PAC Solidarity Statement

In this time of reunification and rebuilding our club, PAC would like to welcome all of our members. Whether you are newcomers or oldtimers, have been swimming through the pandemic or took a break, live in one of Portland's four quadrants or one of its many suburbs, we are thrilled to have you as part of our community.

As we move forward from these trying times of uncertainty, our community of parents, coaches, and swimmers are unwavering in being at the forefront of bridging the racial and income disparities in this sport. As we strive to build and sustain an inclusive environment that embraces and values diversity, we pledge to foster fairness, equity, inclusion, and belonging of every race, color, national origin, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability, and family income level.

 

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Links

Our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Committee is led by swimmers and coaches, to increase awareness and encourage diversity, equity, and inclusion throughout our swim club. In conjunction with USA Swimming, the committee is initially focused on DEI education for PAC athletes, coaches, and parents to create a safe and inclusive community. Below is a link to our DEI Guidelines which help define the club's DEI philosophy. A link to age-appropriate DEI resources will be posted shortly.   

Portland Aquatic Club's DEI Guidelines, October 2020

 

Diversity Camps

As part of a push of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion program through USA swimming, different camp opportunities are being offered for athletes that come with diverse backgrounds. The USA swimming site has links and explanations to these camps and the PAC DEI group would be happy to help any athlete interested in applying to these incredible experiences.

Note: Currently with Covid-19, these camps have not been updated or recently offered. Our committee is currently reaching out to Oregon swimming and USA swimming and advocating for the return of these camps and for this information to be updated to reflect the current opportunities. We will keep you posted!

 

USA Swimming

Our governing body of USA Swimming has committed to improving our organization by cultivating and fostering diversity, equity, and inclusion. Our goals as an organization are explained on their DEI page that is linked on the above title, along with various articles, resources, and videos. Super amazing to know that we all can have a place in this sport and it makes us all better – and that is coming from the top! ;)

 

DEI resources page

Compiled by USA Swimming, some educational material and codes of conduct are provided as well as some helpful links. Also, a link to submit NEWS TIPS is on this page - know that USA Swimming wants to hear our stories and our participation is key in helping to shape the future of our organization as we create a welcoming environment for all walks of life.

 

Oregon swimming DEI page

Simple explanation of Oregon Swimming’s goals for DEI with links to the above USA swimming site links.

 

PAC – DEI committee

Please contact us with any questions, comments, or concerns. We always welcome new members to this committee and are eager for all voices that are excited about DEI to join. We are committed to identify and lead in reducing barriers, to create opportunities for inclusion, and to increase fairness in the sport and in our club. We want to hear from you. 

 

OSI - DEI committee

The Oregon swimming DEI chair and USA Swimming DEI committee are also available to contact if there are any concerns.

[email protected]

 

USA Swimming - DEI committee