The African American Male Research Initiative (AAMRI) and the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement (DDCE) at the University of Texas at Austin are hosting The Black Student-Athlete Conference: Challenges and Opportunities, a three-day summit from January 7-9, 2015, at the AT&T Conference Center in Austin, Texas. The summit sponsors include The Texas Program on Sports and Media of UT’s Moody College of Communications, UT Austin’s Longhorn Campaign for Men of Color, the Bell National Resource Center on the African American Male of Ohio State University, and Wisconsin’s Equity and Inclusion Laboratory (Wei LAB).
The conference is a three-day gathering to openly examine and candidly discuss the numerous and complex issues surrounding the black student-athlete. Graduate students, former student-athletes, scholars, athletic directors, and other professionals in the field from around the country will share their knowledge, scholarship, and expertise on issues that advance this critical discussion and improve the experiences of the black student-athlete.
The sessions will range in topic areas from high school and pre-college experiences of the black student-athlete to black athletes at their college or university, from graduation rates to academic versus athletic success, from mental health issues to mentoring and programming, the experiences of the black female student-athlete, among others. See below for a full list.
Scholars, coaches, conference commissioners, athletic directors, academic advisors, student affairs professionals, principals, present and former student-athletes, journalists, and others are invited. This summit constitutes the most comprehensive national forum on issues related to the black experience within amateur athletics.
The last day to register is January 7, 2015. Visit the conference website for more details.
- Diverse Perspectives on the Black Student-Athlete Experience
- Pre-College Experiences of Black Student Athletes
- Black Athletes at Predominantly White Institutions
- APR and Graduation Rates
- A sponsored session from the University of Wisconsin Wei Lab
- The Practical Value of Researching the Black Student-Athlete
- My Brother’s Keeper: How Athletics Shaped My Professional Success
- Prairie View Interscholastic League Alumni
- Integrating the Forty Acres
- Q&A with Ricky Williams
- The Black Female Student-Athlete and Her Experiences
- A View from the Field: Student-Athlete Academic Support
- Mentoring Black Athletes at The Ohio State University
- Programming That Meets Needs
- Academic Excellence and Black Student-Athletes
- Mental Health Issues and the Black Student-Athlete
- The HBCU Experience
- The Social Capital of Black-Student Athletes
- Post-Career Issues
- Where Do We Go From Here?
The conference is part of the 29th Annual Heman Sweatt Symposium for Civil Rights which features events throughout the Spring Semester.