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The Institute for the Study of Sport, Society and Social Change (ISSSSC) is dedicated to “research, analysis and education at the intersection of sport and society.” This sport conversation series will discuss the current state of athletes and the groups and organizations that support them locally and globally. Join ISSSSC Executive Director, Dr. Akilah Carter-Francique, for thoughtful discussion and resources.


Current Event

Equitable Futures for Womxn in Sport

Thursday, March 11, 2021
Noon–1:30 p.m. PST
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This Sport Conversation for Change will serve as a celebration of all things Womxn with Womxn’s History Month and a reflection on International Women’s Day and National Girls and Women in Sports Day.

Womxn’s have and continue to make tremendous contributions in sport as participants, leaders, influencers, decision makers, and as advocates and activists. However, and according to UN Women “In addition to persistent pre-existing social and systemic barriers to women’s participation and leadership, new barriers have emerged with the COVID-19 pandemic.

Across the world women are facing increased domestic violence, unpaid care duties, unemployment and poverty” (United Nations Women, 2020). This conversation will examine these issues at the interface of sport with thought leaders and practitioners in the U.S. and abroad.

Panelists

  • Dawna Callahan–CEO & Founder of All In Sport Consulting
  • Jenny Lim–Program Manager at Canadian Women & Sport
  • Danielle Slaton–Director of External Relations, Santa Clara University

Past Events

College Sport, Gender, and Mental Health and Coping in the Age of COVID-19

Thursday, April 2, 2020
Noon–1 p.m. PST
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View the April 2 Presentation [pdf]

Guest Speakers

  • Dr. Emmett Gill–Past President and CEO for the Alliance of Social Workers in Sport.
  • Dr. I.S. Keino Miller–Director of Mental Health and Follow-up Care at Tulane University.
  • Mel Day–Art Lecturer at San Jose State University, Film-maker, Co-founder of Wall of Song Project.

 


“2021” Olympic Games: Athletes, Competition and Mental Health and Coping in the Age of COVID-19

Thursday, April 9, 2020
Noon–1 p.m. PST
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Guest Speakers

  • Dr. Luke Patrick–Licensed Counseling & Sport Psychologist for Portland Trailblazers.
  • Dr. Jeff Porter–Director of Student-Athlete Alumni Relations at the University of Michigan, USATF Athlete Advisory Committee Member, 2008 Olympian in Track and Field representing USA.
  • Alleyne Francique–Team Track and Field Coach Grenada Olympic Committee, 3-time Olympian, 2-time World Indoor Champion in Track and Field representing Grenada.
  • Wallace Spearmon–USATF Board Member, Athlete Advisory Committee Member, & Assistant Relays Coach – 2-time Olympian in Track and Field representing USA.
  • Kelsey LeFevourParalympian, PhD student in the Department of Recreation, Sport at Tourism at the University of Illinois.

Lift Every Voice: Athletes, Lived Experiences, and Mental Health and Coping in the Age of COVID-19

Thursday, April 16, 2020
Noon–1 p.m. PST

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This week’s conversation is an opportunity for athletes at all levels (K-12 to college to amateur/professional) to share their experiences and ask questions. We also welcome athlete coaches, advisors, family and friends, and members of the athlete support team to share their experiences and challenges to provide support during COVID-19. Mental health and coping models, strategies, culturally competent resources, training and certifications will be shared.

If you would like to share your story or if you have questions of interests email the ISSSSC team at wordstoaction@sjsu.edu by 11:59 p.m. PST, Wednesday, April 15, 2020. See YOU there!

Guest Speakers

  • Dr. I.S. Keino Miller–Director of Mental Health and Follow-up Care at Tulane University
  • William & Lizette Goodloe–DCo-Founders of Behind the Whistle LLC.
    Behind the Whistle LLC is an educational consulting company that provides the tools necessary for developing the whole coach and athlete beyond schematics. We aim to address issues in social justice, mental health and wellness, social work in sports, coaching athletes in Generation Z, positive coaching, culturally relevant coaching, and trauma informed coaching.
  • Haley Eckerman–Assistant Volleyball Coach/Recruiting Coordinator at Tarleton State University.
  • Sage HopkinsHead Coach for the San Jose State University Women’s Swimming and Diving Team.
  • Ervin LewisSr. Associate Athletics Director for Facilities and Operations at the University of North Florida / NCAA Division I Track and Field Committee.

Historically Black Colleges and Universities’ Athletics, Academics, and COVID-19

Thursday, May 7 2020
Noon–1 p.m. PST

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This week’s conversation will examine the state of Historically Black Colleges and Universities’ (HBCUs) athletic programs. Our conversation will focus on the experiences of athletes, coaches, and athletic departments’ daily operations and how HBCUs are continuing to nurture the holistic development, academic engagement and mental health and well-being of its college athletes during COVID-19.

Guest Speakers

  • Dr. Marcus AmosAssistant Professor, Sport Management Department Coordinator, and Faculty Athletic Representative for the NAIA Conference at Voorhees College and the founder of Prevention Education for Athletes.
  • Dr. Kiki Baker Barnes (PhD)Athletics Director at Dillard University / President of the NAIA Athletic Directors Association Board / Interim Commissioner for the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference.
  • Dr. Joseph Cooper (PhD)Dr. J. Keith Motley Endowed Chair of Sport Leadership and Administration and Associate Professor in the Leadership in Education Department in the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Massachusetts  Boston.
  • Dr. J. Kenyatta Cavil (PhD)–Professor of Sport Management and Sport Studies at Texas Southern University.
  • Dr. Courtney Flowers (PhD)Associate Professor of Sport Management at Texas Southern University / Faculty Affiliate for the Institute for the Study of Sport, Society, and Social Change at San Jose State University.
  • Dr. F. Michelle Richardson (PhD)Assistant Professor of Sport Management at Coppin State University in the College of Business.
  • Coach Willie SimmonsHead Football Coach at Florida A&M University.
  • Coach Angela WilliamsHead Women’s Track & Cross Country Coach at Prairie View A&M University.

Teaching in a Virtual Space during COVID-19

Thursday, May 21, 2020
Noon–1 p.m. PST

Register for May 21

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This week’s conversation will address some of the issues, challenges, and best practices for teachers and students to engage in online education in sport. How theory, labs, practicums, and internships for undergraduate and graduate students can be best delivered in the absence of face-to-face and field instruction?

Guest Speakers

  • Dr. Courtney Flowers–Associate Professor at Texas Southern University.
  • Dr. Brian Gearity–Director & Assistant Professor University of Denver.
  • Dr. Jasmine Hamilton–Assistant Professor at Prairie View A&M University.
  • Dr. Eli Wolff–Directs the Power of Sports Lab, Instructor with the Sport Management program at the University of Connecticut, and Co-founder and advisor to the Sport and Society initiative at Brown University.

Classroom and Beyond: Sport Education, Graduate School and Internships

Thursday, June 4, 2020
Noon–1:30 p.m. PST

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What are the next steps for students? Whether you are a current undergraduate, graduate student, or are considering higher education and sport, this Sport Conversation is for you. Faculty, academic advisors, and industry professionals will share their insight on how to apply for and navigate graduate school, identify internships and learn about sport careers, and discuss skill sets that are needed to thrive in a range of sport industry careers.

Guest Speakers

  • Dr. Alvin Logan–Director of Education for the Burke Museum at the University of Washington.
  • Amy August–Ph.D. Candidate in Sociology at the University of Minnesota.
  • Dr. Courtney Flowers–Associate Professor of Sport Management at Texas Southern University.
  • Kelli Monedero–Founding Member & Director of Communications for the Alliance of Social Workers in Sports.
  • Mark Spears–Senior Writer for ESPN.
  • Dr. Shaun Fletcher–Assistant Professor of Public Relations and Sport Communication at San Jose State University.
  • Pharlone Toussaint–Atlanta Program Officer for Laureus Sport for Good Foundation USA
  • Dr. Stephany Coakley–Senior Associate AD for Mental Health, Wellness and Performance in the Department of Athletics at Temple University.

Representation Matters: Race, Equity, and Inclusion in Athletics and Education

Thursday, September 10, 2020
Noon–1:30 p.m. PST

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This Sport Conversation will address issues of Race, Equity, and Inclusion in Athletics and Education. In March 2020, after the public killing of George Floyd and the deaths and culminating aftermath of Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery the significance of Black Lives Matter would be elevated again – this time with the attention of the world. Sport and athletic competition was and remains a subject of debate; simultaneously, the Black athletes performance, lives, and health would take center stage. Scholars, administrators, and consultants will discuss the implications of athletes and sport, and the role of race, equity, and inclusion in organizational composition and program delivery.

Guest Speakers

  • Dr. Deniese DortchVisiting Assistant Professor, The George Washington University.
  • Jamall KinardExecutive Director – Lakeview Neighborhood Alliance and Trainer – Racial Equity Institute, Head Coach & Founder of Conscious Leadership.
  • Dr. Walt Jacobs–Dean of College of Social Sciences, San José State University and ISSSSC Faculty Advisory Board Member.
  • Dr. John Singer–Associate Professor in Sport Management and Associate Dean of Diversity and Inclusion, TAMU and ISSSSC Faculty Affiliate

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA): Reflections on the last 30 years of people with disabilities in sport

Thursday, October 8, 2020
Noon–1:30 p.m. PST

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This Sport Conversation will address the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990. The ADA “prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities in several areas, including employment, transportation, public accommodations, communications and access to state and local government’ programs and services” (U.S. Department of Labor, n.d.). Thirty years later, how has the ADA prohibited discrimination in these areas? How has it prohibited discrimination in sport? Panelists will reflect upon the impact of this act on individuals with disabilities in sport, recreation, and physical activities; share insights on programs, services, and opportunities for participation and leadership; and, provide commentary on the present and future state of sport in society.

Guest Speakers

  • Dr. Mary HumsProfessor, University of Louisville, Department of Health and Sport Sciences.
  • Dr. Oluwaferanmi Okanlami MD, MSAssistant Professor, Family Medicine/Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation/Urology, Michigan Medicine; Interim Director – Services for Students with Disabilities, Director – Adaptive Sports and Fitness University of Michigan; Director – Adaptive Sports, Michigan Center for Human Athletic Medicine and Performance.
  • Stephanie WheelerHead Coach, Women’s Wheelchair Basketball, Co-Coordinator – Disability Ally Program, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Athlete Ally Paralympic Ambassador.
  • Eli WolffDirects the Power of Sports Lab, Instructor with the Sport Management program at the University of Connecticut, and Co-founder and advisor to the Sport and Society initiative at Brown University.

ISSSSC Sport, Society and Social Change Conference Keynote Panel #1

ISSSSC’s December Sport Conversations for Change will share the Keynote Conversation #1 from the inaugural Sport, Society and Social Change Conference “(Re)Imagining Sport in the Age of Covid-19 and Black Lives Matter”. This conversation discussed the state of sport in society. We spoke with a few amazing scholars, professionals, and sport activists that are on the front lines of sport and sport thought. Watch as they shared their perspectives on issues, controversies, experiential realities of athletes and stakeholders in the U.S. and abroad during this past year.

View this month’s conversation on our ISSSSC’s Youtube channel.
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Keynote Panel

  • Shireen AhmedSports Activist, Public Speaker, and Writer – Independent Journalist, Canada.
  • Dr. Amira Rose DavisAssistant Professor of History & African American Studies – Penn State University, USA.
  • Dr. Jamil NorthcuttVice President, Player Engagement – Major League Soccer, USA.

Keynote Moderators

  • Dr. Akilah Carter-FranciqueExecutive Director, Institute for the Study of Sport, Society, and Social Change, San José State University, USA.
  • Dr. Jules BoykoffProfessor & Department Chair, Political Science – Pacific University, USA – ISSSSC Faculty Affiliate.

ISSSSC Sport, Society and Social Change Conference Keynote Panel #2

ISSSSC’s January 2021 Sport Conversations for Change will share the Keynote Conversation #2 from the inaugural Sport, Society and Social Change Conference “(Re)Imagining Sport in the Age of Covid-19 and Black Lives Matter” from fall 2020. This conversation discussed the state of sport in society. We spoke with a few amazing professional leaders of sport and sport organizations. Watch as they shared their perspectives on the aspects that influenced their management decisions during the onset of COVID-19 to and through the Black Lives Matter movement.

Sport, Society and Social Justice Conference Keynote 2:

View December’s Keynote Panel #1 on our ISSSSC’s Youtube channel.
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Keynote Panel

  • Dr. Algerian HartAssociate Dean/Professor of the Graduate College at Missouri State University, USA.
  • Dr. Kevin HyltonProfessor Emeritus of Equality and Diversity in Sport and Education, Chair of the Sheffield Race Equality Commision, Leeds Beckett University Carnegie School of Sport, UK.
  • Dr. Nicole LavoiDirector of the Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sport, Senior Lecturer in the School of Kinesiology at the University of Minnesota, USA.
  • Rachelle PatelDirector of Marketing and Events, Laureus Sport For Good, USA.

Keynote Moderators

  • Dr. Shaun FletcherAssistant Professor of Public Relations and Sport – Communication School of Journalism, San José State University, USA – ISSSSC Academic Advisory Board.

We are Family: Sport, Politics, Culture and the Black Family

Thursday, February 11, 2021
Noon–1:30 p.m. PST
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Over the past year race, racism, and anti-Black racism has been at the fore of national and international conversations, centered Black people and DEI initiatives in the management and operations of businesses and organizations. This Sport Conversation will examine these issues and the experiences of Black athletes, coaches, sport professionals and their families. ISSSSC will celebrate Black History Month 2021 with scholars and leaders to: discuss the significance of Black people in sporting spaces, examine the role Black athletes and coaches have played in political conversations, identify the influence and commodification of Black sport figures in cultural spaces, and explain how these experiences are affecting the representation, identity, and diversity of the Black family.

Panelists

  • Dr. Travis Boyce–Chair & Associate Professor in the Department of African American Studies, San Jose State University
  • Dr. Letisha Engracia Cardoso Brown–Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology, Virginia Tech
  • Dr. Billy Hawkins–Interim Department Chair & Professor in the Department of Health & Human Performance, University of Houston