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St. Catherine University Social Justice Symposium schedule

The St. Catherine University’s Diversity Council presents the 2010 Social Justice Symposium, "Accelerating Effective, Progressive Action in Minnesota Schools: Educational Strategies and Solutions to Prepare Black Male Students for Success," Oct. 11 and 12.

All programs are free and open to the public and are on the St. Paul campus of St. Catherine University, 2004 Randolph Avenue. For more information or questions, email or call the University's Office of Student Affairs at 651-690-6778.

Monday, Oct. 11

Panel and discussion
"Thinking Anew, Acting Anew: Competencies for engaging and empowering black youth in Minnesota classrooms"
3 p.m., Rauenhorst Hall, 3rd floor, Coeur de Catherine

Panelists:
Frank Hernandez, Ph.D., Chair of the Department of Continuing Studies, Partnerships and Strategic Initiatives, Hamline University
Keith Hardy, St. Paul Public Schools Board of Education
Michael Baynes, associate director of student life, St. Catherine University, Minneapolis
Deborah Churchill, associate professor of liberal arts and program director of the Associate of Arts program, St. Catherine University, Minneapolis
Heather Jackson, outreach coordinator, Multicultural and International Programs and Services Office, St. Catherine University
Tony Murphy, Ph.D., executive director of the National Center for STEM Elementary Education at St. Catherine University

Panel and discussion
"Minnesota School to Prison Pipeline: Abolishing the Criminalization of Being Young, Black and Male"
7:00 p.m., Jeanne d’Arc Auditorium, Whitby Hall

Panelists:
Nekima Levy-Pounds, Esq., Associate Professor of Law and Director, Community Justice Project University of St. Thomas School of Law, St. Paul
Roger Banks, Research Analyst, Council on Black Minnesotans, St. Paul
Fred Easter, President and CEO, The City Inc., Minneapolis
Danny Givens, Case Advocate, The African American Men’s Project, Minneapolis

Panel Moderator:
Nancy A. Heitzeg, Ph.D., Professor of Sociology and Critical Studies of Race and Ethnicity, St. Catherine University

Tuesday, Oct. 12

Film screening
“Team Work Makes the Dream Work,” the Call Me MISTER Project
1:30-2:30 p.m., Rauenhorst Hall, Coeur de Catherine

Panel and discussion
"A 21st Century Civil Rights Issue: Overcoming Institutional Defeat of Black Male Students in Minnesota Schools"
3 p.m., Rauenhorst Hall

Panelists:
Kevin Bennett, Principal, Fair School Downtown Minneapolis and Fair School, Crystal
BraVada Garrett-Akinsanya, Ph.D., LP, Clinical Psychologist, Executive Director, African American Child Wellness Institute, Minneapolis
Roy I. Jones, Ed.D., Executive Director, Call Me MISTER, Clemson University, Clemson, SC
Eric Mahmoud, President and CEO, Best Academy; Seed Academy; Harvest Preparatory School, Minneapolis
Tommy Watson, Principal Palmer Lake Elementary School, Brooklyn Park

Panel Moderator:
Mahmoud El-Kati, Professor of History, Macalester College, St. Paul

Keynote Address
"The Transformational Power of Preparing Black Male Elementary Teachers for America’s Classrooms"
7 p.m., Jeanne d’Arc Auditorium

Roy I. Jones, Ed.D., National Executive Director, Call Me MISTER
Clemson University, Clemson, SC

Sponsored by:
Twin Cities Teacher Collaborative (TC2); Dismantling Racism Working Group of the Justice Commission of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet and Consociates; and St. Catherine University’s Multicultural & International Programs and Services (MIPS), Academic Community Development Committee, and the Office of Student Affairs.

Contact Office of Student Affairs, (651) 690-6778

Sep. 22, 2010 by Julie Michener