GCAC Commissioner Dr. Kiki Baker Barnes joins star-studded lineup for Title IX panel during Final Four weekend

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Barnes joins Cari Champion, Candace Parker, Tyrann Mathieu and Master P to reflect on impact of landmark legislation

NEW ORLEANS – GCAC Commissioner Dr. Kiki Baker Barnes will take part as a panelist on Saturday, April 2 for The Arena at the Final Four, a one-hour live show taking place at the Orpheum Theater in New Orleans discussing the impact of Title IX as the landmark piece of legislation celebrates its 50th anniversary this year.

Airing at 1 p.m. CT on TBS, Barnes joins the panel along with host Cari Champion, Candace Parker, Tyrann Mathieu and Master P, following the debut screening of “Title IX: 37 Words That Changed America”, a documentary produced by Parker and Scout Productions in association with Baby Hair Productions.

The panel explores the impact of Title IX on sports and society, with a spotlight of the New Orleans community coming together to support Louisiana’s Hicks High School Lady Pirates and create opportunities through sports for the next generation.

On Monday, Barnes became the first Black woman to be named the commissioner of the GCAC, the third overall in the history of the league, and the first black woman to lead a conference in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA).

In 2019, the GCAC Council of Presidents appointed Barnes to serve as interim commissioner of GCAC—a position she has since held while simultaneously serving as athletic director at Dillard. During her stint as interim commissioner, Barnes has overseen the return of championships in a host of sports, while growing the conference through new members. This summer, the league will stand at eight teams, expanding back into Alabama with the addition of Oakwood University, into Texas for the first time with Wiley College and the return of athletics to Southern University at New Orleans. Barnes will officially assume the permanent commissioner role following her transition from Dillard University at the end of the academic year.

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