Summit League officials announced the development of a Diversity and Inclusion Task Force on Tuesday. South Dakota State’s Kiki Stokes will serve on the task force, joining representatives from all nine member schools. The mission of the group will be to discuss and set forth initiatives that promote and advance diversity and inclusion on each of their campuses and local communities, with an emphasis on raising awareness of social injustice and racial and gender inequality.
These emphases will also include improving education on these topics for all campus stakeholders while increasing access, improving representation and advancing support for underrepresented minorities.
“I am very grateful to be able to represent SDSU and bring to the table the different ideas and ways we can act as a league and an institution,” Stokes said. “I hope to see all of us come together and realize that when we all stand for common goals and ideas, positive change will happen.”
“Kiki has established herself as an impressive leader and advocate for diversity and inclusion within SDSU’s campus, the Brookings community and across the nation,” Senior Associate Athletic Director and Senior Women’s Administrator Kathy Heylens said. “We are proud to have her represent South Dakota State University on this task force and know her unique perspective, and passion for positive change, will be an asset to the league.”
Brandon Martin, Kansas City’s Director of Athletics, will chair the task force. The group is scheduled to meet bi-monthly with goals of developing initiatives that can be enacted uniquely and specifically to each campus.