Academy in Action examines policing, racism

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Academy in Action examines policing, racism


The Academy in Action will present the virtual event, “Policing and Racism,” at 4 p.m. Oct. 13. The event is free and open to the public.

Please register to join the event.

The event will feature the following academic experts and community leaders:

  • Jeannette Jones, professor of history, ethnic studies, and women and gender studies at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.

  • Black Leaders Movement, a local organization that emerged this summer to organize and lead protests against police violence.

  • Leo Yankton, a local activist and member of the Lakota nation.

  • Anne Hobbs, director of the Juvenile Justice Institute at University of Nebraska at Omaha, which seeks to improve and promote best practices in the juvenile criminal justice system.

Academy in Action is led by the Unrulysociologists, a group of graduate students in the Department of Sociology that aims to bridge academic knowledge with action through the power of stories and connections with on-the-ground change-makers. Their aim is to inspire students at Nebraska to take action within the local community.

“At our event, attendees will learn about the problem, hear stories shared by community members directly impacted by racist policing, and receive guidance on how to get involved to stop police racism,” said Rosalind Kichler, graduate student and chair of Unrulysociologists. “We hope to host more events on other social issues in the future.”

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