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The Impact of Race on Policing Panel Available Online

The Center for Diversity and Inclusion hosted an online panel, “The Impact of Race on Policing,” at 12 p.m. on Sept. 8, 2020.

 

Access the Recording Here

 

A number of students and others in the Truman community have voiced concern about the topic, and the panel was formed in response to events from across the country in recent weeks and throughout the summer.

Elizabeth Wiles, assistant professor of justice systems, and Bertha Thomas, diversity and inclusion consultant, will serve as moderators. The panel will feature three guest speakers and two student panelists. Each participant will speak for 5-7 minutes. Panelists will also respond to chat box questions as well as to one another’s remarks.

Alumna Danielle (Tolson) Cooper, associate professor of criminal justice and the director of research at the Tow Youth Justice Institute at the University of New Haven, will give keynote remarks focusing on “Police Accountability and Community Engagement.”

Theo Dean, an alumnus and the current Truman’s women’s basketball coach, will reflect on the significance of major league sports team activism in response to the Jacob Blake shooting.

Arlen Egley, alumnus and associate professor of justice systems, will discuss “Research on the intersection of race and policing practices such as Stop-and-Frisk and School Resource Officers.”

Student panelists include AnRose Gaines, a senior exercise science major from Charleston, S.C., and Adaline Bray, a senior economics major from St. Louis, Mo.

Town Hall Recording Available Online

Kirk MemorialThe Truman Virtual Town Hall regarding racial injustice and inequity is now available online for students, faculty and staff who were unable to watch live.

The purpose of the town hall is to take stock of where we are currently as a University and gain a shared understanding of what we must address to accomplish institutional change. This understanding will permit us to determine the meaningful, sustained, accountable ways Truman can be the change we wish to see.

Panel members included: Brad Turnbull, interim director of the Center for Diversity & Inclusion; Jason McDonald, assistant professor of history; Theo Dean, head coach for women’s basketball; students Reece Ellis and Elana Sanders-Braxton, selected by Student Government; and Bertha Thomas, Truman’s newly hired diversity and inclusion consultant.

A recording of the town hall can be accessed here.

(This article originally appeared in the Truman Today, Vol. 24 No. 35 – July 6, 2020)

Consultant to Assist University with Diversity and Inclusion

Bertha thomasTruman has hired a consultant as part of its continuing efforts to help the University gain a shared understanding of its role in addressing racial injustice and inequity.

Bertha Thomas, former assistant dean for multicultural affairs and the Scholastic Enhancement Experience Program at Truman, will serve as a diversity and inclusion consultant.

Among her responsibilities, Thomas will work with Truman departments, faculty and staff to address student concerns and inclusion efforts. She will also serve on the search committee for the hiring of the director for the Center for Diversity and Inclusion. Additionally, Thomas plans to bring together a small group of alumni of color, faculty, staff and students for a series of virtual and in-person conversations regarding institutional change.

Read more details in the Truman Today newsletter >

Town Hall to Explore Racial Injustice and Inequity

The Truman Virtual Town Hall regarding racial injustice and inequity President Thomas mentioned in her email to students, faculty and staff, will take place at 6 p.m. June 24.

The purpose of the town hall is to take stock of where we are currently as a University and gain a shared understanding of what we must address to accomplish institutional change. This understanding will permit us to determine the meaningful, sustained, accountable ways Truman can be the change we wish to see.

See more details in the Truman Today newletter >

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Truman Implements Preferred First Name and Gender Pronoun Policy

The Preferred First Name and Gender Pronoun Policy allows faculty, staff and students to change an individual’s first names and gender pronouns in most university information systems without pursuing a legal name change.

Reasons for name changes may include transgender or gender nonconforming identities, members of our international community who wish to adopt an English language name, individuals known by names that are different from their legal names, etc.

Information on how to request a change, as well as information about what this change might mean regarding use of alternative names/pronouns, can be found HERE.

MAC Graduation Celebration

Are you a graduating senior?

Multicultural Affairs will be hosting our annual Graduation Celebration where we celebrate the graduation and achievements of our Seniors.  You and a guest are invited to join us in celebrating your graduation.  If you are planning on graduating in December, we welcome your involvement in this celebration as well!

Refreshments and finger foods will be served.  Suggested dress is business casual.

RSVP by Friday April 20th at https://diversity.truman.edu/macgrad

LGBTQ+ Graduating Seniors: RSVP for Lavender Graduation

Lavender Graduations are held on college and university campuses across the country. They serve as a space for LGBTQ+ students to celebrate their academic accomplishments with friends and family, and to present and dress as they like. This is especially meaningful for students who are transgender or gender non-conforming that cannot be themselves with their family. For this reason, these events are held the weekend before traditional graduation ceremonies. All LGBTQ+ Truman students (undergraduate and graduate) who will graduate this academic year are welcome to participate in the ceremony. Friends, family, faculty and staff, and allies are welcome to attend in support of the graduates.

Truman’s first ever #LavGrad18 will be May 6th, 2018 from 4pm-6pm in the SUB Activities room

Dress: Come dressed in what you feel most comfortable. You may wear your cap and gown if you so desire.

Light refreshments will be served at a reception after the ceremony.