Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

The primary objective of Pacific's Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Program is to increase multicultural, ethnic, and socioeconomic diversity and to foster an inclusive environment at all levels of the sport of competitive swimming. The Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee develops and administers programs which are aimed at encouraging existing clubs and related organizations to expand opportunities to provide a competitive swimming experience to those individuals currently lacking such opportunities.


The DEI Committee usually meets the last Thursday of each month via  Zoom. If you are interested in participating on the committee call, or you have any questions, please email Kent Yoshiwara.


National Diversity Select Camp


The athlete application for the 2020 National Diversity Select Camp is now open!

Each spring, USA Swimming invites 48 athletes from underrepresented populations to participate in a three-day camp program which includes pool training, motivational and education sessions and team-building activities. Selection is based on times swum at USA Swimming sanctioned events.

Purpose:

Instill a vision of success and inspire athletes from ethnically under-represented populations to become leaders in the sport of swimming.


Goals:

  • To empower athletes from ethnically under-represented populations and their coaches to:
  • Demonstrate the viability of multicultural success in swimming. 
  • Achieve performance excellence at every level of the sport. 
  • Expound the benefits and value of participating in the sport of swimming. 
  • Assist in recruiting more swimmers and coaches from diverse ethnicities to the sport of swimming. 
  • Be positive leaders and role models that others from multicultural backgrounds can emulate.



Site:

U.S. Olympic Training Center (OTC), Colorado Springs, CO


Dates:

May 7-10, 2020. Athletes will arrive on Thursday and depart on Sunday morning.


Number of Athletes:

48 athletes (24 boys & 24 girls)


Application Deadline:

The athlete application is available here. The deadline to apply is February 7, 2020.


Age:

14 – 16 years of age. Age is as of the first day of camp May 7, 2020.


Eligibility:

Any USA Swimming registered athlete member who is eligible to represent the USA in international competition: a U.S. citizen who has NOT represented another country in international competition, in the case of dual citizens (your sport nation must be the United States), meets the qualification time standards, has not previously attended a USA Swimming Diversity Select Camp and represents an ethnically underrepresented population that is less than 10% of the current USA Swimming membership. These populations can include: African American, Hispanic, Asian or Pacific Islander, Native American, and others. As an added component, six athletes of each gender will be chosen from Outreach membership applicants. A swimmer cannot attend a Zone Select Camp and the Diversity Select Camp in the same year.  


Qualification Standards:

Athletes must have achieved at least one Diversity Select Camp time standard as shown here to apply for selection. These times are AAAA National Motivational Times for 13-14 year olds. Times must have been achieved in a USA Swimming sanctioned or approved meet (able to be proven in the SWIMS database).


Application:

The athlete application is available here. The deadline to apply is February 7, 2020.

Please note: Application must be filled out by the athlete.  The athlete must have a USA Swimming website account and username that is linked to the athlete's USA Swimming record. The athlete will not be able to access the application until logged into his/her account.


Selection Criteria:

From the applications, the athlete with the fastest time in each of the 13 Olympic events will automatically be selected. Only LCM times will be considered. Additionally, three athletes of each sex will be selected based on IMX scores, three athletes of each sex will be selected based on outstanding performance in one or more events, and five athletes of each sex will be chosen based on Outreach membership status.


Camp Schedule:

The 3-day camp program will include a combination of pool training, motivational and education sessions, and team building activities.


Cost:

Each athlete selected for the camp will be provided free room and board at the Olympic Training Center, ground transportation in Colorado Springs and full airfare to Colorado Springs.


Personal Coaches:

As with the National Select Camp program, the personal coaches of the athletes selected will be invited to attend the camp and will be provided an educational tract similar to that offered to the athletes. Personal coaches will be provided room and board at the OTC, ground transportation from/to the Colorado Springs airport, and a $200 reimbursement to offset airfare expense.


Questions:

Morgan Weinberg, Manager of Education & Programs, mweinberg@usaswimming.org



Outreach Registration

Pacific Swimming participates in the USA Swimming Outreach Program and offers registration at the USA Swimming registration fee of $5.00 with no additional fees to Pacific Swimming. Valid June 1, 2020 - December 31, 2021.

Click here for the current Outreach Athlete Registration Form



Meet Entry Fee Assistance Program (MEFAP)

Pacific Swimming has introduced a new Meet Entry Fee Assistance Program (MEFAP) to help swimmers cover the costs of entering swim meets. The swimmer would pay for the splash fee associated with each meet and Pacific Swimming will cover the individual swims’ entry fees. To be eligible, swimmers must be a registered outreach swimmer OR have a family-proven hardship, verified by a coach. Swimmers may use the attached form to register for each meet. This form also includes answers to some common questions. If your question is not answered by this form, please contact Annie Stein



Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Camp

The 2019 Pacific Swimming Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Camp will be held on Saturday, November 9th, at Tamalpais High School in Mill Valley, CA. The camp works with swimmers 11-16 years of age, and includes in-water stroke work, team building and leadership development activities, plus more. Speakers will be Vern Glenn (KPIX-CBS) and Coach Tony Batis (PASA).

The goal of this camp is to create a culture of inclusion and opportunity to spread the mentality that elite level swimming can happen in any pool, by anyone, from any background.

This camp will include:

  • Guest Speakers
  • 3 Swim Sessions
  • Team Building Activities
  • Leadership Development
  • Dryland Exercises
  • USA Swimming give-aways for everyone


And more…

The camp will be held at:

Tamalpais High School
700 Miller Avenue
Mill Valley, CA 94941

Applications are due Saturday, November 2, 2019. We will be accepting a maximum of 60 athletes to the camp. First come, first serve with priority given to first time attendees if we reach our maximum of 60.

Cost of Camp: $15.00 per swimmer (Checks Payable to Pacific Swimming)

Questions? Email Camp Director Verónica Hernández, vhernandez@pacswim.org



Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Summit

The 2019 Diversity Summit was held on Saturday, November 9, 2019, from 9 am - 3 pm at Tamalpais High School in Mill Valley, CA. This summit was geared towards parents, coaches and club leaders. Speakers were Vern Glenn (KPIX-CBS) and Coach Tony Batis (PASA).



Diversity Grant Program

The purpose of the Diversity & Inclusion Grant is to increase multicultural, ethnic, and socioeconomic diversity and to foster an inclusive environment at all levels of the sport of competitive swimming. Twice a year, Pacific Swimming clubs are encouraged to submit an application for a Pacific Swimming Diversity Grant. Available funding for each grant period is dependent on the approved annual budget. The Fall Grant application period has just closed. Check back for dates on the Spring Grant.

Clubs and organizations requesting support from Pacific Swimming submit a written Program Plan which includes the purpose, plan description, test metrics, schedule, budget, funding requested from Pacific Swimming, and manpower expectations. The Committee then evaluates the requests based on the following criteria:

 

  • Fulfillment of the USA Swimming Outreach program mission, which is to provide opportunities in swimming to the underrepresented and economically disadvantaged youth in the United States)
  • Fulfillment of the Pacific Swimming mission, which is to encourage participation and the pursuit of excellence in swimming
  • Benefit to the athletes
  • Innovation
  • Likelihood of success
  • Other sources of funding                                                                    

 

The Fall 2019 Grant application period has now closed. Please check back for future Grant application dates.

Note: Scholarships for swimmers with financial needs will not be considered this session as we are developing an Individual Scholarship program. All other grant requests will be considered. Questions? Contact Kent Yoshiwara        

Previous Grant Recipients



Fred Siegrist Scholarship

The Fred Siegrist Scholarship is designed to give economically disadvataged youth the opportunity to participate in Pacific all-star meets and camps for which they qualify which would normally require a co-pay from the athlete's family.



USA Swimming Diversity and Inclusion

For more information, please visit USA Swimming's Diversity and Inclusion page

USA Swimming Diversity and Inclusion Resource Page

Recommended Practices for Gender Diverse Minor Athletes