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The Southern California Interclub Association of Figure Skating Clubs is proud to announce the formation of its Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Committee.


Throughout the years, the association has seen the best from many diverse communities and backgrounds.


The SoCal Interclub DEI Committee is composed of six committee members, who have stepped forward to further our efforts to honor, respect, and promote the rich diversity that our figure skating community brings to Southern California.

Starr Andrews is a member of Team USA and based in Los Angeles.
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The DEI Committee is committed to ensuring representation of and support for underrepresented community members based on race, ethnicity, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, and veteran status in the sport of figure skating throughout Southern California and beyond.


Ushering in a new beginning for our sport, the DEI Committee will support programs designed to benefit members of the Interclub Association.  Further, the Committee will encourage implementation of programs that align with DEI values.


Please consider donating to help us to continue to build a vibrant, diverse community in skating.

"Chado" Scholarship

Cathy Machado "Chado" Scholarship

 The SoCal Interclub DEI Committee is thrilled to announce the first ever Cathy Machado           “Chado” Scholarship Contest!   

This scholarship was created to honor Cathy Machado who was the first ever Mexican American to

represent the U.S. at the 1956 Winter Olympics and would pave the way for future skaters of color. 

Cathy grew up, trained and coached in the Los Angeles area; she is fondly remembered by our


 Cathy’s legacy inspires us to strive for our dreams no matter what we perceive as our limitations. 


 We want to learn about your journey and how you embrace DEI in figure skating! 



To learn more, please download our scholarship contest application here. 

NEW Application Deadline:  August 25th, 2023 
*This opportunity is open to all skaters from affiliated member clubs. It consists of a one-time $500 award.  One contest winner will be announced at the 2023 Interclub Series Final- 
September 30-October 1, 2023. 

Inaugural Recipient

Simone Somilleda

FSC of Southern California

This scholarship was created to honor Cathy Machado who was the first ever Mexican American to represent the U.S. at the 1956 Winter Olympics

From all of us proud to serve on the DEI Committee, we thank you for your support during this time of growth, development, and expansion.

We are honored to list the committee members that will represent each and every one of us and advance DEI best practices in the Association.



Elaina Chu

Miriam Gelfand

Kerry Novick

William Tran

Committee Chair- Luis Hernandez 

To contact the Committee, please send an e-mail to

For more information about USFS policy on Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, click here.

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