The symposium brought together key, institutional partners from across the conference in an effort to discuss ways in which NEWMAC member institutions, individually and collectively, might best support the NCAA Division III philosophy that “a student-athlete’s athletics activities are conducted as an integral part of the student-athlete’s overall educational experience.”
15 members from the Springfield College campus community attended the symposium including representatives from admissions, advancement services, athletics, marketing and communications, and student affairs.
“The NEWMAC is proud to sponsor this Integration Symposium and bring together our varied constituents to engage in conversation about the valued role that intercollegiate athletics plays on our campuses and in the lives of our student-athletes,” said NEWMAC President and Wellesley College Director of Athletics, Bridget Belgiovine. “Many thanks to the planning committee, led by Lori Hendricks, Director of Athletics at Mount Holyoke College, for their efforts to create a diverse agenda for all participants.”
The symposium program, which featured a series of panel discussions, was developed to engage diverse campus constituents in productive conversations and to share best practices with the goal of enhancing the overall experience for all NEWMAC student-athletes.