Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences 2019: Justice, Human Rights, & Activism

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Minorities and Women Section Sponsored Panels

When Will Women Offenders Become Part of the ‘Me Too’ Movement?

Panel 127. Wednesday, March 27, 2018 3:30 to 4:45 p.m.

Tarana Burke founded the ‘Me Too’ Movement to help survivors of sexual violence, particularly women of Color from low wealth communities.  Me Too inspired thousands of sexual assault survivors to speak out publicly and it was the impetus for the viral social media hashtag, Me Too.  Women offenders report high rates of sexual victimization prior to becoming justice-involved and high rates of sexual victimization behind bars.  This is especially troubling for women of Color because of their disproportionate contact with the criminal justice system. This roundtable will discuss the obstacles of participating in the Me Too Movement for justice-involved women.

Rosemary L. Gido, Indiana University of Pennsylvania; Allison M. Cotton, Metro State University of Denver; Kimberly D. Dodson, University of Houston-Clear Lake; and Doshie Piper, University of the Incarnate Word

Activist Scholars: Is the Academy on the Verge of a Paradigm Shift?

Panel 138. Wednesday, March 27, 2018 3:30 to 4:45 p.m.

Criminology has reached a critical research juncture where objectivity and activism have collided.  Objectivity requires researchers to keep a distance from what they study, which decreases the likelihood of bias. Activist research is about using or doing research that changes the material conditions for people and places. Proponents of activist research argue such research has the potential to lead to better outcomes, including a deeper and more thorough empirical and theoretical understanding of the problem being studied. The purpose of this roundtable is to explore whether the Academy is ready to embrace the ideological shift from objectivity to activism.

Kimberly D. Dodson, University of Houston-Clear Lake; Nishaun Battle, Virginia State University; Lorenzo Boyd, University of Maryland Eastern Shore; Kareem L. Jordan, American University and Jason M. Williams, Montclair State University; Sean Wilson, William Paterson University

Immigration in the Trump Era: Seeking Positive Justice Outcomes for Undocumented Immigrants

Panel 140. Wednesday, March 27, 2018 3:30 to 4:45 p.m.

The Trump Administration has been sharply criticized for their immigration policies, particularly the separation of young children from their parents at the U.S. border.  Anti-immigration rhetoric coming from the White House lends credence to several myths surrounding immigrants ranging from their propensity for criminal behavior to exacerbating financial burdens of government assistance programs.  However, empirical evidence refutes these claims and such rhetoric fuels misperceptions about undocumented immigrants. This roundtable examines the myths and misconceptions about undocumented immigrants that includes personal accounts of immigration experiences in the United States.

Heather Alaniz, University of Houston-Clear Lake; LeAnn N. Cabage, Kennesaw State University; Anthony A. Peguero, Virginia Tech; Frances P. Bernat, Texas A&M International University

 ‘Separate and Unequal’: Racial and Gender Inequalities in Tenure Decisions

Panel 233. Thursday, March 28, 2018 12:30 to 1:45 p.m.

Academics lament tenure decisions typically hinge on the amount of research they produce few will read, whether students like them, and the number of committees they chair that fail to accomplish anything.  Women often do not receive the same level of mentorship as men during the tenure process and faculty of Color receive less mentorship than their White peers.  In addition, Black women are greatly disadvantaged because they experience “double jeopardy,” that is, not being white or male. The purpose of this roundtable is to examine the racial and gender inequalities women and minorities face in negotiating the tenure process.

Robert L. Bing, University of Texas at Arlington; Michael D. Bush, Northern Kentucky University; and Janice O. Joseph, Stockton University

Building Trust and Community: Can ‘Black Lives’ and ‘Blue Lives’ Coexist?

Panel 237. Thursday, March 28, 2018 12:30 to 1:45 p.m.

The recent shooting of Bontham Jean by former Dallas police officer Amber Guyer highlights the mistrust between Black communities and police.  Many social media users expressed skepticism and outrage about Guyer’s version of the events that led to the shooting.  In the wake of these events, police agencies often find themselves on the defense because of how shootings like this have played out historically.  This roundtable examines factors that contribute to mistrust of police and suggestions for improving police-community relations.

Chenelle Jones, Franklin University; Jennifer Wyatt Bourgeois, Texas Southern University; Robert A. Brown, North Carolina Central University; Meghan Hollis, Texas State University; and Veronyka James, Shenandoah University

Teaching Justice ‘Naked’: How a Flipped Classroom Facilitates Learning

Panel 250. Thursday, March 28, 2018, 3:30 to 4:45 p.m. 

The concept of teaching ‘naked’ is based on the work of José Bowen. As Bowen notes, “the greatest value of a physical university will continue to be its provision of face-to-face (naked) interaction between faculty and students.” This roundtable focuses on teaching justice in the flipped (naked) classroom. Flipping a classroom is essential when teaching subjects that challenge students biases. The members of the roundtable will discuss ways in which they teach justice in the classroom and the various activities they utilize. The members also will engage with audience members to discuss best practices.

 LeAnn N. Cabage, Kennesaw State University, Nishaun Battle, Virginia State University; Kimberly D. Dodson, University of Houston-Clear Lake; and Jason M. Williams, Montclair State University

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