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Global Conference on Sport for Social Change

This year's conference theme is commemorating the 1968 Mexico Summer Olympics.

The Olympic games have become a global spectacle and echo of diversity in the form of development and sports participation at the elite level. The Olympics attract participants and spectators from all walks of life, and engender intercultural understanding, as well as promote social and economic development globally. Hosting Olympic games permeates the sport industry as well as social, political, and economic spheres of human life.

This year's conference aims to showcase the extent to which the Olympics have impacted development and population welfare through the decades to the present days, indicate ways to ameliorate social and economic predicaments facing underrepresented groups, while providing avenues through which Olympic games and other sporting activities can be used to effectively tackle issues of diversity and inclusion in society.

Keynote Speakers

Dikaia Chatziefstathiou of Canterbury Christ Church University is an expert in Olympic studies, and her work on the ideology of Olympism and values has been widely published and cited in peer-reviewed academic journals nationally and internationally. She is the winner of the inaugural Coubertin Prize in 2008, awarded by the International Olympic Committee and the International Pierre de Coubertin Committee for her qualitative research on Pierre de Coubertin’s writings and speeches.

Delise S. O’Meally is executive director of the National Consortium for Academics and Sports, which uses the power of sport to effect positive societal change. In her position, O’Meally is responsible for strategic planning, leadership, fundraising, operational planning, and managing the activities of the organization, and she also plays a primary role in the organization’s human trafficking awareness program. A former collegiate tennis player from Montego Bay, Jamaica, O'Meally has been involved in athletics administration for more than 21 years, with almost 17 years of service at the National Collegiate Athletic Association. She is a prominent voice in international university sports, serving as the secretary general of the United States International University Sports Federation (the third secretary general in that organization’s 50-year history and the first woman in that role).

Michele K. Donnelly is assistant professor of sport administration at Kent State University, where she teaches courses on the sociology of sport, sport and globalization, sport media, and research methods. Her research is focused on gender and alternative and understudied social practices and subcultures in the realm of leisure (such as home improvement, roller derby, skateboarding). She also conducts research about sport governance, particularly alternative and athlete-driven models of sport governance, including women’s role in sport governance. She has co-authored a series of gender equality audits and analyses for the International Olympic Committee and is co-editor of "Youth Culture and Sport: Identity, Power, & Politics" (Routledge, 2007) and "Physical Culture, Ethnography, and the Body: Theory, Method, & Praxis" (Routledge, 2017). She is now completing a book titled "Women’s Flat Track Roller Derby: The Revolution Continues."


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