As a faculty member in Sport Management and UMass Amherst's Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Nefertiti Walker is a compelling speaker and commentator on a range of issues focused around diversity and inclusion in sports and other organizations.
In 2011, Walker accepted a faculty position in the Mark H. McCormack Department of Sport Management at the Isenberg School of Management and was inducted into Stetson's Sport's Hall of Fame. In her first few years at the school, she co-published "Hegemonic Masculinity and the Institutionalized Bias Toward Women in Men’s Collegiate Basketball: What Do Men Think?" with Melanie L. Sartore-Baldwin in the Journal of Sport Management.
This June, Walker participated in a panel discussion with The Female Quotient on how to tackle systemic inequalities and inspire action for social change in sports.
In September, UMass Amherst joined Think Tank Dedicated To Advancing Women In Sports, a global consortium of some of today’s greatest academic minds and industry leaders focused on gender parity and improving diversity. A first of its kind, this group will share data, insights and information to promote more opportunity for women to succeed in sports. Walker is a part of this group.
"I am very excited and honored to join such esteemed scholars, forward-thinking brands, and the innovative Team Wasserman executives, who put in the hard work to bring The Collective Think Tank together."
Comprising 10 university partners, including UMass Amherst, The Collective Think Tank spans the globe. The entity will also work in concert with brand partners such as AT&T, Concacaf, espnW, EVERFI, Nationwide, and Royal Bank of Canada (RBC), who support research around the women’s sports landscape. Wasserman’s representation of over 160 of the world’s most elite women in sports means The Collective Think Tank can also draw upon their seasons of experience, where needed.
Nefertiti Walker Associate Professor of Sport Management and Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Nefertiti Walker's research centers on sports culture and developing diverse and inclusive cultures in sports and other organizations.