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.


LSC Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Chair Proposed Legislation

Below is information regarding the upcoming DEI legislation that will be brought before the House of Delegates at this year's convention in September.

If you have any questions, please reach out to Jane Grosser at Jane.grosser@usaswimming or to Lamar DeCasseres at lamar.decasseres@metroswimming.org.

DEI Legislation


Western Zone Diversity and Inclusion Camp

The 2021 Western Zone DEI Virtual Camp and Summit is now scheduled for August 14, 2021. Come join the conversation on barriers in the sport of swimming and how teams, LSC's and the Western Zone can bring those barriers down! There will be dual sessions on stroke technique from USA Swimming's High Performance Consultant, Russell Mark, and facilitated conversations on the swim experience from the perspective of various social identity groups by TruClusion.This event is open to anyone interested in making a difference in the sport of swimming.

Purpose:
To provide a space for conversation among the many social identity group of USA Swimming in which perspectives can be shared and plans to be more inclusive can be created by athletes and non-athletes alike.

Goals:
To empower athletes from ethnically underrepresented populations, those economically disadvantaged, and LGBTQ+ and their coaches to:

  1. Demonstrate the viability of inclusiveness in swimming within their local LSC.
  2. Achieve performance excellence at every level of the sport.
  3. Expound the benefits and value of participating in the sport of swimming.
  4. Be positive leaders and role models that others from socioeconomic backgrounds can emulate.
  5. To connect, network, and promote the virtues of the sport of swimming through a comprehensive strategy involving the athletes, coaches, and LSC Diversity Chairs in their own local LSC’s and throughout the Western Zone.

Format:
Due to the uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2021 WZ DEI Select Camp will be hosted in an online format via Zoom.

Number of Attendees:
8 participants from each LSC: 4 athletes, 1 DEI Chair, 1 Athlete Representative, and 2 additional persons who may be a coach, an official, a DEI Committee member, or other volunteers. If an LSC wishes to fund the attendance of additional members, all will be accepted.

Athlete Participant Age: 13-16 years of age at the time of the summit.

LSC Athlete Representative Age: 13 -18 years of age at the time of the summit.
(LSC Athlete Representatives are those athletes that serve on the LSC Board of Directors, LSC Athlete Committee, or other LSC Committee.


Summit Schedule: The summit will be two sessions with two segments in each session. Each session will include a stroke technique segment presented by USA Swimming’s National Team High Performance Consultant, Russell Mark, and an interactive segment during which individuals will be able to discuss the challenges of increasing inclusion and to brainstorm plans to help teams, LSC’s and the Zone as a whole increase inclusion in swimming.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: To be considered to represent the LSC at this event, one must submit their application to their respective LSC NO LATER THAN JULY 2, 2021.

To apply, please go here for the form.
Note: Those that applied before the summit date change, do not need to apply again. Your application will automatically be considered.

Questions, email  Verónica Hernández, vhernandez@pacswim.org



DEI COVID-19 Relief Grant

The purpose of the DEI COVID-19 Relief Grant is to provide needed assistance to teams within Pacific Swimming who have experienced barriers to receiving adequate funding through other sources, including through the previous rounds of the Pacific Swimming COVID-19 Grants. Specifically, it is intended that this grant will serve teams with large Outreach registered membership, large DEI membership and/or teams experiencing greater obstacles in their return-to-swim process.

Submission Instructions

  • Please type or write clearly on the form.
  • Include one additional page, if needed to include any additional information. 
  • Limit the entire grant application submittal to 4 total pages.
  • Please answer all of the questions.


Please submit your application and questions to: Pacific Swimming DEI Committee Chair, Kent Yoshiwara at:  kyoshiwara@pacswim.org

The application deadline is January 3, 2021.

DEI COVID-19 Relief Grant Application


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 register for each meet through their coach/club. If you have additional questions, please contact Annie Stein



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