ASHE Pre-Conference Forum on College Athletics


COVID-19, Black Lives Matter, and student-athlete name image likeness (NIL) policies are shaping college athletics in unprecedented ways. Too often, however, discussions around these topics do not center the voices of those most affected by these issues: the student-athlete. In this ASHE pre-conference forum, we will engage in a panel discussion with current student-athletes from across the US.  This student-athlete-only format centers the voices of college athletes on the changes that directly impact them. From monetizing their NIL, to mobilizing over Black Lives Matter, to speaking up about their health, this forum will focus on strategies to support college athlete voices in activism and free speech.



Kain Colter, co-founder of the College Athletes Players Association and former NCAA Division I Athlete


Kirsten Hextrum, Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at the University of Oklahoma and former NCAA Division I Athlete


  • Michelle Atherley, Member of University of Miami Black Student-Athlete Alliance

  • Anna Cockrell, Co-founder of United Black Student-Athletes Association at USC

  • Maya McClendon, Founder of Sports Metaphor, LCC and affiliate with the #WEAREUNITED college-athletes rights movement 

  • Angel Noriega, Former Division I Athlete & Athlete Activist


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Watch the 2019 ASHE Athletics Pre-Conference forum on "NCAA Division I College Sports Finances: Where the Money Comes From and Where the Money Goes" in the video below: 


Now in its 12th year, the Pre-Conference Forum on College Sports engages the ASHE community on the issues of the relationship between intercollegiate athletics and higher education. 

Past ASHE Pre-Conferences
2020 Raising Athlete Voices: A Panel Discussion on Student-Athlete Activism and Free Speech
2019 NCAA Division I College Sports Finances: Where the Money Comes From and Where the Money Goes 
2018 Moments In Athletics Scholarship: Stories of Educational Activism, Disruptive Innovation & Dialogue.
2017 Power to the Scholar: Emerging Media Practices for Higher Education Discourses on College Sports
2016 Advancing Student-Athlete Research and Policy For the Public Good Through Scholar-Practitioner Collaboration
2015 Accessing and Analyzing NCAA Data for Athletics Research & Policy
2014 Informing Research and Policy in Intercollegiate Athletics Knight Commission Database Workshop
2013 Invitation to A Dialogue: Student-Athletes and Higher Education. 
2012 Student-Athlete Climate Survey Pre-Conference Workshop
2011 Publish or Perish? Meeting the Challenges of Publishing Research on Intercollegiate Athletics
2010 Aligning the Study of Intercollegiate Athletics Within Higher Education Scholarship & Policy