Contributed By:

Jessica Kittams

Diversity and Hiring in Collegiate Sports

OPB | May 20, 2013 12:45 p.m. | Updated: Sept. 11, 2013 12:50 a.m.

In 2009, a diversity in college sports bill was passed in Oregon. It required state schools to interview at least one minority candidate when searching for coaches and athletic directors. However, no penalties exist under the current law, and the bill’s supporters claim non-compliant schools are simply ignoring the law.

The bill was intended to promote fair hiring practices in college athletics at Oregon schools. But since the bill was enacted in 2010, supporters of the bill have found fault with many of the hiring processes conducted by the schools.

We’ll talk to Sam Sachs, a racial justice activist who worked with legislators to write the bill.

Do you have experience playing or coaching college sports? Do you think this bill promotes diversity?

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