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The Athletics Diversity Council Graduate Assistant program, one of several initiatives created by the Athletics Diversity Council, was implemented to increase the diversity of job candidates in athletics administration. Each year this program selects two participants from a national pool of applicants to pursue their graduate degree while devoting 30 hours per week for four semesters working in the Athletics Department.
How the Program Works
Interested candidates are enrolled in one of the University's master's programs. Most participants have chosen the Adult & Higher Education, Intercollegiate Athletics Administration Master's degree program. Candidates are selected based on their undergraduate experience, extracurricular activities, prior job experience and their commitment to diversifying the field of athletic administration both in values and practice.
The program has been designed to create an opportunity to rotate through various areas of the athletic department. First-year participants complete rotations depending on their athletic interests and department availability, with a maximum of four areas.
Year two participants select one area of focus from the previous year for the duration of the program. During the participant's second year of the program, an administrative role is taken as program coordinators. These responsibilities include, but are not limited to, planning and implementing initiatives to continually improve the growth and purpose of the ADC Graduate Assistantship program.
The University of Oklahoma is a Division I institution and is a member of the Big 12 Conference. There are approximately 550 student-athletes in 23 intercollegiate athletic programs. The mission of the Oklahoma Athletics Department is to inspire champions today and prepare leaders for tomorrow by providing an excellent environment to enable student-athletes to achieve their highest academic, athletic and personal aspirations.