The American Kinesiology Association (AKA) promotes and pursues an evolving understanding of the importance of human interaction in kinesiology beyond the level of tolerance. AKA believes that inclusive excellence exemplifies an organization’s commitment to efforts that promote both diversity and inclusion with the goal of creating a working and learning environment that encourages varied perspectives and an open exchange of ideas in an unbiased and non-prejudicial way. An organization’s commitment to inclusive excellence is best demonstrated by the strategic, comprehensive, and sustained infusion of diversity and inclusion efforts into the central functions of the academic unit (e.g., recruitment and retention practices, hiring processes, curriculum development, administrative structure, etc.).
AKA is committed to pursuing the development and involvement of diverse and inclusive Kinesiology departments and partnering with other organizations and communities that engage in practices that promote these concepts. AKA’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee seeks to recognize academic units that exemplify the core principles of inclusive excellence.
The award criteria require evidence of significant contributions in each of the following areas:
- promoting an understanding of diversity and inclusion within respective academic units or the field of kinesiology;
- developing innovative programs, initiatives, strategies, etc. designed to enhance AKA diversity and inclusion; and
- sustaining a commitment to developing diversity and inclusion in the field of kinesiology through teaching, research, and/or service.