The recent incidents in Ferguson, Mo., and New York City have galvanized a range of emotions and discussions regarding the community’s interaction with the police. In response, Clayton State University will host a town hall meeting on “Police and Community Interaction Post Ferguson” on Thursday, Feb. 5, at 7 p.m. in the Student Activities Center Ballrooms B & C for students, faculty, staff, community, and local leaders to openly and honestly discuss their thoughts, perspectives, and feelings.
Additionally, there will be an opportunity for participants to collectively identify some practical strategies and action steps aimed to foster mutually empathic relationships between the community and police. A reception will follow immediately in the Laker Lounge in the Student Activities Center.
Panel members will include: Blair Fortson, former president of the National Association for the Advancement of Color People (NAACP) Clayton State Chapter, Mike Glanton, State Representative District 75, Dr. Lisa Holland-Davis, Clayton State faculty and director for the Center for Community and Social Justice, Kem Kimbrough, former Clayton County sheriff and Clayton State lecturer in Legal Studies, and Lakiesa Rawlinson, Clayton State associate director for Campus Life. The panel discussion will be moderated by Dr. Rafik Mohamad, professor of Sociology and chair for the Clayton State Department of Social Sciences.
This event is a collaboration between the Clayton State Division of Student Affairs’ Departments of Campus Life, Counseling and Psychological Services, and Housing and Residence Life; the Departments of Psychology and Social Sciences; the Clayton State Office of Public Safety; and the Center for Community and Social Justice.
For more information regarding this event, contact Rawlinson at firstname.lastname@example.org or (678) 466-5421.