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About the Series and Hosts

Series Organizers

This below list includes both current and past organizers.

Support also from: Thinh Ly (Zoom Support, Videographer, ATI), Pamela Crosson (Administrative Support, History Department), Parker Brooks (Zoom Support), Sara Garcia (Zoom Support), Jaquai Patterson (Videographer), Claudia Tristan (Website Design), Karina Rodarte, Patrick Klein, Berenice Chavez, Jesse Quinonez (Video Editors).


Mary Texeira

After a career in California law enforcement, Dr. Mary Texeira was recently appointed to emerita status following a nearly 30-year adventure as professor of sociology at California State University San Bernardino. Her areas of research, service, and teaching meet at the intersection of race, gender, and the criminal justice system. She is a past recipient of the CSUSB Golden Apple Award for excellence in university teaching and a founding member of CoRP.

Michael German

I am Mike German, a fellow with the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU Law School. I previously served sixteen years as an FBI special agent, which included assignments working undercover in white supremacist and far-right militia groups. This experience gave me unique insight into how racism influences law enforcement, the criminal justice system, and our society more generally, which has informed my advocacy and scholarship at the ACLU and the Brennan Center. I was pleased to be invited to participate in the Conversations on Race and Policing (CoRP) forum, where leading scholars, practitioners, and advocates for criminal justice reform can share their knowledge.

Amber Broaden

Amber Broaden, MA in Legal and Forensic Psychology from UC Irvine, is an Adjunct Lecturer within the psychology department at California State University, Dominguez Hills, and California State University, San Bernardino. With over a decade of experience in healthcare and justice reform, Amber's commitment to community engagement and advocacy is exemplified by her contributions to healthcare access, criminal justice reform, and HIV/AIDS advocacy. She is a published author and a respected speaker at various forums, promoting awareness and positive change. Amber's passion for education, coupled with her extensive experience and expertise, continues to inspire, and empower students and communities alike. As a Black woman, I am honored to join the Conversations on Race and Policing (CoRP) forum, aiming to ignite change in underserved communities nationwide, fostering enlightenment on issues affecting Black and Brown communities and inspiring viewers to initiate local change in America.

George "Matt" Patino

My name is Matt Patino, and I am an Adjunct Instructor of History at Crafton Hills College and a graduate of the California State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB) Master of Arts in History program. My area of research is 20th-century U.S. History (post-WWII), emphasizing race in public policy. While at CSUSB I was part of the department’s History in the Making journal, and I plan to continue researching and writing for academic journals. In addition, I am a former police officer, which drew me to join the Conversations on Race and Policing (CoRP) forum. I have been inspired and encouraged by the organizers and presenters of the forum, and I hope to incorporate their voices into my work.

Robie Madrigal

Robie Madrigal has served Cal State San Bernardino for more than twenty years.  He was a communications advisor and speechwriter for CSUSB's third president, Dr. Albert K. Karnig.  In that role, Robie worked closely with local elected officials, faith-based leaders, heads of community organizations, and business executives, among other key Inland region stakeholders.

A founding organizer of the Conversations on Race and Policing series, Robie currently serves as a public affairs specialist for the John M. Pfau Library.  He is a member of the Native American Heritage Month Planning Committee, the Black History Month Planning Committee, the Hispanic Heritage Month Planning Committee, the Asian Pacific Islander Desi American Heritage Month Planning Committee, and the Arab American History Month Planning Committee.  He also engages with other campus-based affinity groups.

In 2023, he received the Lorraine Frost Ally Award—one of the campus's highest honors awarded to individuals who demonstrate a sustained commitment to true allyship.

Robie is an alumnus of San Francisco State University and Cal State San Bernardino, with a bachelor's degree in history and an advanced degree in public administration.  He also holds a professional certificate in crisis communication planning from Cornell University. 

Marlo Brooks

I am Marlo Brooks, and a senior studying English at CSUSB. In addition to co-hosting the Conversations on Race and Policing, during my senior year, I ran for public office for City Council of San Bernardino, sat as President of the Student African American Brotherhood (SAAB), and have written and finished my very own first novel. As a father, and a young black man, I am honored to be a part of these amazing conversations as I seek to spark change in underserved communities across this nation. (2021)

Jeremy Murray

Jeremy Murray teaches and writes about modern China, and has published work on Hainan island, Asian cultural traditions, and pop culture.  He is currently the faculty coordinator of the CSUSB Master of Arts in History Program. With Tiffany Jones, he is faculty advisor for the award-winning student-run history journal, History in the Making.  He coordinates the CSUSB Modern China Lecture Series and helps coordinate the CSUSB Conversations on Race and Policing. His books include China's Lonely Revolution: The Local Communist Movement of Hainan Island, 1926-1956 (SUNY, 2017), Asian Cultural Traditions (with Carolyn Brown Heinz, Waveland, 2019), and China Tripping: Encountering the Everyday in the People's Republic (with Perry Link and Paul Pickowicz, Rowman & Littlefield, 2019). He was a Wilson Center China Fellow for the 2022-23 year.

Connie Joscelyn Cornejo

I am Connie Joscelyn Cornejo, a first-generation Mexican-American. I am currently a Senior at CSUSB majoring in Business Administration with a concentration in Management. I am working towards becoming a criminal justice attorney. My ambition is to fight for those who are wrongfully convicted. Every day my family inspires me to fight against injustices and to help those in need of help. I aim to inspire those who have a voice to speak up for the voiceless, and to make a difference. (2022)

Zoralynn Oglesby

My name is Zoralynn Oglesby, and I am a Junior here at California State University, San Bernardino, studying Political Science with a minor in Pre-Law. I aspire to one day become a Civil Rights Attorney to fight for justice for Black and Brown people that are the victims of Police Brutality, those wrongly convicted and falsely imprisoned. I joined this series of Conversations on Race and Policing to be a small part of a significant discussion that desperately needs to occur across America. I hope that the series enlightens our viewers on the issues in America that affect the Black and Brown community, and encourage our viewers to enact change in America, starting with the local community. (2022)

Jade McDonald

My name is Jade McDonald and I’m a fourth-year Sociology major at CSUSB with hopes to work in Social Services and Community Organizing to advocate for disadvantaged communities. I began working with the Conversations on Race and Policing series because of my involvement with the organization Students for Quality Education. It is important for discussions around racial injustice and policing to occur on university campuses because racial injustice exists even within the CSU system. The series allows students and community members to be aware of the things that affect BIPOC communities across universities and the country and can push people to fight for a safer environment for BIPOC communities. (2022)