Creating Social Change in and Through Intercollegiate Sport


  • E. Nicole Melton University of Massachusetts–Amherst



The purpose of this paper is to introduce the work included in the special issue: Creating Social Change in and Through Intercollegiate Sport. In doing so, the author develops a multilevel conceptual model, demonstrating how the research included in the special issue addresses the antecedents and outcomes of social change initiatives in intercollegiate sport at the macro (i.e., institutionalized practices, cultural norms), meso (i.e., support of others, compelling narratives, collaborations) and microlevel (i.e., perspective-altering experiences, attitudes toward role of sport) of analysis. In addition, the author suggests ways to overcome barriers and increase the success of future social change initiatives. Based on this collection of scholarship, the author encourages researchers and practitioners to consider the multilevel factors that influence social change and the subsequent outcomes of such actions.


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Author Biography

  • E. Nicole Melton, University of Massachusetts–Amherst
    Melton is with the McCormack Department of Sport Management, Isenberg School of Management, University of Massachusetts–Amherst, Amherst, Massachusetts.




How to Cite

Melton, E. N. (2015). Creating Social Change in and Through Intercollegiate Sport. Journal of Intercollegiate Sport, 8(1), 1-13.