CSUSB’s conversation on race and policing continues on June 24 on Zoom

By Staff Reports

(Victor Valley)– The ongoing campus and community dialogue on race and policing will continue on Wednesday, June 24, 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, to be held on Zoom, will begin 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. The hosts and panelists will examine policing, racial justice, and potential actions to promote greater equity in the local community.

Scheduled panelists are:

  • Stan Futch, president, Westside Action Group;
  • Don Griggs, counsel and historian, Westside Action Group, San Bernardino;
  • Gwen Dowdy-Rodgers, president, San Bernardino City Unified School District Board of Education; and
  • Elsa Valdez, CSUSB professor of sociology and former San Bernardino City Unified School District board member.

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 will mark the fourth panel discussion and conversation in the series and it comes 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.

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.

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, and “Conversations on Race and Policing (3), CSUSB Panel Presentation and Discussion,” can be viewed on YouTube. The university’s June 9 memorial for Floyd also focused on the Black Lives Matter movement.

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

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