Pre-Conference Forum on College Athletics

Thursday, NOVEMBER 12, 2020

2020 ASHE Pre-Conference Forum on College Athletics
Raising Athlete Voices: A Panel Discussion on Student-Athlete Activism and Free Speech

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.

Event Chair

Jennifer Hoffman
University of Washington

Please feel free to reach out to the event chair with questions about the content of the event. Questions about registration or event logistics can be directed to the ASHE Office at (702) 895-2737 or


  • Regular Registration (By October 15, 2020):

    • Students (regardless of ASHE membership): Free 

    • Current ASHE members: $20

    • Non-Members: $30

  • Late Registration (October 16-November 5, 2020):

    • Students (regardless of ASHE membership): $10 

    • Current ASHE members: $30

    • Non-Members: $40

Now in its 10th year, the Pre-Conference Forum on College Sports engages the ASHE community on the issues of the relationship between intercollegiate athletics and higher education. For more information, contact the Center for Leadership in 

Past ASHE Pre-Conferences

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