Program Leaders with Hearts for Spirituality
Who is Richard Lapchick? Eminent Scholar, Endowed Chair & Director, University of Central Florida DeVos Sport Business Management Program President/CEO, The Institute for Sport and Social Justice Director, The Institute for Diversity & Ethics in Sport
“Human rights activist, pioneer for racial equality, internationally recognized expert on sports issues, scholar and author Richard E. Lapchick is often described as “the racial conscience of sport.
Among his many accomplishments, Richard Lapchick is the Vice President/ CEO of The DeVos Sport Business Management Program at UCF, a landmark program that focuses on the business skills necessary for graduates to conduct a successful career in the rapidly changing and dynamic sports industry. In following with Lapchick’s tradition of human rights activism, the curriculum includes courses with an emphasis on diversity, leadership, community service, sport and social issues and ethics in addition to UCF’s strong business curriculum.
The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport (TIDES) serves as a comprehensive resource for issues related to gender and race in amateur, collegiate and professional sports. Shut-Out Trafficking is TIDES’ effort to combat human trafficking with week long programs on college campuses. It is a partnership with the U.S. Fund for UNICEF and the USOC Athletes Advisory Council.
Lapchick is a regular columnist for ESPN.com and The Sports Business Journal. He has spoken to the U.S. Congress, at the United Nations and in the European Parliament. He is considered among the nation’s experts on sport and social justice issues.