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The Institute for the Study of Sport, Society and Social Change welcomes you to the inaugural Sport, Society and Social Change Conference. This two day event is designed to continue the legacy of equity and social justice by addressing the issues and challenges in sport. We invite students, faculty, professionals and the community to attend, share their voice, and hear from experts, practitioners and rising scholars that are working to continue to challenge the boundaries of sport and activism.

November 12 – 13, 2020
9 a.m. – 2 p.m. PST (Noon – 5 p.m. EST)

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The theme of our inaugural event is “Dream With Your Eyes Open: (Re)Imagining Sport in the age of COVID-19 and Black Lives Matter.” The event program will include keynote addresses, informative panels, presentations, and community conversations to illuminate the experiences, identify the on-going challenges, and acknowledge the efforts of people, groups, and organizations to promote social change.

Join the conversation using the hashtag #sjsuwordstoaction2020

Call for Student Papers: Pre-Recorded Lightning Talks

Lightning Talks are timed talks which are no more than 5 minutes long. For this conference, we ask that you prerecord your talk so that it can be included for consideration for the student presentation award. In your talk, you should describe a specific finding, technique, project, and/or data or share particularly important information, in a manner similar to the examples provided. We will be featuring lightning talks during the conference symposia and welcome submissions on topics pertaining to sport and social justice.

Your presentation can focus on empirical research, a literature review, a research project proposal, or even on work you’ve done in the community to advocate for social justice. We welcome presentations on research at any stage of development—from project planning to finished work ready for submission!

Submit Your Application to Present

Please do so by Friday, October 30, 2020, to be considered for inclusion in the conference and the Student Presentation Contest.

Here are an example presentation and template so you can build your own.

Available Prizes

Prizes will be awarded at the graduate and undergraduate levels:

1st prize: $150

2nd prize: $100

3rd prize: $50

All participants will receive a certificate of participation.