Bridging the gap between academic and athletic identities
Established in 1998 by C. Keith Harrison, Ed.D., the Paul Robeson Research Center for Innovative Academic & Athletic Prowess at UCF provides students with research opportunities to cultivate a better understanding of diversity and inclusion in sports. The center’s mission is to bridge the gap between academic and athletic identities. By empowering students to build research theory, create empirical data sets and contribute to high-quality publications, the Paul Robeson Research Center for Innovative Academic & Athletic Prowess at UCF prepares students to be practitioners in their desired career fields.
About Paul Robeson
Paul Robeson was a renowned African-American athlete, singer, actor and political activist who became famous for his cultural accomplishments and civil rights advocacy. A four-sport athlete during his time in college, Paul Robeson was one of only two African-American students at Rutgers University in 1919. Robeson excelled in his academics and graduated as valedictorian of his class. Throughout the early to mid-1900s, Robeson utilized his baritone singing voice to perform and protest racism at rallies, festivals and conferences around the world.