Liz Darger: “A Common Humanity: Building bridges of understanding between LGBTQ&SSA and faith communities through the NCAA Common Ground Initiative”
Last March, history was made at BYU. A panel of four LGBT students shared their personal experiences in a first of it's kind, school-sanctioned event to focus on how to reconcile gender identity with faith and how to accept 'our lgbt brothers and sisters.'These frank and open discussions, held as a first-of-its kind official BYU event, were welcomed warmly, with such a large turnout that two sessions were held. Liz Darger was instrumental behind the scenes in creating this historic panel event, in an effort to move towards more inclusivity and awareness at BYU. The Hearth is excited to announce she will be joining us at our June Fireside. LIz currently is part of the BYU athletic staff, serving as the Associate Athletic Director and Senior Woman Administrator.
Liz Darger is the Senior Associate Athletic Director/Senior Woman Administrator (SWA) at Brigham Young University. She is the sport administrator for six athletic teams and the spirit squads. She also oversees human resources, gender equity, student-athlete welfare, and athletic department diversity and inclusion efforts. She is also a campus Deputy Title IX coordinator. In addition, Darger serves on a variety of committees, including the BYU Homecoming committee, BYU Women’s Conference committee, the BYU LGBTQ & SSA Working Group, the West Coast Conference Executive Committee. She is also an active member of Women Leaders in College Sports (formerly known as NACWAA), assisting in the management of their mentoring program.
Darger earned a B.S. in Family Sciences from BYU (2000) and a M.S. in School Counseling Psychology from BYU (2004). Darger joined the BYU athletic staff in 2015 as an Associate Athletic Director and Senior Woman Administrator. Before BYU, Darger worked at Utah Valley University from 2009-2015 as an assistant women’s basketball coach where she twice helped the women’s basketball team earn the highest GPA among all Division I schools.