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Shaw University’s Jolisa Williams Recipient of NCAA DII Women Leaders National Grant

Jolisa Williams

Raleigh, NC – Jolisa Williams, Sports Information Director at Shaw University, has been selected as a recipient of the 2017 NCAA Division II Women Leaders National Convention grant by Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association Conference (CIAA) Commissioner, Jacqie McWilliams.

As the recipient of the grant, Williams will be attending the 2017 Women Leaders National Convention in Dallas, Texas on Oct. 8-10. The National Convention is the premier conference for women working in intercollegiate athletics, offering unparalleled leadership and professional development, industry training, and networking opportunities.

In just a second season, Williams was named the 2017 John Holley Sports Information Director of the Year. She is entering her third year at Shaw and will serve as a member of the CIAA Management Council. She was appointed to her management council seat after being elected president of the CIAA Sports Information Directors Association (CIAA-SIDA).

A native of Charles City, VA, Williams graduated from Saint Augustine’s in 2012 with a bachelor’s in Sport Management. She earned a master’s also in Sport Management from Virginia State in 2014. Williams is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Education in Athletic Administration from North Central.

Williams is a member of College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) and Black College Sports Information Directors Association (BC-SIDA).

About Women Leaders in College Sports 

Founded in 1979, Women Leaders in College Sports (formerly NACWAA; is the only nationally recognized collegiate professional membership organization whose mission is to enhance and promote opportunities for women in intercollegiate athletics administration and beyond. More than 3,500 members strong, Women Leaders promotes the growth, leadership, and success of women as athletics administrators, conference commissioners, professional staff, coaches, and student-athletes.

About Shaw University

Shaw University, is the first historically black university in the Southern United States. Shaw is a private liberal arts institution affiliated with the Baptist Church and among the oldest HBCUs in the nation. Founded in 1865, our University has a rich history steeped in tradition, activism and service. Shaw University was the first college in North Carolina to offer a four-year medical school; the first institution of higher learning established for freedmen after the Civil War and the first historically Black College in the nation to open its doors to women.

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