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Sport, Society and Social Change Conference November 12-13, 2020

Conference Focus:

The Institute for the Study of Sport, Society and Social Change welcomes you to the inaugural Sport, Society and Social Change Conference. This 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.

The Institute for the Study of Sport, Society and Social Change (ISSSSC) mission is dedicated to research, education and programming on issues at the intersection of sport and society including equity, diversity and inclusion in all forms of social justice and social services. 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.

Location/Format

Online (Zoom)

Time

9am - 2pm PST (12pm - 5pm EST) Day 1 and Day 2

Registration:

Click here to register.

Social Media:

#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. We will be featuring lightning talks during the conference symposia and welcome submissions on topics pertaining to sport and social justice. In your talk, you should describe a specific finding, technique, project, data, or particularly important information, in a manner similar to the examples provided.

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!

All participants must submit an application to present here, and email their pre-recorded presentation as an .mp4 file attachment to wordstoaction@sjsu.edu. Please do so by Friday, October 30, 2020 to be considered for inclusion in the conference and the Student Presentation Contest.

Here's an example presentation. And, here's a template so you can build your own.

Available prizes for Undergraduate Presentations: 1st prize = $150, 2nd prize = $100, 3rd prize = $50

Available prizes for Graduate Presentations: 1st prize = $150, 2nd prize = $100, 3rd prize = $50

All participants will receive a certificate of participation

Schedule

Day 1

9:00 am - Welcome Message and Conference Line-Up

9:30 am - Keynote Conversation #1

The purpose of the Keynote Conversation #1 is to discuss the state of sport in society. Professionals that are on the front lines of sport and sport thought will share their perspective on issues, controversies, experiential realities of athletes and stakeholders in the U.S. and abroad during COVID-19 and the Black Lives Matter movement.

Shireen Ahmed - Sports Activist, Public Speaker, and Writer - Independent Journalist, CA

Dr. Jules Boykoff - Professor & Department Chair, Political Science - Pacific University, USA

Dr. Amira Rose Davis - Assistant Professor of History & African American Studies - Penn State University, USA

Dr. Jamil Northcutt - Vice President, Player Engagement - Major League Soccer, USA

10:45 am - Commercial Break, Sponsor Recognition

11:00 am - Change Agent Organizations Presentation

The purpose of the Change Agent Organizations is to introduce organizations that use the platform of sport to promote social change in a range of areas to include race, equity, and inclusion; gender equity, positive coaching practices, ability, mental health and wellness, physical activity, cultural competence and culturally relevant pedagogical practices.

Angel City Sports - Clayton Frech - CEO & Founder

Athlete Ally - Dr. Anna Baeth - Senior Manager of Research

Athletes & Advocates for Social Justice - Dr. Emmett Gill - Chief Visionary Officer

Behind the Whistle - Lizette Goodloe - Chief Operating Officer

Behind the Whistle - Dr. William Goodloe - Chief Executive Officer

Beloved Community - Dr. Nicole Caridad Ralston - Director of Education and Programming

Jackie Joyner Kersee Foundation - Latrice Sales - Director

Positive Coaching Alliance - Trennis Jones - Regional Director

Through Her Eyes - Liz Stanton - Founder & Board President

Wall of Song Project - Mel Day - Art Lecturer, San José State University

We Coach - Megan Bartlett - Founder

11:45 am - Commercial Break, Sponsor Recognition

12:00 pm - Words to Action Workshop #1

The purpose of the Words to Action workshop session is to serve as an open forum for practitioners to include coaches, administrators, programmers, & managers; parents, participants and supporters of sport and athletics organizations work through one of three identified challenges in sport (a) race and gender, (b) athlete experiences, and (c) diversity, equity, and inclusion.

  • Breakout Group 1: The Race and Gender breakout group focus on the systemic role of race and racism & sex and sexism in the access and treatment experiences in sport. A review of statistics and case studies to advise best practices.

Dr. Ann Pegaroro - Lang Chair in Sports Management | Co-Director National Research Network for Gender Equity - University of Guelph, CA

Dr. John N. Singer - Associate Dean & Associate Professor in the Division of Sport Management, Department of Health and Kinesiology - San José State University, USA

Dr. Michelle Hampton - Associate Professor in The Valley Foundation School of Nursing, Department of Health and Human Sciences - San José State University, USA

  • Breakout Group 2: The Athletic Experience breakout group will focus on the host of challenges that athletes navigate during their developmental play. Challenges include athlete identity & identity foreclosure, racism & sexism, sexual orientation & homophobia, injury, athletic season postponement & cancellation, athletic retirement & transition, and managing mental health and wellness.

Dr. Joseph Cooper - Leadership in Education | Endowed Chair - University of Massachusetts Boston, USA

Dr. Vikki Krane - Professor, School of Human Movement, Sport, and Leisure Studies - Bowling Green State University, USA

Dr. I.S. Keino Miller - Licensed Psychologist & Assistant Professor, College of Medicine - Florida State University, USA

  • Breakout Group 3: The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion breakout group will focus on organizations and departments’ facilitation of equitable communities. Identifying the state of your organizational culture will be examined to aid in the management of historically marginalized groups and athletes. Through this breakout group, attendees will work to promote inclusive excellence, equitable practices, and welcoming spaces to support a positive sporting culture through culturally relevant and race, equity, and inclusion practices.

Dr. Courtney Flowers - Associate Professor, Sport Management - Texas Southern University, USA

Eli Wolff - Director of Power of Sport Lab - Brown University, USA

Dr. Stacey Henson - Community Outreach Coordinator - The Recovery Village - Advanced Recovery Systems, USA

1:15 pm- Commercial Break, Sponsor Recognition

1:30 pm - Closing Remarks

Day 2

9:00 am - Welcome Message and Conference Line-Up

9:30 am - Keynote Conversation Panel #2

The purpose of the Keynote Conversation #2 is to discuss the state of sport in society. Professionals leaders of sport and sport organizations will share their perspective on the aspects that influenced their management decisions during the on-set of COVID-19 to and through the Black Lives Matter movement.

Moderator: Dr. Shaun Fletcher - Assistant Professor, Public Relations and Sport Communication - San José State University, USA

Dr. Algerian Hart - President (2020-2021) - North American Society for the Sociology of Sport

Dr. Kevin Hylton - Emeritus Professor of Equality and Diversity in Sport, Leisure and Education - Leeds University, UK & Chair - Sheffield Race Equality Commission, UK

Dr. Nicole LaVoi - Director - Tucker Center for Research on Girls and Women - University of Minnesota, USA

Rachelle Patel - Director of Marketing and Events - Laureus Sport for Good, USA

10:45 am - Commercial Break, Sponsor Recognition

11:00 am - Social Change Research Presentation Session

The purpose of the Research Presentation session is to allow current undergraduate, masters, and doctoral students to present original research on one of three identified challenges in sport: (a) race and gender, (b) athlete experiences, and (c) diversity, equity, and inclusion. Students will not only gain the experience of preparing and recording a research presentation and navigating the Q&A, they will also benefit from in-depth discussions and analyses of their work by conference attendees with expertise germane to their work.

Dr. Thalia Anagnos - Vice Provost - San José State University, USA

Dr. Travis Boyce - Associate Professor & Department Chair, African American Studies - San José State University, USA

Dr. Amy August - Assistant Director, Institute for the Study of Sport, Society and Social Change - San José State University, USA

11:45 am - Commercial Break, Sponsor Recognition

12:00 pm - Words To Action Workshop #2

The purpose of the Words to Action workshop session is to serve as an open forum for practitioners to include coaches, administrators, programmers, & managers; parents, participants and supporters of sport and athletics organizations work through one of three identified challenges in sport (a) race and gender, (b) athlete experiences, and (c) diversity, equity, and inclusion.

1:00 pm - ISSSSC Words To Action Community Conversation

The purpose of the Words to Action community conversation session is to allow practitioners to report on the progress they made during the workshop session in developing a plan to tackle one of three identified challenges in sport (a) race and gender, (b) athlete experiences, and (c) diversity, equity, and inclusion.

1:45 pm - Day 2 Closing Remarks

Interested in participating? Contact wordstoaction@sjsu.edu for more information!

Credits:

Photo 1: Protesters rally near the Olympic Black Power statue on the campus of San Jose State University in San Jose, Calif., on Friday, June 5, 2020. Thousands of demonstrators joined in to protest the police killing of Minneapolis man George Floyd. Photo 2: Caleb Simmons leads protest in Phoenix, Arizona (Photo Credit: Catherine Rafferty, USA TODAY NETWORK)