5th discussion in Conversations on Race and Policing series set for July 1 on Zoom

By Staff Reports

(Victor Valley)– The ongoing campus and community dialogue on race and policing will continue on Wednesday, July 1, when the John M. Pfau Library presents “Conversations on Race and Policing: A Student-Hosted Panel Discussion with Students, Campus Guests and Faculty.”

The discussion, the fifth in the series, will be on Zoom at 4 p.m. The program can be accessed on Zoom from a PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android at https://csusb.zoom.us/j/97960458784.

Join this unique dialogue between CSUSB and community leaders from San Bernardino. This week’s program will also include panelists from Massachusetts and Texas, helping to provide a national perspective.

The hosts and panelists will examine policing, racial justice, and potential actions to promote greater equity in the local community.

Scheduled panelists are:

  • Annika Anderson, CSUSB assistant professor of sociology;
  • Michael Sierra-Arévalo, assistant professor of sociology, University of Texas at Austin;
  • Lilliana Gallegos, CSUSB associate professor of communication studies; and
  • Daniel Gascón, CSUSB alumnus and assistant professor of sociology, University of Massachusetts, Boston.

CSUSB students Marlo Brooks, Kameron Pyant and Yvette Relles-Powell will host the event. The series is organized by CSUSB faculty members Mary Texeira (sociology) and Marc Robinson and Jeremy Murray (history), and Robie Madrigal, public affairs/communication specialist for the CSUSB John M. Pfau Library.

This series of discussions and conversations began in the aftermath of the May 25 death of George Floyd while in the custody of four Minneapolis, Minn., police officers. A video of the incident posted on social media has led to widespread protests, the firing of four police officers, the arrest of one officer on a second-degree murder charge, the other three on charges of aiding and abetting second-degree murder – and a spotlight worldwide on race and policing.

Previous forums, “Race and Policing, A Panel Presentation and CSUSB Campus Conversation” on June 3, “Conversations on Race and Policing (2), CSUSB Panel Presentation and Discussion” on June 10, “Conversations on Race and Policing (3), CSUSB Panel Presentation and Discussion,” and “Conversations on Race and Policing (4), CSUSB Panel Presentation and Discussion” on June 24 can be viewed on YouTube.

On June 16 the College of Arts and Letters presented “Structural Racism, Civil Disobedience, and the Road to Racial Justice in the Age of COVID-19,” which is also posted on YouTube.

The university’s June 9 memorial for Floyd also focused on the Black Lives Matter movement.

For information, contact Robie Madrigal at rmadriga@csusb.edu) or Jeremy Murray at jmurray@csusb.edu.

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