Mitchell Named to ACC Committee for Racial and Social Justice

Mitchell Named to ACC Committee for Racial and Social Justice

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Mitchell Named to ACC Committee for Racial and Social Justice


GREENSBORO, N.C. ( – Marvin Mitchell, University of Louisville Senior Associate Athletic Director for Student Services and Diversity, has been named to the Atlantic Coast Conference's newly-formed Committee for Racial and Social Justice.

ACC Commissioner John Swofford announced the formation of the committee on Tuesday. Operating under the moniker of "CORE" – Champions of Racial Equity – the committee's vision is to lead in college athletics by promoting and instilling racial and social justice, and equity for all.

CORE is chaired by ACC Senior Associate Commissioner Mary McElroy and consists of numerous members of the conference office staff, who will work with campus representatives and Student-Athlete Advisory Committee members from each of the ACC's institutions. The committee was formed in June and held its first meeting with the campus representatives and SAAC members Tuesday.

"The ACC Committee for Racial and Social Justice will work both internally at the league office, and externally with our 15 member institutions, to develop and implement action items to combat racism and social injustice within our society," Swofford said. "Our committee will also work collectively with our ACC SAAC and staff from each of our schools to educate, empower and encourage our student-athletes to be a voice of change. The ACC remains committed to upholding the values of equality, diversity and non-discrimination."

CORE's mission statement is "to promote and encourage racial equity and social justice through education, partnerships, engagement and advocacy." The ACC is committed to seeing all people as equals and treating each other with respect and dignity at all times, recognizing that our differences don't divide us, but they make us stronger.  

"I am excited to serve as the chair for this important committee as we work to create important dialogue and change," McElroy said. "This is a critical step as we develop initiatives to bring people together and eradicate hate and racism. I am very grateful to the Commissioner and senior staff for their leadership and support, but most grateful to the ACC staff members who have volunteered to serve on the committee and work to translate our words into meaningful actions. CORE already has had insightful meetings and shared exciting ideas for the path forward. We want this to be a collaborative enterprise, where we can share resources and ideas within our conference office and with our league members in order to create meaningful initiatives to unite our community and make a difference. We will engage our league's student-athletes by way of SAAC as well as our campus representatives to CORE."

Among CORE's central values and goals:? 
•    Create meaningful, lasting change by improving systems, organizational structures, policies, practices and attitudes  
•    Have representation at all levels that is reflective of the make-up of the student-athlete population 
•    Inclusion and empowerment of diverse individuals  
•    Accountability for hiring practices  
•    Integrity  
•    Fairness 

Each of the ACC's 15 institutions has designated campus representatives to CORE, providing a conduit for information and initiatives between the Conference office and campuses. Among the roles of the campus representatives:
•    CORE will support and amplify the work that the Campus Representatives facilitate/provide information for on their campuses 
•    Advance Conference initiatives endorsed by CORE and approved by Athletics Directors and Presidents
•    Liaison with Institutional SAAC and other student groups on campus as appropriate
•    Exchange best practices, establish benchmarks, etc. 

Consisting of 20 members from the ACC office, CORE held its first meeting on June 16 and is meeting weekly, while subcommittees also have been created and meet weekly to address both internal and external initiatives. As part of the first full meeting, the committee requested that the ACC office consider observing Juneteenth as an official office holiday, which was approved by Swofford. 

McElroy is joined on the committee by ACC staff members Kelvin Anthony, Andrew Bacon, Kevin Best, Shamaree Brown, Maggie Boulton, Matt Burgemeister, Lee Butler, Ashley Champigny, Andy Fledderjohann, Bri Funte, TC Gammons, Kelsey Harris, Marra Hvozdovic, Donald Moore, Brandon Neff, Samantha Pujol, Jessica Rippey, Eric SanInocencio and Justin Wilson.

ACC Campus Representatives to CORE




Martina Ballen

North Carolina

Senior Associate Athletic Director, Human Resources & Chief Financial Officer

Boo Corrigan

NC State

Director of Athletics

Bubba Cunningham

North Carolina

Director of Athletics

Stephanie Ellison Johnson               


Senior Associate Athletic Director & Senior Woman Administrator

Shoshanna Engel

Georgia Tech

Senior Associate Athletic Director    for Compliance

Jocelyn Fisher Gates

Boston College

Senior Associate Athletic Director & Senior Woman Administrator

Reyna Gilbert-Lowry

Virginia Tech

Senior Associate Athletic Director, Student-Athlete Development/SWA

Ashton Henderson

Florida State

Assistant Athletic Director, Student-Athlete Development & Leadership

Dwight Hollier

North Carolina

Senior Associate Athletic Director, Student-Athlete Health, Well-Being & Program Outreach

Shirelle Jackson


Senior Associate Athletic Director for Student-Athlete Development

Fumi Kimura


Associate Athletic Director for Administration

Jordy Kirr


Special Assistant to the Director of Athletics

Cricket Lane

North Carolina

Associate Athletic Director/Student-Athlete Development

Jenna McLaughlin

NC State

Associate Athletic Director/Chief of Staff

Marvin Mitchell


Senior Associate Athletic Director/Student Services & Diversity

Taren Moore


Executive Director of Human Resources

Patricia Moran

Virginia Tech

Senior Associate Athletic Director, Business and Finance

Renae Myles Payne


Senior Associate AD for Administration

Robbi Pickeral Evans

North Carolina

Associate Athletic Director, Strategic Communications/Special Assistant to the AD

Rick Steinbacher

North Carolina

Senior Associate Athletic Director, Capital Projects and Facilities

Angie Torain

Notre Dame

Senior Associate Athletic Director for Culture, Diversity and Engagement

Barbara Walker

Wake Forest

Deputy Athletic Director & SWA

Ashley Wechter

Wake Forest

Assistant Athletic Director for Student-Athlete Development

Ted White


Deputy Athletic Director

Brittney Whiteside


Executive Associate Athletic Director/SWA

Salatha Willis


Associate Athletic Director for Diversity, Culture and Climate

About the ACC 
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