The Sporting Justice Collective is a cooperative platform designed to bring together scholars, athletes, and activists from around the world. We are committed to creating equitable change through sport with an emphasis on anti-racist and anti-colonial practices. By collaborating with key stakeholders, facilitating knowledge and resources, and amplifying existing justice efforts, our aim is to effectuate change through the sporting world in the broader fight for justice around the globe. We accomplish this through our blog focusing on issues of (in)justice in and through sport; hosting events; creating and distributing content (e.g., graphics, videos, podcast); engaging key practitioners; and more.

Sport is both embedded within local communities and has a global reach. As such, we believe that we have a responsibility to use sport as a vehicle for revisionary change. Our Collective seeks to use pooled resources as leverage to promote justice and equity in our communities and around the world.

Board of Advisors

Kwame Agyemang, Ph.D.

Dr. Agyemang is an Associate Professor (with tenure) at The Ohio State University (OSU). Prior to arriving at OSU, he spent seven years at Louisiana State University (2012-2019), earning promotion and tenure in 2018, and one year at Eastern Kentucky University as an assistant professor (2011-2012). Research wise, Dr. Agyemang is interested in questions related to institutional change. He is the Co-Editor-in-Chief of Sport, Business and Management: an International Journal and founder of 68th St., a design and strategy company dedicated to helping people and organizations advance racial equity in the workplace and society. Dr. Agyemang is currently working on book concerning this subject matter (under contract with Cornell University Press). You can follow him and/or his company on Twitter: @kwameagyemang@sixtyeightst

Chen Chen (陈晨)

Currently an assistant professor of sport management at the Neag School of Education, University of Connecticut, Chen describes himself as a grateful visitor from China to the land known as Connecticut (originated from the Algonquin word Quinnehtukqut that means ‘beside the long tidal river’). His current work addresses the intersection of sport with colonialism and environmental/ecological justice. He is particularly interested in how non-Western epistemologies (theories of knowledge) and worldviews can mobilize sport and movement spaces to be more just and equitable, and facilitate more meaningful community-building towards decolonization and abolition.

Justin R. Garner, Ph.D.

Justin R. Garner (Ph.D., Texas A&M University) is an Assistant Professor of Sport Management in the College of Education, Humanities and Behavioral Sciences (CEHBS) at Alabama A&M University (AAMU). Dr. J. Garner teaches a catalog of sport management courses, from sport law to contemporary issues in sport management, as well as serves as an advisor for his students. He is a co-founder of The Sport Management and Analytics Research Laboratory at AAMU. Dr. J. Garner’s scholarship focuses on Black Male Studies in the context of sport and entertainment with an emphasis on Anti-Colonialism Philosophy, Diversity and Inclusion, Social justice and Sport Analytics.

Ajhanai (AJ) Chanel Inez Newton

Ajhanai (AJ) Chanel Inez Newtonis a PhD Candidate in the Learning, Leadership, and Educational Policy concentration Sport Management program at University of Connecticut. Ajhanai’s research interests are studying the intersection of gender, race, organizational culture, and leadership in the realm of collegiate and professional sport. She perceives sport to be a culturally significant domain reflective of American ideologies and values. Ajhanai is a University of Connecticut Dodd Research Center Fellow and Giolas-Harriott Fellow.

Kristi F. Oshiro, Ph.D.

Kristi F. Oshiro is an Assistant Professor of Sport Administration at Belmont University. She received her doctoral degree from Texas A&M University. Her research agenda includes two primary and interrelated areas of inquiry: 1) Diversity, equity, and inclusion in sport organizations with a focus on the intersection of race, gender, and sport. And, 2) Sport marketing, the utility of new media studies, and the implications this creates in and through sporting spaces. Oshiro has presented at national and international conferences and co-authored various peer reviewed articles. Her latest (dissertation) work is titled, Dear Student-Athlete: Illuminating the Voices of Former Female Student-Athletes of Color.

John Nathaniel Singer

Dr. Singer (PhD, Ohio State University) is associate professor of sport management and associate dean for diversity and inclusion in the College of Education and Human Development at Texas A&M University. His research and scholarly focus is 1) Black male studies, and 2) diversity and social justice in and thru sport organizations. He is author of the book, Race, Sports, and Education: Improving Opportunities and Outcomes for Black Male College Athletes (Harvard Education Press, 2019). 

Anthony J. Weems, Ph.D.

Anthony is an Assistant Professor of Recreation and Sport Management at Florida International University where he teaches courses on social and philosophical issues facing sport. His research and activism revolve around revisionary ways of decolonizing sporting spaces with a focus on race, leadership, and policy development. His work can be found in a variety of academic journals, books, blogs, and other miscellaneous outlets.

Natalie Welch, Ph.D., MBA

Natalie is an Assistant Professor of Sport Management in the School of Business at Linfield University. She teaches courses on sport management and sport marketing, coordinates the Sport Management program, manages student internships in sport management, and was recently appointed the Faculty Athletics Representative. Natalie is an enrolled member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, and grew up on the Qualla Boundary, also known as the Cherokee Indian Reservation in Cherokee, North Carolina. She focuses her research on modern Native American athletes and Indigenous sport.

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