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Tribe to Participate in Diversity and Inclusion Workshop
Updated: Friday 01/25/2013 (ET)
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Tribe Athletes and Staff to Participate in Diversity and Inclusion Workshop

The William and Mary Athletics Staff and student-athlete population will have a unique opportunity to share in discussions with one of the nation's renown advocates of inclusion when Hudson Taylor comes to campus on Monday and Tuesday, January 27-28, to speak to the Tribe community.

Taylor, currently the varsity wrestling coach at Columbia University, was a former three-time All-America wrestler who graduated from the University of Maryland in 2010.

Committed to civil rights and social justice, Hudson wore a Human Rights campaign sticker on his wrestling headgear in college to show solidarity-as a heterosexual athlete ally-with the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community. This single act drew media attention around the country and prompted thousands of inspiring, personal messages.

With this encouragement, Hudson became committed to speaking louder as an advocate. He founded the non-profit organization Athlete Ally as a resource to encourage athletes, coaches, parents, fans and other members of the community to respect all individuals involved in sports, regardless of their perceived or actual sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.

Taylor will address the campus community at large on Monday evening, then hold a session for the William and Mary Athletics coaches and staffers on Tuesday morning, before finishing his stay in Williamsburg with an additionally session exclusively for Tribe student-athletes on Tuesday evening.

Any media interested in attending a session, or conducting interviews with Taylor are encouraged to contact Pete Clawson in the Tribe's athletics media relations department (757.221.3369 /

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