The Diversity Fellowship
Providing leadership development opportunities for people of color & women in the professional soccer industry
there is a severe lack of diversity in professional soccer leadership roles
People of color and women are staggeringly underrepresented in the highest-level soccer positions.
21 of 73
head coaches between the mls, usl championship, and usl league 1 are people of color. none of whom are women.
6 of 73
presidents/general managers between the mls, usl championship, and usl league 1 are people of color or women.
of coaches and Presidents in the nwsl are women. Of those 9 teams, only one coach and one President are people of color.
How did we get here?
2 factors have led to this imbalance
Too few clubs are providing access to the inner-workings of a professional sports organization. This could be in the name of competitive edge or protecting secrets, but the walls are real, and especially difficult for people of color and women.
Education is valuable, and expensive. We all know that New Mexico is not an abundantly wealthy state, and the price tag on crucial learning opportunities discourages too many from pursuing their dreams. For example, the total cost for achieving the highest level of coaching licensure in U.S. Soccer costs upwards of $19,500 across 5 levels of license.
in an effort to start changing this narrative, we've launched our diversity fellowship
The New Mexico United Diversity Fellowship is an initiative that will provide access, education and empowerment for people of color and women that aspire to work in professional sports. There will be a coaching track and a front office track.
goals of the fellowship
Increase Diversity In Leadership Roles In Our Sport
We will continue to strive to create more avenues for people of color and women in New Mexico to progress to leadership roles in our game (front office and coaching). This falls directly in line with our mission: To create positive outcomes for every New Mexican.
Provide internal specialized training and external educational opportunities with scholarships to subsidize US Soccer coaching licenses or advanced education programs through the Somos Unidos Foundation.
Upward Mobility and Future Job Opportunities
Through the 6 month pedagogy within our club and completing a US Soccer coaching license or advanced education program, we will help New Mexicans enhance their profile which will create development opportunities within their current job or generate new job opportunities.
Applications will open for submission August - November 2020
December 2020: Candidates will be interviewed and selected for the inaugural year of the program.
February-July 2021: Candidates must complete 6 month New Mexico United specialized training program in either the Coaching Track or Front Office Track.
July 2021: Officially receive a scholarship from Somos Unidos Foundation to subsidize cost for US Soccer coaching license or advanced education programs.
Criteria for Candidates will be detailed when applications open.