CARE-FC Statement in Support of University of Missouri Black Football Players

On Saturday evening, November 7, more than 30 black members of the University of Missouri football team announced that they would boycott team activities in protest over the mishandling of racial incidents at the University.  The College Athletes Rights and Empowerment Faculty Coalition (CARE-FC) is a national coalition of faculty concerned with the academic and economic mistreatment of college athletes in the profit sports of football and basketball.  We stand with and in support of the black players on the University of Missouri football team who acted out of conscience and power of their convictions to use the platform of their positions to amplify attention to the efforts of the Concerned Students 1950 movement, as well as to improve the welfare of all students across campus who have faced adversity, including graduate students. We also express our deep concern for the welfare of Jonathan Butler.  His extraordinary leadership has fueled a world-wide reaction to the issues raised by students of color at the University of Missouri.  We hope for his safety and urge the University of Missouri to create systematic changes to produce an equal academic environment for all.  We also hope that the public, administration, and athletic department at the University of Missouri will not conduct any form of retribution toward those who are participating in this movement.


Ellen J. Staurowsky, Ed.D., Professor, Sport Management, Drexel University (CARE-FC co-founder)

Richard Southall, Ed.D., Associate Professor & Director, College Sport Research Institute, U. of South Carolina (CARE-FC co-founder)

Robin Ammon, Ph.D., Coordinator, Sport Management, University of South Dakota

David Berri, Ph.D., Professor, Economics, Southern Utah University

John Bloom, Ph.D., Associate Professor, History and Philosophy, Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania

Dominic Cerri, Ph.D., Associate Professor, History, Sacramento City College

Harry Cleaver, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Economics (Emeritus), University of Texas

Jay Coakley, Ph.D., Professor of Sociology (Emeritus), University of Northern Colorado

Noah Cohan, Ph.D., Lecturer, American Cultural Studies, Washington University in St. Louis

Santiago (Yago) Colas, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Comparative Literature and Arts and Ideas in the Humanities, University of Michigan

Gabriel Cooper, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of German, Oberlin College

Altha Cravey, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Geography, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill

Corinne Diprano, Ph.D., Chair, Department of Health and Sport Science, Associate Professor, Sport Management, University of Dayton

Corinne Farneti, Ph.D., Assistant Professor & Program Director, Sport Management, Mount St. Mary’s University

Angela Garcia, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Sociology & Global Studies, Bentley College

Guy Harrison, Ph.D. Candidate, Graduate & Professional Student Assembly, Student Representative, University Graduate Council, Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, Arizona State University

Billy Hawkins, Ph.D., Professor, Sport Management & Policy, University of Georgia

Keith R.V. Heningburg, Ph.D., Professor, History & Ethnic Studies, Sacramento City College

April Henning, Ph.D., Post-Doctoral Researcher, National Development and Research Institute

Abigail Horne, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, English, Hampden-Sydney College

Rachel M. Joo, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Middlebury College

Richard Karcher, J.D., Assistant Professor, Sport Management, Eastern Michigan University

Lara Killick, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Sport Sociology and Sport Pedagogy, University of the Pacific

C. Richard King, Ph.D., Professor, Critical Culture, Race, and Gender Studies, Washington State University

Jordan Kobritz, J.D., C.P.A., Professor, Sport Law and Sport Management, SUNY Cortland

Jason Lanter, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Psychology and Faculty Athletics Representative, Kutztown University

Jason Larendeau, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Chair, Sociology Department, University of Lethbridge

Joel Maxcy, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Sport Management, Drexel University

Amy Christian McCormick, J.D., Professor Emeritus, Michigan State University College of Law

Robert A. McCormick, J.D., Professor Emeritus, Michigan State University College of Law

Judy McDonnell, Ph.D., Professor, Sociology, Bryant University

Erik McDuffie, Ph.D., Associate Professor, African Studies, History, & Center for African Studies, University of Illinois

Rostom Mesli, Visiting Assistant Professor, Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies, Oberlin College

Nicholas E. Miller, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Fellow, English Department, Washington University in St. Louis

Thomas Oates, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, American Studies and Journalism & Mass Communication, University of Iowa

Kadence Otto, Ph.D., Professor, Sport Management, Western Carolina University

Victoria Paraschak, Ph.D., Professor, Sport Sociology, University of Windsor

Amanda Paule-Koba, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Sport Management, Bowling Green State University

Millery Polyné, Ph.D., Associate Dean of Faculty and Academic Affairs, Associate Professor, Gallatin School of Individualized Study, New York University

Brenda Riemer, Ph.D., Associate Professor & Chair, Sport Management, Eastern Michigan University

James Satterfield, Ed.D., Associate Professor, Eugene T. Moore School of Education, Clemson University

Pete Schroeder, Ph.D., Associate Professor, University of the Pacific

Wesley Shirley, Ph.D., Kirkwood Community College and Mt. Mercy University

Magda Siekert, Ph.D., Lecturer, Middle East Studies, Dickinson College

Claire Solomon, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Hispanic Studies, Oberlin College

Deborah Joy Southall, M.A., Lecturer, Exercise & Sport Science, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill

Jane Stangl, Ph.D., Dean of the First Year Class, Smith College

Stanley Thangaraj, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Anthropology, City College of New York

Carlos Thomas, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Information & Computer Science, Southern University System

Lucia Trimbur, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Sociology, John Jay College of Criminal Justice

Robert Turner, Ph.D., Research Associate, African American Studies Department, University of Maryland

Nicholas Watanabe, Ph.D., Assistant Teaching Professor, Sport Economics, University of Missouri

Jonathan Weiler, Ph.D., Senior Lecturer, Global Studies, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill

Silke-Maria Weineck, Ph.D., Chair, Comparative Literature & Professor, German Studies and Comparative Literature, University of Michigan

Grace Yan, Ph.D., Assistant Teaching Professor, Parks, Recreation, & Tourism, University of Missouri

Dated of Statement:  9 November 2015