Virtual event on policing, racism is Oct. 13

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October 1, 2020

The Academy in Action will present the virtual event "Policing and Racism" on October 13, 2020 from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

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We’ll be joined by these academic experts and community leaders:

  • Dr. 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 racialized police violence.
  • Leo Yankton, a local activist and member of the Lakota nation.
  • Dr. Anne Hobbs, Director of the Juvenile Justice Institute at University of Nebraska–Omaha, whic seeks to improve and promote best practices in the juvenile criminal justice system.

Academy in Action, created by the group unrulysociologists, is a group of graduate students in the Department of Sociology that bridges 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 their 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," Rosalind Kichler, graduate student and chair of Unrulysociologists, said. "We hope to host more events on other social issues in the future." 

Unrulysociologists is a group of individuals using the information and skills that they have developed through their lived experiences, education, and interaction with others for the good of many. They consider it their duty as action-oriented social scientists to support social justice efforts to the best of their ability. They provide an umbrella for members to share expertise and passion on their focal topics and gain strength from collective efforts, helping each other do more than any could do alone.