USOPC Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Department:

The goal of diversity, equity and inclusion at the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee is twofold: to improve performance and to ensure long-term support for Team USA by harnessing the synergy of diverse talents to create a high-performing team. The USOPC is invested in providing access and opportunity for communities of color, the LGBTQ community, people with disabilities and those of all genders and gender identities.

The USOPC has taken definitive steps to diversify its workforce, and the entire U.S. Olympic and Paralympic family, to better reflect the athletes we serve. This is essential for Team USA to remain successful on the world stage. By welcoming individuals from every background and creating equal opportunities for historically underrepresented groups, the USOPC will continue to build a diverse team of strong role models to inspire future generations of Olympians and Paralympians.

Since its inception, the diversity, equity & inclusion department has created initiatives and programs to insure the full participation of all Americans. Examples of the department’s work include:

  • Developed award-winning D&I Scorecards and Benchmarks Program.
  • Created the D&I Choice Award and USOPC Advancing D&I Award.
  • Hosted the annual FLAME program, an eight-day workshop designed for undergraduate and graduate students of color who aspire to work in the sport industry.
  • Initiated the Diversity Champions program for National Governing Body and High Performance Management Organization participation.
  • In partnership with other major sports organizations, founded and coordinated the Diversity and Inclusion in Sport Consortium. DISC is the only organization of its kind in the United States comprised of every large sports organization in the U.S.
  • In partnership with DISC members, founded and facilitated the annual Sports Diversity & Inclusion Symposium. SDIS is the annual event for DISC members to discuss diversity and inclusion in sport.
  • Developed three community resource groups: Emerging Leaders in Sport, Women’sNET and the LGBTQ & Friends.
  • Created the USOPC D&I Council.
  • Provided quarterly diversity trainings to USOPC, NBGs and HPMOs.