The tentative conference presentations are as follows:
Women in Criminal Justice: Balancing Work, Family, & Life
Many perceive the modern woman as a super heroine, but is it really possible? As criminal justice professionals, this is asked of us every day. This energetic and interactive workshop will focus on balancing the demands of being a working woman, the many challenges of family life and how we as nurturers, sometime forget to nurture ourselves. Working in a criminal justice setting can produce many adverse effects on one’s health at a higher rate than those in non-criminal justice settings.
This session will discuss how and why it is critically important to focus on personal wellness. In the day-to-day grind, do you take time to care for the most important being in your life, yourself? Can you invest some time today for the individual who makes the seemingly impossible, possible? We’ll take time to rediscover who you are and the great gifts you have.
Presented by Marva Malone-Lyles MSW, LCSW - Connecticut DOC, Health Services Unit
We Belong/We Belong Too: Empowering Youth through Leadership
The “We Belong/We Belong Too Empowering Youth through Leadership” program was created to help at-risk Boston teens gain key leadership skills that will allow them to be productive members of their communities. The youth in the program come from low income communities plagued with violence, gangs, drugs, and other obstacles that push them away from their success. These youth rarely get the opportunity to participate in programs that help maximize their potential to create promising futures or careers.
The purpose of this workshop is to discuss the main objectives of the program including providing mentoring, life skills, academic tutoring, workforce development, and leadership skills to the youth. The workshop will provide an overview of the history, operations, and outcomes of the program. This workshop will also discuss how this program has allowed the youth to see the officers behind the badge and the opportunity to engage with officers to understand that they too are members of the community that care about them and their well-being.
Presented by Officer Nicole Grant & Officer Jeffrey Lopes - Boston Police Department, Bureau of Community Engagement
The Face of Criminal Justice is Changing
This workshop will focus on how technology and social media are defining law enforcement. As seasoned law enforcement officers we need to understand the value younger officers bring to the job in this area as we begin to mentor them in the law enforcement culture toward upward mobility. Younger law enforcement officers will be able to assist more senior personnel in understanding communication practices and techniques within the communities we are responsible for serving and protecting. Through this workshop we will learn mentoring is not just a give and take process, but rather a truly joint endeavor.
Presented by Detective Renee Payne-Callender - Boston Police Department, Crimes Against Children/CyberCrimes Task Force/ICAC Task Force/CETF
‘Collaboration without Co-optation’: Building Social Justice Policies, Practices, and Outcomes from within the Criminal Justice System
Scholars, citizens and many practitioners agree the American system of criminal justice - while having many positive attributes - also has room for much needed improvement. The current national narrative calls upon us to ask critical questions: Does the system suffer from an ‘institutionalized’ bias toward citizens of color? And, do status quo punitive responses eclipse our collective ability to embrace a social justice model of social control?
This workshop will consider these questions by addressing the underlying public policies which, in the words of Professor Michelle Alexander, have created a ‘new Jim Crow….in the age of colorblindness’. Moreover, it will consider the challenges faced by people of color whose careers within the law enforcement, judicial and corrections communities may seem dependent upon accepting practices which are counterintuitive to social justice, or which express an implicit - and sometimes explicit - bias toward communities of color.
Presented by David A. Lanoie, J.D. - Greenfield Community College, Coordinator of Criminal Justice Programs
Civil Rights Law 101 – Know Your Rights in the Workplace
As we mentor new employees, it’s critical that we teach them about their civil rights at work so we can help them navigate difficult situations with their co-workers and supervisors. In this workshop, we will cover the basics of civil rights law in employment so that individuals may know their own rights and share this with younger and newer colleagues.
Presented by Jeremy Scheiner & Ashley Cain - Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination