Diversity Challenge 2017

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Diversity Challenge 2017 - A Look Back

The ISPRC wishes to extend our gratitude to all presenters and participants who attended the 2017 Diversity Challenge: "Race, Culture, and Criminal Justice throughout the Lifespan."  Over 100 presentations, including Invited Panels, Workshops, Symposia, Individual Presentations and Posters, helped to bring together scholars, educators, mental health practitioners and others to share ideas, research, and conversation about this important and timely topic.  Below are some images from the two-day interactive conference. 

2017 Call for Proposal

We invite proposals from educators, practitioners, researchers, and community activists in any discipline who are currently addressing criminal justice issues in any phase of the lifespan, as well as those who have theory and ideas about how to improve and reduce the need for criminal justice systems. We envision an interdisciplinary forum in which researchers, practitioners, educators, law enforcement personnel, and social activists explore a variety of perspectives and issues and interact with each other while addressing mutual concerns related to race, ethnic culture, and criminal justice defined in various ways. Potential areas of interest are mass incarceration, the school-to-prison pipeline, any aspect of the prison industrial complex or immigrant detention, and racial bias in policing and sentencing. Proposals should address the role of racial and/or ethnic cultural dynamics as criminalizing factors in society generally or in whatever aspect of the lifespan that is the focus of your proposal. Presentations should focus on developments in research, professional practice, education, community activities, or activism pertaining to race or ethnic culture and the criminal justice system. Our goal is to stimulate dialogue and action with respect to racial or ethnic cultural factors. Creative conceptual papers and models are encouraged. We will give strongest consideration to proposals that focus directly on the 2017 Diversity Challenge theme, ‘Race, Culture, and Criminal Justice throughout the Lifespan.” Specific topics might include, but are not limited to:

● The mental health impacts of racial and ethnic discrimination in policing and the prison system, education, and the community

● Racial and cultural bias in school suspensions/expulsions and involvement in the criminal justice system

● Community-based interventions addressing the effects of mass incarceration on families, neighborhoods, and/or individuals

● Creative interventions to disrupt the school-to-prison pipeline and recidivism, such as art therapy and political activism

● Exploring the connection between school racial makeup and use of “Zero Tolerance” policies

● Criminalization of behavior at different developmental stages

● Experiences of immigrants and refugees in relation to the law, detention, and deportation

● Research approaches for assessing the influence of racial and cultural bias in sentencing and jury decision making and forensic psychology

● Psychosocial costs of school discipline and legal involvement on children, adolescents, and families

● Benefits and costs to communities of Color of government criminal justice policies

● Racially and culturally sensitive law enforcement training and programs that address disparities in marginalized communities

There will definitely be a greater overall awareness of what the impacts of policies and education are on people of color and other oppressed groups.
Diversity Challenge Participant