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Research and Presentations

Through scholarly research, writing, and evaluation, the center contributes to sport for development and peace literature and delivers keynote speeches at conferences worldwide. Since its founding in 2012, leaders of the CSPS have published 16 academic articles, presented more than 50 times at national and international conferences, delivered three commencement and international keynote addresses, and developed a unique model of empowerment: the Theory of Empowerment for Social Change.

In 2017, CSPS assistant director Ashleigh Huffman took lead on a book chapter, “Sport and Education,” which outlined the Center’s pedagogical approach and philosophy for an upcoming manual on sport for development and peace (SDP) in higher education. In 2016, CSPS staff members also published an article on SDP programs in conflict zones in Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise, and Health.

At the same time, the center has presented across the United States, Brazil, and France in the past year. In March 2017, CSPS director Dr. Sarah Hillyer and assessments and impact coordinator Carolyn Spellings presented at the U.S. Soccer Symposium in Washington D.C. In addition, Huffman gave the keynote address at the 4th Annual Sport for Social Change International Conference in Rio de Janeiro, and Hillyer was a moderator and panelist at the Tignes International Conference on Sport Values in France.

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