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Executive Director

Akilah Carter Francique

Akilah R. Carter-Francique, associate professor African-American Studies at SJSU, serves as the 2018-2019 president of the North American Society for the Sociology of Sport and co-edited Athletic Experience at Historically Black Colleges and Universities: Past, Present, and Persistence and Critical Race Theory: Black Athletic Experiences in the United States.

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Executive Director of Development

Rodney Knox

Rodney Knox has 25 years of experience in integrated marketing communications and brand management, including leadership roles at Nike, Inc., the San Francisco 49ers and the San Diego Chargers. An experienced college lecturer in business and marketing, Knox has a master’s in sports management from the University of San Francisco.


Student Assistant

Taylor Adams-Booker




With its historic commitment to social justice and its unique history as the birthplace of the Olympic Project for Human Rights, SJSU continues to contribute to the national dialogue social issues through the lens of sport. SJSU’s Institute for the Study of Sport, Society and Social Change is dedicated to research, analysis and education focused on the intersection of sport and society. As we develop compelling programming, meaningful research, and impactful curriculum on sport and social issues, we need your support. Join us in sustaining this work by making a gift to the Institute to sustain and expand our work.