Moving from Words to Action

San Jose State has proudly launched the Institute for the Study of Sport, Society and Social Change.

The university is uniquely positioned to found the insititute, given its history of using sport to advance social change

Dedicated to research, analysis and education at the intersection of sport and society, the institute will examine issues at the forefront of American discoursefrom racism, gender equity, LGBT issues and human rights to the school to prison pipeline, performance-enhancing drugs and the concussion epidemic. 

If I didn’t use the influence I’d gained from being a world-class athlete, I wouldn’t be doing my part in society.

Tommie Smith, ’69 Social Science, ’05 Honorary Doctorate

SJSU alumnus and Olympic gold medalist Tommie Smith

Be Part of the Change

There are many ways to get involved with the institute.


Join the dialogue with #SJSUwordstoaction.


Learn more about SJSU’s legacy of sport and activism by visiting the Dr. Harry Edwards Collection: Sport, Society and Social Change at the university’s Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library. Located in Special Collections and Archives on the fifth floor of the library, the collection may also be previewed online.


Make a gift to support the institute and future programming that will create change.

On SJSU’s online giving form, please type “Institute for the Study of Sport, Society and Social Change” in the “Other Purpose” field.