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UW's Espinoza Named To USRowing, IRCA Diversity Committees

Sep 10, 2020

USRowing Press Release | IRCA Website

Sergio Espinoza, who is headed into his fifth year as a member of the UW men's rowing coaching staff, has been named to USRowing's new Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee.
 
Espinoza, who is the Huskies' recruiting coordinator, is one of 17 men and women named to the newly created committee. Additionally, Espinoza is a member of the Equity and Inclusion Committee for the Intercollegiate Rowing Coaches Association (IRCA), which was formed this summer.
 
In addition to his work at Washington, he's also served as a coach for the United States Under 23 National Team. In 2018, he coached the U.S. men's coxed four to a gold medal at the World Rowing Under 23 Championships.
 
According to a USRowing press release, "In creating this standing committee, USRowing's aim is to build an inclusive culture, which benefits from the differences among its constituents. These differences include, but are not limited to, race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, age, geographic location, religion, language, veteran status, and physical and cognitive abilities."
 
"I am very grateful to be a part of this committee, and I am motivated to use this as a platform for change," Espinoza explained. "Bringing diversity, in its many forms, to the greater rowing world has been a personal mission of mine since my early days in the sport. In my eyes, rowing can only innovate and grow as we nurture a space that works for everyone."
 
"This is an incredible group of community leaders, matched only by the strength of the over 70 nominees that came forward to be a part of this process," Meghan O'Leary, Chair of the USRowing Board of Directors' Nominating Committee, said in the press release. "The USRowing DEI Committee's work will be some of the organization's most important as we look to grow and improve the sport and to build a stronger, more inclusive community. We have a long way to go to get there, but I'm excited about the potential of this group and what can be accomplished."
 
Meanwhile, Espinoza similarly explains that the goal for the IRCA's panel is to explore and create avenues to make rowing an inclusive environment for all who would like to be involved.