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RMU to Host Girls & Women in Sport Symposium Feb. 4

Friday, January 23, 2015

Pittsburgh, Jan. 23, 2015 – The School of Education and Social Sciences at Robert Morris University is hosting the Girls & Women in Sport Symposium on Wednesday, Feb. 4, to celebrate National Girls and Women in Sports Day. The symposium will take place from 8 a.m. to noon on the third floor of the Sewall Center at Robert Morris University in Moon Township. 

Although girls' sports participation rates are at an all-time high, boys have 26 percent more opportunities to participate in youth sports than girls, and a host of other inequities shape girls' access to sport and their experiences within athletic and physical activity programs. The Girls & Women in Sport Symposium aims to promote positive youth development and lifetime wellness through sport and examine the barriers that girls and women in sport encounter. The symposium will feature scholarly, applied, and community-based work that addresses a range of contemporary issues related to girls and women in sport and physical activity, including leadership, self-esteem and identity development, gender equity, Title IX, gender-based discrimination, and LGBT inclusion.

Giving the keynote address will be Dana Voelker, an assistant professor of sport and exercise psychology at West Virginia University and a certified sport psychology consultant. She is a former competitive ice dancer and hockey player, and her research includes leadership development as well as body image and eating disorders among athletes.

Voelker’s talk, “What Would You Do If You Were Not Afraid?: Exercising Strong Leadership as Girls and Women in Sport” will start at 8:30 a.m. in the International Suite. The symposium is free and open to the public, but seating for breakfast at 8 a.m. and the keynote address is limited, so please RSVP to Renee Augostine at A complete schedule of events can be found here.

The Girls & Women in Sport Symposium is organized by Lauren Rauscher, assistant professor of sociology, and Samantha Monda, assistant professor of psychology.