UB Panel to Present on Diversity & Inclusion in Athletics at National Conference

Kathy Twist, Senior Associate Athletic Director for Sports Administration & Senior Woman Administrator, Sharon Nolan-Weiss, UB Director of Equity, Diversity & Inclusion, and Nellie Drew, Sports Law professor, will be presenting a panel discussion on diversity and inclusion in athletics on June 19th in Albany.   The presentation, entitled “Diversity & Inclusion in Athletics:  Legalities, Policies & Practicalities”  will provide information and advice on legal requirements, policy formulation and implementation and best practices in the area of athletics.  Topics will include the evolving application of Title IX to sexual violence, sexual harassment and sexual discrimination, as well as engaging the student-athlete population as role models and student leaders.

The event, the 2018 SPECTRUM Conference: Preventing and Responding to Violence Against the LGBTQI Community, is the nation’s largest higher education conference devoted to preventing and responding to sexual and interpersonal violence against members of the LGBTQI+ community. National-level keynote and concurrent speakers and panelists, the opportunity to network with colleagues, and access to low-cost, repeatable, implementable programs and solutions to reduce violence against LGBTQI+ students and community members are part and parcel of this two-day conference.

Further information, including registration details, can be found at http://www.suny.edu/events/spectrum/.


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Helen A. “Nellie” Drew is an expert in sports law, including professional and amateur sports issues ranging from NCAA compliance and Title IX matters to facility construction, discipline of professional athletes, collective bargaining and franchise issues. Drew formerly served as an officer and in-house counsel to the Buffalo Sabres of the National Hockey League, after previously working as outside counsel to the Sabres and the NHL. Among her more interesting experiences were assisting former USSR superstar Alexander Mogilny in obtaining asylum status in the U.S. and working on multiple NHL expansions, including San Jose, Ottawa, Florida and Tampa Bay.
Drew teaches a variety of courses that incorporate topics such as drug testing in professional sports and professional player contract negotiation and arbitration. She is especially interested in the evolving research and litigation concerning concussions in both amateur and professional sports.

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