By Heather Anerino
The top official for diversity at the National Collegiate Athletic Association and an Ohio University alumna will deliver the keynote address for the College of Education?s McCracken Education Lecture Series.
Charlotte Westerhaus, vice president of diversity and inclusion at the NCAA, will present "Finders Keepers, Losers Weepers: The Dichotomy of Diversity Lost and Found" at 1:15 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 30, in McCracken Hall, room 214. The lecture is open to the public and admission is free.
Westerhaus earned her bachelor?s degree from E.W. Scripps School of Journalism in 1976 and her master?s degree from Ohio University?s College of Education in 1986. The quarterly lecture series is aimed at presenting speakers from all fields of education who either hold a degree from the College of Education or who advocate for education.
As vice president of diversity and inclusion, Westerhaus reports to NCAA President Myles Brand and leads the Diversity and Inclusion Office. She works with the national office staff and NCAA member institutions to develop and implement strategies and policies that promote diversity and inclusion in intercollegiate athletics, specifically in coaching, athletics administration and officiating.
Westerhaus earned a law degree from Indiana University in 1991. While attending law school, she was the first African-American woman to be admitted to the Indiana Law Journal, for which she later served as assistant editor.
Before taking the position at the NCAA, Westerhaus was the assistant to the president and director of equal opportunity and diversity at the University of Iowa. In that capacity, she served on the university?s Strategic Planning Committee, the Diversity Committee and the Dispute Resolution Committee. She also worked with the Intercollegiate Athletics Department to create a code of conduct for University of Iowa student-athletes.