The ongoing campus and community dialogue on race and policing will continue on Wednesday, July 8, when the John M. Pfau Library presents “Conversations on Race and Policing: A Student-Hosted Panel Discussion with Students, Campus Guests and Faculty.”

The discussion, the sixth in the series, will be on Zoom at 4 p.m. The program can be accessed on Zoom from a PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android at

Join this unique dialogue between CSUSB and community leaders from San Bernardino. The hosts and panelists will examine policing, racial justice, and potential actions to promote greater equity in the local community.

The scheduled panelists will be:

  • Diana Johnson, CSUSB assistant professor of history;
  • Marlo Brooks, CSUSB student;
  • Francesca Polletta, professor of sociology, University of California, Irvine;
  • Chache Wright, president of NAACP San Bernardino Branch; and
  • Dr. Elsa Valdez, CSUSB professor of sociology.

CSUSB students Marlo Brooks, Kameron Pyant and Yvette Relles-Powell will host the event. The series is organized by CSUSB faculty members Mary Texeira (sociology) and Marc Robinson and Jeremy Murray (history), and Robie Madrigal, public affairs/communication specialist for the CSUSB John M. Pfau Library.

This series of discussions and conversations began in the aftermath of the May 25 death of George Floyd while in the custody of four Minneapolis, Minn., police officers. A video of the incident posted on social media has led to widespread protests, the firing of four police officers, the arrest of one officer on a second-degree murder charge, the other three on charges of aiding and abetting second-degree murder – and a spotlight worldwide on race and policing.

Previous forums also are posted online:

On June 16 the College of Arts and Letters presented “Structural Racism, Civil Disobedience, and the Road to Racial Justice in the Age of COVID-19,” which is also posted on YouTube.

The university’s June 9 memorial for Floyd also focused on the Black Lives Matter movement.

For information, contact Robie Madrigal at or Jeremy Murray at