An HBCU Summit was hosted at the Walter Payton Recreation Complex on Jackson State University’s campus recently. The Summit was a social event that aimed to identify opportunities, challenges, and issues that Historically Black Colleges and Universities face in the field of collegiate recreation.
GSU’s Recreation and Intramural Center partnered with the Kinesiology Department and sponsored 11 students to attend the Summit.
Attendees at the Summit, held Feb. 24, were professional members of the National Intramural and Recreational Sports Association.
Attending from GSU were kinesiology professors Melissa Russell and Yvonne Calvin; recreation/intramural staff member Marcus Kennedy; and kinesiology students Coi Duronslet, Hal Mims, Chris Bethley, Darryn DeJohnette, Taneshia Morrison, Ryan Johnson, Candice Newton, Angelo Eave, Trenton Scott, Traderric Ford, and Whitney Marshall.
The event proved to be a great opportunity for students to receive internships, graduate assistantships and employment, in addition to building a pipeline of emerging professionals in the field.
The sessions also created awareness among non-HBCUs regarding the similarities and differences that HBCU programs have with non-HBCU programs.
Recreation sport leaders lead discussions on increasing engagement with NIRSA through institutional and professional memberships that will provide resources to assist HBCU programs.
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