Cultivating and Fostering


We are committed to growing and celebrating diversity, increasing fairness throughout our organization, and intentionally creating environments where differences are embraced and everyone feels welcome, respected, supported, and valued to fully participate.


All the ways in which we as individuals are and can be different.


Leveraging the ways we are different to create a respectful and welcoming environment for everyone.


Acknowledging that the ways we are different will require varying and unique solutions and resources to fit the needs of each member.


USA Swimming is committed to a culture of inclusion and opportunity.  We strive to create equity by providing resources specific to the needs of our members. In the context of swimming, diversity is the invitation to our sport, inclusion is making sure our sport is welcoming, and equity is ensuring all members have what they need to be successful.


Diversity, equity, and inclusion is critical to achieving the mission of USA Swimming and is an important and necessary step to achieving our four end goals, the “Ends:"


  1. Achievement of sustained competitive success at the Olympic Games
  2. Members have resources to sustain successful athletes, coaches, and clubs
  3. Support public engagement for growth in swimming participation and interest
  4. USA Swimming recognized as Best in Class

As the National Governing Body of the sport of swimming, we are steadfast in our commitment to identify and lead in reducing barriers, to create and creating opportunities for inclusion, and to increase fairness throughout our sport. We strive to have the demographics of our country be reflected in our membership.

Commitment to Disability

USA Swimming encourages people with disabilities to participate in the sport of swimming and facilitates their inclusion in USA Swimming programs through education and collaboration.


We seek to involve people with disabilities in existing competitions and programs for all swimmers, rather than provide unique disability-only opportunities.

Leland Brown


Leland Brown

Program Director, DEI



Hilary Perez


Hilary Perez

Manager, DEI



DEI Engagement


We identify and engage with underserved communities. We provide a pathway for our diverse athletes and coaches to achieve at their highest level.  

Partnerships & Collaborations

We partner with organizations that share our goals and values and engage with sponsors to help meet and satisfy the needs of our members.

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If you have any additional questions, comments or concerns, please reach out to a member of the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion staff for assistance.
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