MT Swim DEI Committee Forming

Montana Swimming is pleased to announce the formation of the Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Disability committee. MT Swimming DEI Chair Susan Huckeby and Montana Swimming Senior Athlete Representative O'Shay Birdinground are asking anyone who is interested in serving to please contact Susan.

We are seeking people who would be interested in serving on this committee as well as on several tasks forces. We are seeking 5-7 people to serve on the committee which must include at least 2 athlete members. We'd like a coach member on the committee. Ideally all the committee members would be registered members of Montana Swimming. This is a working committee so we are seeking people who want to be doers. Additional members are needed to assist on task forces for specific projects.

The committee is seeking to provide educational resources, opportunities, discussion and ideas, training resources and promote a culture of inclusiveness in Montana Swimming for athletes, coaches, officials and volunteers. We believe there is room for growth in the LSC and we want to work together to achieve greater things together. DEI includes ethnic minorities, low income outreach members, LGBTQ and persons with disabilities.

A few of the things we would like to achieve include offering a Montana Swimming DEI camp that could also be paired with an age group camp; providing training resources and equipment to outreach members; providing opportunities for minorities to become coaches and officials; support for the zone, regional, and national diversity select camps; developing funding sources to supplement LSC funding; meet fee waivers; educational resources and speakers for clubs; translation of documents into Spanish for the website; advocacy;  and much more.

If you or someone you know are interested in serving please email Susan. We are seeking athletes and non-athletes to be a part of this exciting new committee. The new DEI committee will overlap with others in the LSC including officials, age group swimming, coaches, athletes, safe sport, and more so we look forward to working with these groups.

Thank you for your support and interest.