Analysis: NHL has place to start with demographic study
Ketra Armstrong, professor of Sport Management and director of the Center for Race and Ethnicity in Sport, is quoted in the Associated Press article “Analysis: NHL has place to start with demographic study.”
The National Hockey League released its first workplace demographic study last week. It reported that 84% of employees across the league and 32 teams were white, and 62% are men. The report also noted several actionable items it could take to continue increasing a diverse workforce.
Armstrong agreed with former players, and others, who called the NHL’s work on increasing diversity “largely performative.” However, she said the league’s commitment to these seven areas — leadership, education, employment, marketing, partnerships, participation and community engagement — can create real change.
“All of these things will tell a comprehensive message that this league is sincere and authentic in their efforts to become more diverse and more culturally inclusive,” Armstrong said. “And it takes a lot of those kinds of things.”
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