SHAPE America Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) Roundtable

SHAPE America envisions a nation where all children are prepared to lead healthy, physically active lives. We believe that to best serve children, we must work to improve the educational experiences and outcomes for students that have historically been underserved and underrepresented in the field of health and physical education.

To advance this vision of equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI), SHAPE America will host a virtual roundtable discussion in April 2021.

The EDI Roundtable will seek to address the lack of diversity in the field of health and physical education both through representation in SHAPE America, as well as the pipeline of future professionals entering health and physical education teacher preparation programs.

We invite applicants with experience in fostering equity and diversity to apply to serve on the EDI Roundtable Advisory Team to help us plan and facilitate an impactful session!

Studies have shown that women and people of color are less likely to apply for jobs or leadership positions unless they meet every one of the qualifications listed. We are most interested in finding the best candidates for the EDI Roundtable Advisory Team, and encourage you to contact SHAPE America to discuss your application further, if you are unsure whether you meet the qualifications.

EDI Roundtable Advisory Team Purpose

  • Create a common vision for EDI in the health and physical education field;
  • Apply an equity lens, which is the lens in which you view conditions and circumstances to asses who experiences benefits and who experiences burdens as the result of a program, policy, or practice, to the field of health and physical education;
  • Articulate priorities for the roundtable event (including goals, objectives, and outcomes); and
  • Provide input and feedback to the roundtable design and approach, and the outputs from the roundtable session.

We are seeking applicants with diverse experiences and perspectives (e.g., race/ethnicity, geography, institution/organization, role, tenure in the field, etc.) to drive the direction of this work.

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Applications must be sent by December 11, 2020.

Timeline for Advisory Team

  • Deadline to submit application is December 11, 2020.
  • Notification of selected Advisory Team members by December 18, 2020.
  • First planning meeting for EDI Roundtable will be held early January 2021.
  • Virtual EDI Roundtable scheduled for April 2021.

EDI Committee

SHAPE America seeks to serve and represent all teachers in the health and physical education field, as well as the diverse population of students they teach. This EDI committee will explore SHAPE America’s process of recruiting members and volunteer leaders, providing professional development opportunities, and developing programs and materials through an equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) lens.

The committee will research, discuss and apply best practices in EDI and draw from advice of experts in the field (including those outside of the actual committee) to recommend changes to SHAPE America’s processes and practices.

What does the EDI committee do?

  • Review nominations and recruitment process for SHAPE America Board and volunteer leadership positions and make specific recommendations to the Board of Directors on how to best incorporate EDI.
  • Review SHAPE America awards process and make specific recommendations to the Board of Directors on how to best incorporate EDI.
  • Create an EDI rubric for councils, task forces, and staff to use when producing new programs, tools, or resources to ensure an EDI lens is applied prior to publishing.
  • Identify EDI member recruitment strategies and member benefits that will appeal to a diverse population of educators, as well as educators serving a diverse population of students.
  • Commit to continuously pausing to reflect and consider the impact of recommendations previously made by the committee and whether revisiting them makes sense.
  • Commit to working to create a community where all members (paid and unpaid) feel included and welcomed.


EDI Committee Members

John Strong (Chair)
Associate Professor, Niagara County Community College, Niagra, NY

Brian Culp
Department Chair, Health Promotion and Physical Education, Kennesaw State University, GA

Rose Haggerty
Executive Director, Texas Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance

Teasha Jackson
Assistant Professor, Towson University, MD
Tara Blackshear
Assistant Professor, Physical Education, Towson University, MD

Jonathan Jones
Teacher, Whitehall Elementary School, MD

Jessica Peconi-Cook
Executive Director, SHAPE Pennsylvania

LaDonda Porter
Teacher, Beaumont Middle School, KY

Lisa Smith
Physical Education & DAPE Teacher, Proctor Public Schools, MN

Amanda Stanec
Founder, Move Live Learn, LLC, MO

Kennedra Tucker
Instructional Leader, Department of Defense Education Activity


SHAPE America Board/Staff Liaisons

Amy Heuer (Board liaison)
Teacher, St. Mary’s Academy, Bismarck, ND

Mario Reyna (Board liaison)
Coordinator for Health and Physical Education, McAllen Independent School District, McAllen, TX

Stephanie Morris (Staff liaison)
CEO, SHAPE America

Carly Wright (Staff liaison)
Vice President, Advocacy and Equity, Diversity and Inclusion