What is Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion?

 

Diversity: The variety of personal experiences that forms ones values and worldviews that arise from differences of culture and circumstance. Such differences include race, color, religion, national origin, disability, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or veteran status.

 

Equity: The guarantee of fair treatment, access, opportunity, and advancement for all people, while at the same time striving to identify and eliminate barriers that have prevented the full participation of marginalized groups.

 

Inclusion: The act of creating environments in which any individual or group can feel welcomed, respected, supported, and valued. An inclusive climate embraces differences and offers respect in words and actions so that all people can fully participate and actively contribute.

 



Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council

 



As part of U.S. Soccer Federation's commitment to create an inclusive environment and foster a culture of acceptance and respect within the organization and sport, U.S. Soccer formed a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Council in July 2020.

 

The DEI council, which consists of full-time employees from various departments across the organization, meets biweekly to direct the Federation’s DEI efforts. The council is focused on building an environment in which DEI practices become so ingrained in our culture that through our actions we foster and enable this vision to instinctively spread throughout the soccer ecosystem. The DEI Council’s charter includes:

  • Guiding U.S. Soccer in establishing and implementing a DEI plan

  • Providing ongoing oversight and knowledge to DEI efforts

  • Holding the organization accountable by ensuring policies, practices and programs promote DEI as a core attribute in U.S. Soccer’s culture

U.S. Soccer Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council:

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Nataly De La Cruz
Nataly De La Cruz
Senior Manager, Employee Experience
Pablo Garcia
Pablo Garcia
Director, Special Projects & Planning
Patrick Gabrysiak
Patrick Gabrysiak
Manager, Youth National Teams
Ilyanna Gutiérrez
Ilyanna Gutiérrez
Manager, Media & Broadcast Operations
Leah Holt
Leah Holt
Legal Counsel
Nicole Idowu
Nicole Idowu
Director, Referee Operations
Alex Ross
Alex Ross
Manager, Events (Interim Manager, HR)
Helen Syreggelas
Helen Syreggelas
Office of the CEO/Secretary General
Karla Thompson
Karla Thompson
Coach Educator

Advisory Committee (Composed of senior leaders at U.S. Soccer)

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Kay Bradley
Kay Bradley
Director, Brand and Fan Experience
Neil Buethe
Neil Buethe
Chief Communications Officer
Greg Fike
Greg Fike
Senior Legal Counsel
Pinky Raina
Pinky Raina
Chief Financial Officer
Earnie Stewart
Earnie Stewart
Sporting Director