Shippensburg University participated in the 2020 NCAA Diversity and Inclusion social media campaign two weeks ago.
Each year the campaign spans three days with each day taking after a different theme. The three themes this year were: “My Story Matters,” “I’ve Got your Back,” and “Together We Rise.”
During the campaign student-athletes take a picture with a sign portraying a different theme of the week. COVID-19 coronavirus protocols were applied during the campaign as students wore a mask and were socially distanced.
Day one, “My Story Matters,” focused on student-athletes’ stories and experiences that represent them as an individual. This allows students to show that they are more than just an athlete and that their stories can make a difference.
Day two of the campaign was labeled “I’ve Got Your Back” and the focus is placed on the power of teamwork in inclusive environments. Students are allowed to prove that they can use teamwork off the field or court as well.
“Together We Rise” was the final day of the campaign and it is used to highlight the importance of togetherness and action in the community when faced with adversity.
SU gathered student-athletes from all different backgrounds to participate in the social media campaign for the first two days.
On the third day of the campaign Ship uploaded a video with members of the Shippensburg University Student Athlete Advisory Committe (SAAC) coming together to show its support for diversity and inclusion.
The video was posted to the SU Athletics FaceBook and Twitter page along with the SU Athletics website.
After the campaign ended student-athletes were encouraged to take these themes and implement them in their everyday lives.
These themes will hold until next year when the campagin will roll out three new themes and attempt to challenge even more student-athletes.