Sport, Society, & Social Change Conference Hosted by: the Institute for the study of sport, society and social change at San José State University | San JOsé, CAlifornia | October 21st & 22nd, 2021

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"It is Time": Voices of Athlete Activism

2nd Annual Sport, Society & Social Change Conference | VIRTUAL

It Is Time: From Protest to Policies, Programs, and Progress - A Paper Summarizing the Challenges and Options faced by Athlete Activists was written by Dr. Harry Edwards in 2018 as a response, as education, and as a call to action for athletes to prepare to shift the conversation. It was a call for leaders and organizations that a shift in their mindset and response to athletes and social conditions is necessary to promote social change in sport and society. In this second annual "virtual" conference, ISSSSC will discuss the social activist work of Dr. Edwards through an examination of a pivotal year of social movements, social change, and the sporting voices of athletes. This year’s virtual conference will host keynote panels, change agent organizations, sharing of athlete activist experiences, and educational teachings with ISSSSC’s Words to Action workshops. Moreover we invite our allies, supporters, and novice to sports justice to develop their understanding, and grow in their ability and leadership to promote change. Register today for this two-day event October 21 & 22, 2021 at the following link:

Day 1 | Thursday, October 21, 2021

Thursday, October 21, 2021
  • Note: Pacific Standard Time (PST) Zone

9:00am | Day 1 Welcome

9:30am | Keynote Conversation: Voices of Athlete Activism

Moderator: Dr. Akilah Carter-Francique - Executive Director for ISSSSC, San José State University (https://www.sjsu.edu)

11:00am | Change Agent Organizations

Moderator: Dr. Amy August - San José State University (https://www.sjsu.edu)

12:00pm | Words to Action workshops (See 3-workshop options below)

2:00pm | Day 1 Ends

Words to Action Virtual Workshops | Session Options

Option #1 | Becoming: Athlete Activists | This workshop provides insight on present-day athlete activism, offering attendees an opportunity to learn how to leverage their platform to promote social change and support athletes desiring to use their platform to amplify social injustices. | Participant Certification Eligible* | Facilitators: Dr. Joseph N. Cooper - University of Massachusetts at Boston, Dr. Yannick Kluch - Virginia Commonwealth University, Dr. Gyasmine George-Williams - University of LaVerne

Option #2 | The Business of Name, Image, & Likeness | This workshop provides insight on the legislative aspects of Name, Image, and Likeness (NIL), discussions on the institutional challenges, and best practice efforts to support administrators, athletes, and families. | Participant Certification Eligible* | Facilitators: Dr. Cole Armstrong - San José State University, Dr. Courtney L. Flowers - Texas Southern University, Dr. F. Michelle Richardson - Coppin State University

Option #3 | Equity, Diversity & Inclusion in Sport | This workshop provides insight on the current state of Equity, Diversity & Inclusion (EDI) in sport and society, issues and challenges with diversity engagement, and best practice strategies to promote an inclusive organizational culture. | Participant Certification Eligible* | Facilitators: Dr. Patience Bryant**, Kevin Lynch**, Dr. A. Lamont Williams** - **San José State University

Day 2 | Friday, October 22, 2021

Friday, October 22, 2021
  • Note: Pacific Standard Time (PST) Zone

9:00am | Day 2 Welcome

9:30am | Keynote Conversation: Media and Mental Health

Moderator: Dr. Shaun Fletcher - Assistant Professor of Public Relations, San José State University (https://sjsujmc.com/)

  • Dr. Stephany Coakley - Senior Associate Athletic Director for Mental Health, Wellness and Performance, Temple University
  • Anna Johannes - Paralympic Swimmer, Team USA; International Paralympic Committee (IPC)
  • Marc Spears, Senior NBA Writer, ESPN
  • Dr. Ron Thomas - Director, Journalism and Sports Program, Morehouse College

11:00am | Nurturing Athlete Voices

Moderator: Dr. William Armaline, Director of Human Rights Institute, San José State University (https//www.sjsu.edu)

12:00pm | Words to Action Workshop: Part 2

1:00pm | Call to Action Keynote Conversation

Co-Moderator: Dr. Akilah Carter-Francique - Executive Director for ISSSSC, San José State University (https://www.sjsu.edu)

Co-Moderator: Dr. Travis Boyce - Chair of Department of African American Studies, San José State University (https://www.sjsu.edu)

2:00pm | Day 2 and Conference Ending


Conference Information & Registration

The 2021 ISSSSC Sport, Society, and Social Change conference is a virtual conference that will utilize Zoom as its virtual platform. When registering, please be prepared to indicate 1 of the 3 workshop session options (#1: Athlete Activism, #2: Name, Image, & Likeness, #3: Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion) you would like to attend for the conference days 1 and 2. *Certificate of completion awarded for attendance and participation in 2-day workshop.


  • $10 | Students (High School, Undergraduate, Graduate)
  • $75 | Educators, Executives, Coaches & Counselors
  • $75 | Community Members

Registration Link

To register for this conference go to the following link:

Conference Sponsorship & Institute Donations

Interested in sponsoring this event or donating to ISSSSC? Through your sponsorship and donations, your organization or you as an individual will gain exposure and access to key audiences in sport and society. Please take the opportunity review our conference sponsorship opportunities. Contact wordstoaction@sjsu.edu for more information on donating to ISSSSC!

Institute for the Study of Sport, Society, & Social Change | College of Social Sciences | San José State University | San José, CA
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Akilah Carter-Francique