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What We Do

In America today, organized sports have become overly regimented, hierarchical, and exclusionary. At the CSU East Bay Center for Sport and Social Justice (CSSJ), we are committed to radically transforming this culture by:

  • Encouraging humane, socially just, and inclusive sport and physical activities;
  • Examining issues such as race, class, gender, disability, and sexuality in sport;
  • Promoting initiatives that use sport as a vehicle for social change

At CSSJ we conduct research, offer lectures and workshops, and bring the university and local community together to promote open dialogue and social change. We encourage creative—and even radical—work in sport and physical activity that empowers people and transforms communities.

In all of these activities, we seek to address the following key questions:

  • How does sport impact the way we think about and treat our bodies?
  • Who benefits from sport’s current form?
  • How do market forces impact how we think about sport?
  • What would sport look like if it were liberating?
  • What is a ‘fit’ body and who determines what ‘fit’ means?
  • How do people contribute to the health of their communities?

Want to get involved? Check our Events page to find out about upcoming CSSJ activities or contact us for more information.

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