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Pioneers Athletics creates, fills new community relations position

DU has created a new position in the Pioneers Athletics program devoted to developing diversity awareness and social-justice education initiatives. Anthony Daniels was hired as the associate athletic director for diversity and community relations.

Daniels was the assistant athletic director at the University of Kansas (KU) where he managed the department’s special events as well as the multicultural and diversity training for Jayhawks Athletics. He also served two years at Colorado State University as an assistant athletic director for Black Student Services and four years in KU’s Multicultural Affairs Office.

“We are very excited to have Anthony join the division’s senior staff,” says Peg Bradley-Doppes, vice chancellor for athletics and recreation. “He is a former student-athlete, a proven leader in multicultural diversity education and training and has extensive recruitment and retention experience of underrepresented populations at the collegiate level.”

Bradley-Doppes notes that the new position is critical for the continued growth and success of Pioneers Athletics and its commitment to diversity and community outreach.

Daniels will develop, promote and deliver diversity awareness and social-justice educational initiatives related to race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, harassment and religion. He will also develop educational programs to create awareness of student-athletes’ experiences in and out of the classroom. All of Daniels’ efforts will be geared to promoting a positive, welcoming and empowering climate for diversity within the division of athletics and recreation.

Daniels also will manage programs and initiatives that encourage and support African-American, Latino, Asian and American Indian student-athletes’ contributions to athletics as well as academic and multicultural excellence.

“I am ecstatic about this opportunity,” says Daniels. “I see DU as a national leader in this area and I don’t think you’ll find many associate athletic directors in the country who are solely dedicated to diversity and community outreach.”

In 1990, Daniels earned a BS in recreation administration from Texas State, where he was a three-year letter winner as a track and field athlete. In 1993, he received an MS in recreation administration and tourism from Southern Illinois University.

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