District 2 Representative to NATA & D2 Ethnic Diversity Committee Chair
Dr. Mercedes Himmons, PhD, LAT, ATC
The NATA District 2 EDAC is dedicated to improving the diversity and inclusion within the athletic training profession in District 2 states (Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey and New York). The District 2 EDAC serves in an advisory role to the District 2 Executive Council, with the goal of identifying, educating and addressing relevant issues that are important to the diverse populations in the district. EDAC advocates sensitivity toward cultural diversity, development of cultural competence within the profession and promotion of athletic trainers as leaders in issues related to cultural competence and professional diversity within the health care professions.
PAY IT FORWARD Membership Grant (Given by District 2)
The ‘Pay it Forward’ grant was initiated to provide membership incentive grants for ethnically diverse young professionals who enter employment in the District 2 service area. This grant is designed to identity a pool of ethnically diverse professionals who, in the future could assume leadership roles and responsibilities in District 2 and the NATA.
EDAC Diversity Enhancement Grant (Given by NATA)
The EDAC Diversity Enhancement Grant was created planning grants to those educational institutions seeking to enhance diversity within the profession. Grants are awarded under one of the following categories:
1. Development of programs intended to recruit, retain, and educate ethnically diverse athletic training students.
2. Disseminate information relating to health care issues and conditions relevant to ethnically diverse populations.
3. Enhance the professional development and stature of ethnically diverse athletic trainers to better serve the profession.
EDAC stands in solidarity with all ethnic and cultural communities against xenophobia, racism, violence, and other form of discrimination and injustices. We have compiled a list of resources that provides education and assists allies with a pathway to provide support to all ethnically diverse communities.