Policed Bodies: A Community Conversation on Race, Disability, and Justice Friday, April 16, 1:00 pm – Saturday, April 17, 1:00 pm

A two-day conversation on issues of race, disability, and justice in the policing of bodies in communities and schools. Bringing together national experts, community activists, and local stakeholders, this event centers transformational, citizen-led reform of policing and public safety through critical dialogue and practice. Presented by The Lender Center for Social JusticeThe Center on Disability and Inclusion, and The Landscape of Urban Education Lecture Series.

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Free and open to the public; registration required. Communication Access Realtime Translation (CART) live captioning and American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation will be provided.


Friday, April 16: 1-6 p.m.

1-2:15 p.m.: Keynote with Monique W. Morris, Ed.D.

Monique Morris Ed.D.

Monique W. Morris, Ed.D. is an award-winning author and social justice scholar with three decades of experience in the areas of education, civil rights, juvenile and social justice. Her research intersects race, gender, education and justice to explore the ways in which Black communities, and other communities of color, are uniquely affected by social policies.

She is the executive producer and co-writer of the 2019 documentary film PUSHOUT: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools, based on her books Sing A Rhythm, Dance A Blues: Education for the Liberation of Black and Brown Girls (The New Press, 2019) and Pushout: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools (The New Press, 2016). She is also the author of Black Stats: African Americans by the Numbers in the Twenty-First Century (The New Press, 2014) and Too Beautiful for Words (MWM Books, 2012). She worked with Kemba Smith on her book, Poster Child: The Kemba Smith Story (IBJ Book Publishing, 2011) and has authored dozens of articles exploring race, gender, justice, and education.

Morris is the Founder and President of the National Black Women’s Justice Institute, an organization that works to interrupt school-to-confinement pathways for girls, reduce the barriers to employment for formerly incarcerated women, and increase the capacity of organizations working to reduce sexual assault and domestic violence in African American communities. Her work has been profiled by MSNBC, CSPAN2, The Washington Post, TED, The New York TimesEssence MagazineNPR, and PBS, among other media outlets. She also frequently lectures on the life and legacy of the artist Prince.

2:30-4 p.m.: Panel on Policing and Reform Initiatives in Black and Brown Communities

  • Moderator: Yusuf S. Abdul-Qadir, lead organizer, Syracuse Police Accountability and Reform Coalition; product policy manager, Facebook
  • Brandon D. Anderson, founder of RAHEEM
  • Ashley Gantt, organizer, New York Civil Liberties Union
  • Talina Jones, chair, New York State Early Intervention Coordinating Council

4:15-5:45 p.m.: Panel on Policing Bodies in Schools

  • Moderator: Shukri Mohamed, senior history and peace and global studies major, LeMoyne College
  • Moderator: Sarhia Rahim, senior, Syracuse Academy of Science
  • Federico R. Waitoller, associate professor, College of Education, University of Illinois Chicago
  • Subini Annamma, associate professor, Graduate School of Education, Stanford University
  • Jesse Hagopian, educator and author; organizer, Black Lives Matter at School movement

5:45-6 p.m.: Closing Remarks


Saturday, April 17: 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

10-11:15 a.m.: Community Conversation on Community Engagement and Action

  • Moderator: Yusuf S. Abdul-Qadir, lead organizer, Syracuse Police Accountability and Reform Coalition; product policy manager, Facebook
  • Jimmy Oliver, director of community engagement, Syracuse Police Department
  • Larry Williams, CEO, Syracuse Community Connections
  • Talina Jones, chair, New York State Early Intervention Coordinating Council
  • Twiggy Billue, National Action Network Syracuse
  • Jessica Elliott, director of programs, Dunbar Association, Inc; doctoral student, Maxwell School
  • Yahkeef Davis, data scientist; organizer, Black Lives Matter Syracuse

11:20 a.m.-12:05 p.m.: Breakout Room Conversations

Participants will be invited to breakout rooms to continue the conversation regarding the future of community policing.

12:05-12:30 p.m.: Report Out/Closing

Register for Policed Bodies

Please note, if you register on Thursday 4/15 or later, you may not receive your Zoom attendee information until the hour before the event. If you register after the event has started, we will get you the Zoom information as soon as possible.