at 35-35 with 13:44... read more

  • Ole Miss Athletics Week in Review (Sept. 15-21)

    Monday, September 22, 2014 - Athletics

    Ole Miss Athletics Week in ReviewSept. 15-21, 2014Volleyball- Ole Miss went 4-0 to capture the Rebel Classic and improve to 14-0 on the season.- Through four weeks of the season, the Rebels have equaled last year's win total (14-17).- Sophomore... read more