Tuesday, March 15, 2016
Begun in 2015, the Day for Learning and Speaking Out catalyzes conversations between faculty, students, and community stakeholders that confront racism as a structural and systemic phenomenon that most affects those marginalized in our society. Each year we begin by looking at racism demonstrated by current events and then reflect on racism and antiracism within our own teaching and learning environment.
The 2016 Day for Learning and Speaking Out will foster reflection on and commitment to responding to structural racism in the criminal justice system. Colleagues interested in topics ranging from policing, to incarceration and restorative justice, to the school to prison pipeline, should plan to attend.
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|10:00am to 11:00am||
Lethal Force in Policing
Presenters: Ann Stuart, OTD, an Assistant Professor in Occupational Therapy; Matthew Schneirov, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Sociology; Anna Floerke Scheid, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Theology, and Jeffrie Mallory, Director of Multicultural Affairs for Student Life. The panel will be moderated by Dr. Kathy Glass, Associate Professor of English.
In June of 2015, Amnesty International released a report on The Use of Lethal Force in Policing. It paints a very disturbing picture of police overreach and misconduct in communities of color (both black and Hispanic) here in the USA, indicating that most incidences in the Hispanic community seldom get national coverage, giving us an incomplete and lop-sided picture of the true scope of this problem. It also makes several strong and eminently sensible recommendations on ways to address and reverse this unacceptable state of affairs. Our panelists will discuss various aspects of the report from their own disciplinary and/or personal perspectives.
|11:00am to 12:00pm||
We All Could Be Kings, Breaking the School to Prison Pipeline?
Presenters: Jacqueline Roebuck Sakho, Ed.D., Post Doctoral Fellow, Canevin Center for Educational Transformation & Social Justice) and Tiffany Sizemore-Thompson, J.D., Duquesne University School of Law, Assistant Clinical Professor
This discussion will delve into the realities of being a student of color in the nation’s public school system, and look at the challenges they face as they navigate the systems of education and criminal justice. The issues will be viewed through both an empirical and anecdotal lens. Lively discussion will be strongly encouraged.
|12:00pm to 1:00pm||Lunch Break|
|1:00pm to 2:00pm||
The Developing Picture of Police Body Cameras on Sentencing and Re Entry
Presenters: John Rago (Associate Professor of Law, Duquesne University School of Law) and Tracey McCants Lewis (Assistant Clinical Professor, Duquesne University School of Law)
Recent national events have exclaimed for the use of body cameras by police. This discussion will focus on the use of body cameras by police as a means of oversight and protection for the public and officers, and how cameras may impact exonerations, sentencing, and charges available to be expunged from one’s record.
|2:00pm to 2:45pm||
Citizen Involvement and Engaging with Police--A Workshop
Presenters: Margaret McGannon (Duquesne University School of Law) and Remi Annunziata (Duquesne University Public Policy)
This interactive workshop session will examine university policies in student activism and Duquesne University Department of Public Safety procedures for responding to protests and emergencies. Next, we will consider ways to interact with police officers and how to proactively participate in policy and the larger dialogue surrounding police practices.
|3:00pm to 4:30pm||
Exploring Race and Pedagogy: Classroom Climate (Faculty and Graduate Students with Teaching Responsibilites Only)
Facilitator: Erin Rentschler (Center for Teaching Excellence)
Student Panelists: Don Crawford (Sophomore, Political Science), Essence Criswell (Freshman, International Relations), Sharifa Garvey (Senior, Information Systems Management), Abdul Junaid (Freshman, Undeclared Arts), Shawn Ramsay (Junior, Psychology), Ariana Sampson (Senior, Liberal Arts)
Faculty and Staff Discussants: Jeff Mallory (Multicultural Affairs), Darius Prier (Education)
This event requires your RSVP. Register online.
This year’s conversation about race and pedagogy at a predominantly white university will include a panel discussion featuring students, who will address the learning climate at Duquesne as it relates to race and racism. The students and faculty and staff discussants will then involve the audience in a conversation about the challenges of race talk in the classroom, including strategies for avoiding and approaching microaggressive behaviors.
Workshop developed by the Center for Teaching Excellence and co-sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Affairs.
|4:30pm to 5:30pm||Break|
|5:30pm to 7:00pm||
The Elsinore Bennu Common Ground Gathering
Moderator: Dr. Norman Conti, McAnulty College of Liberal Arts
Special Guests: Leon Ford, Jr. and Chief of Police Cameron McLay
This event brings people together from different perspectives in order to find consensus points for dealing with the complicated intersection of race and criminal justice. It is offered in the spirit of love, honesty, and common sense, all of which are essential for police work with the community.
|7:00pm to 9:00pm||
Participatory Student Dialogue: Campus Culture
Facilitators: Lisa Mutooni (Sophomore, Pharmacy Major) and Dr. John Rief (Department of Communication & Rhetorical Studies)
This dialogue is about giving space for students to share their experiences with campus culture; in particular the ways in which race and ethnicity impact, shape, structure, and affect our daily interactions on campus. Participants will be given the opportunity to listen and learn from one another as a student panel facilitates thoughtful conversation.