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A Message From Our CEO About Equality
To our Family of Students and Members:
At ISSA, diversity, inclusion, equity, and individuality are central to our core values. We are committed to the work it takes for equality for everyone.
And when we say everyone - we mean it.
Someone at ISSA looks like you, lives like you, and loves like you. We support everyone in our family, our LGBTQ family, our people of color, and our global family - everywhere you live.
That's why we are part of the voices speaking out against systemic racism. We support and are allies of our students and employees of color and of the black community at large.
We are committed to identifying, co-creating, and implementing real, actionable solutions to dismantle and eradicate racism.
Here are some examples of the steps we are taking at ISSA:
- Convening ongoing virtual gatherings to have authentic discussions about race, equity, diversity, individualism, etc.
- Developing diversity and anti-racism education and standards for fitness professionals
- Donation and donation-matching programs to support organizations promoting racial justice and equality for everyone
- Representing the diversity of our students in our instructional materials and in advertising
- Prioritizing and evaluating our hiring, recruiting, career progression practices, diversity initiatives and advocacy effort with a focus on mitigating bias and expanding diversity
While this is our start, it speaks to the immediacy of action needed to address a long history of oppressive systems and behaviors that have been barriers and obstacles to true equality.
We appreciate that there are times during the year that certain groups of people are purposefully celebrated. While today, June 30 may be the last day of Pride Month, here at ISSA, Pride is celebrated daily. Black lives are celebrated daily. You and your success are celebrated daily.
To Our Health and Unity,
A Message From Our CEO About COVID-19
To our ISSA friends and family:
We know this is an unsettling time, and we want you to know that we are with you and we are here for you.
Now is the time for all of us to come together. The world needs educated health and fitness professionals now more than ever. This COVID-19 crisis will pass in time and the world will need more strength, more flexibility, and more wellness.
While gyms may be temporarily closed, we are not. Our education advisors and student service teams are here and ready to help you with your studies.
Once gyms reopen, they’ll be filled with people looking to get back in shape after missing their normal fitness routines. That’s why we’re improving our job guarantee to give you even more confidence in your career as a personal trainer. We guarantee that you will find a job within 6 months of passing your exam, or your entire program is FREE. Once you pass your exam, if you can’t find a job on your own, we will place you in one or fully refund your course. Read more about our job guarantee here.
Finally, this is a difficult time for everyone, and we don’t want finances to hold you back. If you have trouble making your monthly payment, we understand. Call us and we’ll help you make this investment in yourself work in your budget. To speak to one of our student financial experts, please call: (800) 892-4772.
On behalf of the entire ISSA family, I want to thank you for putting your trust in us and allowing us to be a part of your professional journey. We’re committed to working through these challenging circumstances with you together.
To your health,
International Sports Sciences Association