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 next Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee Meeting will be held on Tuesday, July 23rd, 8:00 - 10:00 pm via conference call.

Call- In # 1-866-305-2467
Participant Code: 606844
Go To Meeting: 319-043-725
 

This Pacific Swimming Diversity, Equity and Inclusion TASK FORCE Meeting is open to all interested in the discussion of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Pacific Swimming. We want all seek to gather info as well as those who have info to give.  This is our safe forum to discuss all diversity and inclusion issues.

Call- In # 1-866-305-2467
Participant Code: 606844
Go To Meeting: 319-043-725


If interested in participating or you have any questions, please email Kent Yoshiwara.


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 September 1, 2018 - December 31, 2019.

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 will be held on Saturday, November 9, 2019, from 9 am - 3 pm at Tamalpais High School in Mill Valley, CA. This summit will be geared towards parents, coaches and club leaders. Speakers will be 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 the Spring Grant 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

Fall Grant Application
Due 10/15/19


Western Zones Diversity and Inclusion Camp

The 2018 Western Zone Diversity and Inclusion Camp, was held in San Diego, CA, June 14-17, 2018. This was the 3rd Diversity and Inclusion Select Camp and Summit.

Congratulations to Pacific Swimming athletes selected for the Diversity & Inclusion Select Camp -  Rea Smith (CROW), Malcolm Mackey (ONDA), Kylie Juan (PEAK) and August Garcia (SCSC). Click here for the entire camp roster from throughout the Western Zones.

The Zone Diversity Select Camps are viewed as an integral step for athletes to move from the local and zone level onto the national scene. Athletes participated in a three-day camp program, which included pool training, motivational, education sessions and team-building activities.

Celebrate the opportunities of/for diversity in Western Zone Swimming through inspiration of athletes, coaches, and volunteers. Create local ambassadors and leaders to grow our sport. The goals are to empower athletes and their coaches to:

  • Demonstrate the viability of multicultural success in swimming within their local LSC
  • Achieve performance excellence throughout the sport
  • Develop positive leaders and role models
  • Connect, network, and promote the virtues of the sport of swimming through a comprehensive strategy involving the athletes, coaches, and the LSC Diversity Chairs in their own local LSCs and throughout the Western Zone.

 

     



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