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.
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.
- Dr. Mary Hums–Professor, University of Louisville, Department of Health and Sport Sciences.
- Dr. Oluwaferanmi Okanlami MD, MS–Assistant 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 Wheeler–Head Coach, Women’s Wheelchair Basketball, Co-Coordinator – Disability Ally Program, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Athlete Ally Paralympic Ambassador.
- 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.
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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- 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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- 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 LeFevour–Paralympian, 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 email@example.com by 11:59 p.m. PST, Wednesday, April 15, 2020. See YOU there!
- 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 Hopkins–Head Coach for the San Jose State University Women’s Swimming and Diving Team.
- Ervin Lewis–Sr. 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.
- Dr. Marcus Amos–Assistant 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 Simmons–Head Football Coach at Florida A&M University.
- Coach Angela Williams–Head 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
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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?
- 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.
- 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.
- Dr. Deniese Dortch–Visiting Assistant Professor, The George Washington University.
- Jamall Kinard–Executive 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