Pre-Conference Forum on College Athletics

Wednesday, October 27, 2021
1:00-4:00 pm Atlantic/San Juan Time

2021 ASHE Pre-Conference Forum on College Athletics
College Sports & Colonialism in Higher Education

What are colonialism and nationalism and what has been their sociohistorical role in the rise of modern athletic capitalism in the neoliberal university? How do we do more to understand the role of place after our land acknowledgements in our teaching and research? Given the ASHE annual meeting location and theme, we take a particular focus on the wide range of Latinx athletes and AAPI athletes from island communities who have been impacted by colonialism in college sports and who have influence in disrupting these practices today.
In this session, participants will be introduced to these themes in an opening keynote, then participate in two interactive roundtable discussions. A final closing session will be an open opportunity for Q&A, networking and brainstorming continued efforts.
Roundtable discussions include topics on:
  • Understanding Colonialism in Higher Education
  • Identifying Colonialism in our Teaching
  • Uncovering Colonialism in our Research on College Athletics

2021 Session Schedule

  • Welcome
  • Opening Session: What is Colonialism in Sport & Higher Education?
  • Break
  • Breakout Round #1
  • Break
  • Breakout Round #2
  • Closing Round, Debriefing & Takeaways

Event Chairs

Jennifer Hoffman
University of Washington

Guillermo Ortega

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


  • Early Registration (By September 1, 2021)
    • Students (regardless of ASHE membership): Free 
    • Current ASHE members: $20
    • Non-Members: $30
  • Regular Registration (By October 1, 2021):
    • Students (regardless of ASHE membership): Free 
    • Current ASHE members: $20
    • Non-Members: $30
  • Late Registration (By October 22, 2021):
    • Students (regardless of ASHE membership): $10 
    • Current ASHE members: $30
    • Non-Members: $40

Now in its 11th 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

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