ECCE Speaker Series: The Status of Black Lives Matter: A Shift in Policy, Culture, Justice, and Reform
From Cody Pope
As part of Black History Month, this panel discussion will encourage students and the general audience to learn about the societal issues that inform and led to the formation and evolution of the Black Lives Matter Movement. This event will help students recognize their social responsibility by highlighting issues related to policing, healthcare, housing, and other economic disparities in the African American community, in twenty-first century America.
Tessica Dooley is an Assistant Professor of Legal Studies at the University of Illinois Springfield. She also serves as Director of the Pre-Law Center. She has been a licensed attorney for 14 years, and is recognized for excellence in her area of practice, Employee Benefits law. She holds a Juris Doctor degree from the William H. Bowen School of Law, and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Central Arkansas. Her dedication to social justice and racial equity is evidenced by her engagement, encouragement, and mentoring of first-generation college students, as well as community initiatives that bring light to racial inequalities.
Ty Dooley is an Associate Professor at the University of Illinois Springfield. He holds a Ph.D. in Public Policy from the University of Arkansas, a Master’s Degree in Political Science from the University of Memphis, and he received his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Central Arkansas. Dr. Dooley’s research areas include: social justice, critical race, social equity and community development. Previously, Dr. Dooley has served on the faculty at the University of Central Arkansas, the University of Memphis, and at the University of Texas at Dallas.
Justin J. Rose is the Director of Diversity and Inclusion at the University of Illinois Springfield. Justin holds a master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Illinois Springfield. Rose is in progress of obtaining a doctoral degree (Ed.D), in Higher Education, at the University of Illinois Champaign Urbana. As a researcher, educator and scholar-practitioner in the areas of Race, Culture and Justice within higher education, Rose employs Critical Race Theory; Multicultural Education; Student-Development Theory; Education Policy & Organizational Leadership; & Persistence and Retention for Historically Underrepresented Groups into his daily work/purpose. As an active community member/activist back at home in Chicago, and currently in Springfield, Rose has been recognized by many organizations for his commitment to service. Rose, is a proud member of Alpha Phi Alpha, Fraternity, Inc. and holds numerous affiliations/membership in organizations of distinction.
Tiffani Saunders is a lecturer in the departments of Sociology/Anthropology and African American Studies at UIS. Her research and teaching interests include race and ethnicity, family, mental health, African American dance, and African American comedy. She is also engaged in public sociology-using the theories and methods of the discipline to engage the surrounding community, including co-facilitating an anti-racism book club with area teachers and coordinating the Hip Hop Xpress for the Springfield area (grant-funded project).