Hampton University hosted what appears to be the first conference
focused specifically on improving diversity in aquatics.
Held April 11 on the campus in Hampton, Va., the intent of the
conference was “to develop and evaluate best practices in
training minority aquatic professionals and getting minorities in
swim classes,” according to organizers.
The keynote speaker was Shaun Anderson. Anderson is USA Swimming
consultant on minority swimming initiatives and faculty member and
co-founder of Diversity in Aquatics, a non-profit organization that
promotes minority youth swimming initiatives.
“It is the first of its kind to combine academic researchers
with practitioners to come up with solutions for diversifying
aquatics,” said Jodi Jensen, Hampton University assistant
professor and director of aquatics. “Our goal is to create
research based solutions.”
Looking ahead, she anticipates that the conference will become an annual event.