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Kelsey Slater, PhD / Health, nutrition and Exercise Science (Sport Management)

What are your primary research and scholarly interests?
Sports Diplomacy and Sport and New Media

Where are you from and where did you pursue your education?
Originally from Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, completed my bachelors degree in political science and environmental studies at Lafayette College. Completed my Masters and PhD in Kinesiology with a concentration in sport studies from Mississippi State University.

What excites you about NDSU?
I am excited to be part of a department that is growing and where I get to be a part of developing strong students in sport management.

What motivates you?
I am motivated by my colleagues as well as my own internal motivation for greater knowledge. I pursue research projects to find answers that will hopefully contribute to society and future researchers

If you could travel, where would you go?
I would probably go to Ancient Greece or Rome to see the some of the architectural wonders that have been lost over time

If you could have coffee / tea with anyone, who would it be?
If I could have coffee with anyone it would be Johann Olav Koss, Olympian and founder of Sport for development organization Right to Play. I would want to learn more about how he took his platform as an Olympian and used it to motivate others to contribute to humanitarian work.

What was your first job?
Working in the admissions office at Lafayette College while I was an undergraduate student.

What does your very best day include?
Playing beach volleyball with my friends and family

What’s your favorite quote?
"Sport has the power to change the world. It has the power to inspire. It has the power to unite people in a way that little else does. It speaks to youth in a language they understand. Sport can create hope where once there was only despair."  - Nelson Mandela

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