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Words to Action

The ISSSSC celebrates and empowers athletes to use their platforms to advocate for social change. We are dedicated to research, analysis and education at the intersection of sport and society. ISSSSC mission efforts are made possible through the San José State University mission to enrich the lives of its students, to transmit knowledge to its students along with the necessary skills for applying it in the service of our society, and to expand the base of knowledge through research and scholarship.

It is time: Voices of Athlete Activism.

It Is Time: Voices of Athlete Activism 2021

In this second annual conference, ISSSSC discussed 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 conference hosted keynote panels, change agent organizations, and educational teachings with ISSSSC’s Words to Action workshops.

Words to Action Town Hall program celebrating the 50th anniversary

About Us

Read about our history, mission and values, and get to know our incredible staff and advisory boards.

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News and Media

Keep up to date on what the ISSSSC has been up to. Explore the latest announcements, news articles, events and forums the institutes has been featured in which focuses on issues of race, politics and activism.

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Whether you're interested in checking out an upcoming town hall or want to watch a recorded webinar, our events page is a great resource for anyone interested in the Institute's mission.

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SJSU Legacies

San Jose State University has been an incredible platform for athlete activists for decades. Discover their stories and become inspired by their legacies.

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Education and Resources

As a part of furthering its mission for equity, the ISSSSC makes its educational resources available to everyone. From presentations to student internship opportunities, you'll have access to everything the Institute has to offer.

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Connect and Donate

When you support us, you support our mission of equity and social justice. Join us by giving now or connect with our team and learn more about how you can give to the ISSSSC.