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wcr-group.pngIn the 40+ years after the passage of Title IX, female sport participation is at an all-time high but the percentage of women coaching women at the collegiate level has declined from 90+% in 1974 to a near all-time low today of 40%. In addition, though the number of collegiate coaching opportunities is also at a record high, only 20% of all college coaching positions for women's or men's teams are filled by women. To help stop the decline of and increase the percentage of women in the coaching profession, and to increase awareness and start a national dialogue on this issue, the Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sport commemorates its 20th anniversary in collaboration with the Alliance of Women Coaches by launching a cutting edge research series and report card aimed at increasing the number of women in the coaching profession. Learn more about the historic decline in the percentage of women coaches, why this research and women coaches matter, how minority status in the workplace can affect individuals, and see which of 76 select "big time" NCAA Division-I institutions, sports and conferences receive passing and failing grades based on the percentage of head women coaches of women's teams.

wcr-brennan-usat.jpgDr. Nicole M. LaVoi, teaching faculty in the School of Kinesiology and associate director of the Tucker Center, is quoted extensively in an exclusive USAToday article by columnist Christine Brennan, "Colleges doing poorly at hiring women coaches." The piece highlights two reports and an infographic authored by LaVoi on the decline in women coaches in collegiate athletics. The reports and infographic are available at the Tucker Center website.

Related story: Tucker Center kicks off women in coaching research initiative with two reports and infographic

Dr. Nicole M. LaVoiDr. Mary Jo KaneDrs. Mary Jo Kane and Nicole M. LaVoi, School of Kinesiology, and director and associate director, respectively, of the Tucker Center, are featured in a Star Tribune article, Rosenblum: 'Here's Proof' female athletes also can deliver high TV ratings. Highlighting the TC's new video, Media Coverage and Female Athletes and the #HERESPROOF Project where people are encouraged to post #heresproof-tagged images and comments about women's sports, the article highlights the TC's research on the disconnect between the great interest in and attendance at women's sports and the dearth of media coverage.

mcfa-dvd-cover-150.pngForty percent of all athletes are women, but only 4% are represented in the media—and too often how they look is more important than their skills. This Sunday, December 1, at 7:00pm CST, the Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sport in partnership with tptMN - The Minnesota Channel, will air "Media Coverage and Female Athletes," an hour-long video program that explores these issue through interviews with scholars, the media, coaches at collegiate, Olympic and professional levels; and the female athletes themselves. Tune in to coverage via the Tucker Center's Web site, and watch the trailer here ...


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Related story: An Inside look at "Media Coverage and Female Athletes" with Nicole LaVoi and Female Athletes"

McConnellS-2009.jpgScott McConnell, professor of educational psychology and the Center for Early Education and Development's director of community engagement, and Ann Bettenburg, student services director for Moundsview schools, traveled to Ulaanbaatar Mongolia November 4-8 to better understand the current policy, practices, and infrastructure that support services for young children with disabilities throughout the country.

Working with the Mongolia Open Society Forum and Soros Open Society Foundations, McConnell and Bettenburg will be using information gained during this visit to prepare for and coordinate a study tour for policymakers, program directors, and advocates in Minnesota early in 2014.

L1120932.JPGAs part of College of Education and Human Development and School of Kinesiology strategic globalization alliance planning, a five-member delegation from Shanghai Jiao Tong University recently visited the School of Kinesiology.

Jiao Tong University is known as one of the most prestigious universities in China. Jiao Tong University was visited by President Kaler this past summer when he toured three cities in China. The world-class university has approximately 40,000 students enrolled including a medical, engineering, and law school. The delegation was led by their Kinesiology department Chairwoman Dr. Lijuan Mao and past chairman Dr. Qilin Sun, both very influential leaders in China in kinesiology, curriculum and athletics.

The visit was highlighted by a meeting with College of Education and Human Development Dean Jean Quam, in which a University of Minnesota and Shanghai Jiao Tong University Student Exchange Program Agreement was executed. Both Jiao Tong University and the University of Minnesota will facilitate the exchange of undergraduate, graduate and visiting scholars along with promoting collaboration between the two universities in research and academics.

Dr. Nancy "Rusty" Barcelo Scholarship recipeintsCongratulations Department of Family Social Science graduate students Veronica Deenanath and Phoua Xiong, as well as undergrad Fanny Jimbo-Llapa (who is also a 2013 McNair Scholar) for being among the recipients of the Dr. Nancy "Rusty" Barceló Scholarship for 2013-14.

The scholarship assists female students with financial need in completing their education at the University, with a special focus on women of color, new immigrants, and first generation college students.

Veronica, Phoua, and Fanny will be presented with the awards at the Celebrating University Women Awards Program on September 27.

whittaker.jpgNate Whittaker, an academic adviser in TRiO Student Support Services, has won the 2013 University of MN Award for Global Engagement.

Since 2010, Whittaker has led a global seminar to South Africa, where students learn about social justice firsthand by participating in a retreat and service learning at two South African non-governmental organizations (NGOs).

Whittaker has consistently recruited a diverse pool of applicants to his global seminar, with 40% representing both low-income and first-generation populations. He has identified opportunities for students returning from the program to receive support through International Student Support and Services, and coordinated fundraising projects for the two South African NGOs.

He has worked with colleagues across campus to increase recruitment of low-income and students of color to study abroad, and helped develop the Learning Abroad Center's Bridging Loan program, which assists low-income students with upfront study abroad costs such as confirmation fees and airline tickets.

Whittaker earned his M.Ed. in Youth Development Leadership in CEHD, and has been an academic adviser since 2006. Earlier this year, Whittaker also won the University's Josie R. Johnson Human Rights and Social Justice Award.

See a recent profile of Whittaker and his accomplishments.

1aevent.jpgThe 20th annual Dream Ceremony on July 19 honored 27 high school graduates in the TRiO Upward Bound program who are going to college this fall supported by Minnesota I Have a Dream Scholarships.

Also honored were 14 new grads of the U and five other Minnesota colleges who fulfilled the dream of becoming the first in their families to finish college. Dozens of Upward Bound students still in high school and Dream Scholars still in college also attended to be part of the milestone celebration. The event included student performances (see photo).

The Minnesota Dream Scholarship program was founded by Karen Sternal and her late husband, Bill Lahr, in collaboration with the U of M TRiO programs. TRiO is a federally supported initiative whose U of M presence is located in CEHD. More than 450 Dream scholarships have been awarded since 1991.

Read more in "Legacy of a dream," a feature in CEHD Connect magazine, and on the TRiO website.

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