Dr. China Jude, the Vice President of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion for the Denver Broncos, was named to the 10th annual Sports Business Journal (SBJ) Game Changers: Women in Sports Business Class of 2020 and the 2019 Women Leaders in College Sports Nell Jackson Administrator of the Year. With more than 23 years of collegiate athletic administration and coaching experience, this NFL position is not unfamiliar territory for Jude. Preceding the VP position, she assumed the role of University of Wyoming’s Senior Associate Athletics Director for Administration/Senior Woman Administrator (SWA). During her three years at Wyoming, she oversaw sports medicine, sports performance and nutrition, strategic planning, gender equity and diversity, inclusion initiatives, and the volleyball and soccer programs.
In the newly created role for the Denver Broncos, Jude works closely with football, business, and community leadership on diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) strategy. She is also directly involved with the human resources and community development departments, focusing on recruitment, hiring processes, overall workplace environment, and external outreach. In addition to leading the organization’s overall DEI strategy and representing the team as an external ambassador on social justice initiatives, Jude guides the team’s internal DEI committee as it hosts regular organization-wide programming.
To further elaborate on her previous experience and accomplishments, at Wyoming Jude created strategies on addressing sexual assault/violence, served as chair of the university-wide Black 14 Commemoration Week, and coordinated the celebration of women who competed prior to Title IX. She also strengthened Wyoming’s diversity and inclusion recruitment and professional development programming, leading to an eight percent increase in ethnic minority and female staffers in under-represented areas. Jude served on the NCAA Division I Women’s Soccer Committee and is the President of the Minority Opportunities Athletics Association (MOAA). She is also the former Chair of the NCAA Minority Opportunities Interest Committee (MOIC) and founder of the Women of Color (WoC) Athletics Director Network. Dr. China Jude is committed to innovating and implementing methods to reduce racial injustice and inequality.