The SCAPPS executive committee shares the deep concerns about racism and discrimination in Canada, the United States, and globally, and we wish to express our strongest possible condemnation of anti-Black and anti-Indigenous racism and discrimination. We recognize the impact of these events and the experiences of pain, anger, anxiety, and fear among members of racialized communities. We also recognize the systematic racism that exists in society at large, within academia, and within our own academic society.
At this time, we would like to acknowledge the members of SCAPPS who have taken steps to address these issues through their research, advocacy, and mentorship. For example, the SCAPPS 2019 conference featured a symposium on sport and exercise psychology research with Indigenous communities, which was supported by the Equity and Inclusion Office of the University of British Columbia. Several SCAPPS members conduct research focused on issues of diversity and equity, including discrimination within sport and physical activity settings, access to physical activity and sport opportunities, and the experiences of athletes of diverse, intersecting backgrounds and identities, including race, ethnicity, gender, socioeconomic status, physical abilities, sexual orientation, and religion. Many SCAPPS members also mentor and support members of visible minorities, women, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, and persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities. SCAPPS supports an inclusive community and recognizes that increasing the diversity of its members is imperative to support this objective.
However, we know this work is not enough to address the problems of systemic racism and discrimination that exists in academia and within our society. We recognize the lack of diversity and representation among SCAPPS members and trainees, and the lack of diversity in the research conducted within the areas of sport and exercise psychology and motor control/motor development.
We are actively taking steps to begin to address these issues. We are engaging in conversations with SCAPPS members, as well as members of other academic societies, to develop initiatives to combat racism and discrimination and the lack of diversity and representation within our society. We invite SCAPPS members and trainees to contact us to contribute to these conversations, and we will announce additional opportunities for SCAPPS members and trainees to share their experiences and contribute to these discussions and actions in the coming months. If any SCAPPS members or trainees have comments or questions, please contact Katherine Tamminen (SCAPPS President-elect) or any of the members of the executive committee.