Deion Sanders held a meeting with his new support staff at the University of Colorado and wanted to get an idea from all departments on how to improve the culture of the soccer program.

Sanders made one of his main objectives clear during the discussion.

A member of the school’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion leadership team attended the roundtable and mentioned the goal of their program.

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The University of Colorado holds an introductory press conference to announce the hiring of Deion Sanders as the school’s new head football coach in Boulder, Colorado on December 4, 2022.
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She told the coach that her job is to «create an atmosphere where student-athletes and staff of all ethnicities feel comfortable.»

Before she could finish, Sanders replied, «Creating an atmosphere where black people feel good, just say that,» to which the woman agreed.

Deion Sanders holds up a jersey before speaking after being introduced as the new University of Colorado football head coach during a press conference in Boulder, Colorado on December 4, 2022.

Deion Sanders holds up a jersey before speaking after being introduced as the new University of Colorado football head coach during a press conference in Boulder, Colorado on December 4, 2022.
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Sanders said he could help in that department because he’s black, but he also said the atmosphere he wants to build with the Buffaloes should extend well beyond that demographic.

«We should create an atmosphere where everyone feels good. Not just blacks, Asians, Hispanics, everyone feels good. Let’s have something for everyone,» he said.

«Our initiatives should better support the recruitment, retention, and academic and professional development of students and employees with minority identities: people with disabilities, people who identify as LGBTQ+, people who identify as women, people from marginalized racial and ethnic groups and first generation people. scholars», the the school website says.

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Sanders accepted the Colorado job in December, drawing much praise and criticism.

While previously managing Jackson State as head coach, he went 27-6, including a 24-1 mark in his two full seasons.

The Buffaloes finished their 2022 campaign 1-8 in the Pac-12 and were busted by utah in their final game, 63-21.

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