Thursday, June 3, 2010


The Midwest Conference hosted their first ever "Diversity Summit" on June 1-2nd in Delavan, WI. Among the attendees were Lake Forest College Head Football Coach Jim Catanzaro, Head Men's Basketball Coach Chris Conger, Head Women's Basketball Coach Tam Tills, Athletic Director Jackie Slaats, and Associate Athletic Direct Portia Lowe.

The summit was coordinated by Assistant to the Director of the Midwest Conference Nnenna Akotaobi. Presentators included representatives of the different institutions, as well as Cecil Underwood (Director of the Office of Intercultural Relations at Beloit College), Dr. Eddie Moore Jr. (CEO of America and Moore, as well as the Director of Diversity at The Bush School in Seattle, WA)Eddie's Web Page, and Preacher Moss a lecturer and comedian who is currently on a "End of Racism Comedy/lecture Tour." Preacher Moss' Website

When asked about the summit, Coach Catanzaro responded,"This was a tremendous experience for all of our coaches, and one that is bound to help our insitutions from the ground up. We were forced to interact with difficult topices in a clean and upfront manner. Both Preacher and Eddie were great about not sugar coating things, and encouragining us to do the same. There is a problem in our society and our athletes are just as involved in the solution as we need to be as coaches."