Social Justice

In All, Fairness

Throughout his career, Brand was a vocal advocate for diversity and inclusion. As early as his time as Provost at The Ohio State, he was speaking about the importance of supporting minority students and combating the injustices in our society.

During his tenure at the NCAA, Brand was committed to developing NCAA initiatives to address social justice issues regarding race, gender, class, sexuality, and disability. He sought to restructure the hierarchies of power that prevented true equity within athletics and to expand the opportunities for education and sport participation for underrepresented and minority students.

Brand defended Title IX when it was under attack by President George W. Bush. He vehemently argued against the “dumb jock” myth that pervaded perceptions of African American athletes. And he often spoke out against the low numbers of women and people of color in administrative and coaching positions. In his words, diversity hiring and affirmative action were not only morally right but also the smartest course of action.

In August 2005, Brand created the NCAA’s Office for Diversity and Inclusion, hiring African American scholar Charlotte Westerhaus to serve as Vice President of the office. Together, they developed and implemented programs such as the Diversity Education Program, the Football Coaches Academy, and the Leadership Institute for Ethnic Minority Males and Females.

In 2005, the NCAA Executive Committee took another unprecedented step in the world of sports by refusing to conduct championships at institutions with offensive mascots. As an organization, the NCAA had no official authority to ban such mascots, but their stance was a clear condemnation of racial caricatures. In Brand’s words, “This is not about an effort to be politically correct. It is about doing the right thing.”

Over the years, Brand repeatedly spoke on issues of social justice in sports, doing his part to change our culture for the better. Brand himself admitted that solving these injustice problems was one of the most persistent and frustrating challenges of his tenure: one that still, to this day, reveals an unfortunate resistance to true equity.

Social Justice

“Statement by NCAA President Myles Brand and Rutgers University President Richard L. McCormick Regarding Comments by MSNBC’s Don Imus,” Rutgers Website

April 6, 2007

“AGB Statement on Board Responsibilities for Intercollegiate Athletics”

November 16, 2007

Mondays with Myles: Episode 85 – Athletics in Perspective

December 24, 2007

“The True Nature of Cheating,” Football and Philosophy: Going Deep, pp. 90-100, by Marshall Swain and Myles Brand

January 1, 2008

“Leadership and Challenges: The Roles of Intercollegiate Athletics in the University,” NCAA State of the Association delivered at 2008 NCAA Convention

January 12, 2008

Mondays with Myles: Episode 93 – VP Diversity & Inclusion

February 25, 2008

2008 Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association Keynote Address

February 26, 2008