March 22, 2001
CSUS Tackles Discrimination in Athletics
Athletic experts attempt to pummel discrimination
issues at an upcoming Year of Unity conference, "Sport
and Diversity in America," from 1 - 5 p.m., Monday, April
2 in the University Union at California State University,
Former pro-basketball player, author and syndicated columnist
Mariah Burton Nelson will deliver the keynote address at 1
p.m. in the University Union Ballroom. Her talk, "Beyond
Buff Biceps and Thin Thighs: Five Ways Sports Are Empowering
Women," will dispel the conventional notions about how
women athletes should behave.
"Female athletes are the unacknowledged leaders of the
21st century women's movement," Nelson says. "By
offering visible, tangible examples of strength, courage and
success, they challenge what women are capable of achieving."
The conference will include four panel discussion sessions
dealing with various sports-related topics including "Sexual
Orientation and Sport," also led by Nelson.
"If you're a female, and if you take sports seriously,
sooner or later you will be called a lesbian," Nelson
During the discussion, Nelson plans to answer questions such
as: How many female athletes are gay? How many male athletes
are gay? What can straight people do to even the playing field
for gay athletes and coaches? This discussion is at 3 p.m.,
in the University Union Redwood Room.
Another panel discussion will deal with "Sport, Media
and Diversity in America" featuring Del Rodgers, former
NFL player and weekend sports anchor for KCRA Channel 3; Dana
Jacobson, weekend sports anchor for KXTV Channel 10; Armando
Botello, capital correspondent for La Opinion magazine; and
Nick Trujillo, CSUS communications studies professor.
The panelists will address such questions as: How well the
sports media cover stories about diversity? What are the obstacles
facing women and minorities who wish to pursue careers in
sports media? Panelist will also discuss career options in
sports media. This discussion is at 3 p.m. in the University
Union Foothill Suite.
"Gender and Sport," a panel discussion featuring
Susan Zieff, CSU San Francisco professor; Sohaila Shakib,
USC professor; Pam Gill Fisher, UC Davis associate athletic
director; and Deborah Colberg, CSUS athletics director is
at 3 p.m., in the University Union Delta Suite. Panelists
will talk about why women participate in sports, the difference
between how male and female athletes identify themselves and
gender equity issues.
"Winning the Race in Sports," a panel discussion
featuring Tim Fong, CSUS ethnic studies professor; Sam Regalado,
CSU Stanislaus professor; Vernon Andrews, UC Berkeley professor
and Scott Modell, CSUS kinesiology professor is at 3 p.m.
in the University Union Ballroom. Panelists will discuss the
experience of Asian American, Hispanic American and African
"Sport and Diversity in America," is sponsored by
the College of Social Sciences and Interdisciplinary Studies.
For more information about the conference call (916) 278-6504.
Media assistance is available by contacting the CSUS public
affairs office at (916) 278-6156.
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