Student dialogue will take the center stage when the university’s Conversations on Race and Policing presents its second program for the fall semester, “Roundtable, Policing, the Pandemic and the Return to Campus: Students Weigh-in.”

The program will take place at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 14, on Zoom and is free and open to the public. It can be accessed from a PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android at

This roundtable will center on student voices and matters related to the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on the lives of the campus community. Joining the conversation will be faculty moderators Mike Chao (biology) and Elsa Valdez (sociology).

Conversations on Race and Policing, also known as CoRP, began in the aftermath of the May 25, 2020, death of George Floyd while in the custody of four Minneapolis, Minn., police officers. A video of the incident posted on social media led to widespread protests, the firing of four police officers, the arrest and conviction of one officer on a second-degree murder and related charges, the other three on charges of aiding and abetting second-degree murder – and a spotlight worldwide on race and policing.

The series has featured scholars, journalists, law enforcement officers, lawyers, activists, artists, educators, administrators and others from throughout the nation who shared their experience and expertise on issues related to race and policing.

More than 40 forums have taken place, and video recordings of the sessions are posted online on the Conversations on Race and Policing Lecture Series Archive.

The series is organized by CSUSB students Marlo Brooks, Zoralynn Oglesby, Evelyn Jimenez, Jade McDonald, Jaime Castro and Connie Cornejo; Mary Texeira, CSUSB professor of sociology; Jeremy Murray, CSUSB associate professor of history; Robie Madrigal, public affairs/communication specialist for the CSUSB John M. Pfau Library; and community member Stan Futch, president of the Westside Action Group. 

More conversations are scheduled for the fall semester and include:

    • Tuesday, Sept. 21, at 1 p.m.: Dr. Allison Monterosa (Cal State San Marcos) and Sophia Davis (United Nations International School), “The Impact of the Carceral State on the Lives of African American Women”;
    • Tuesday, Oct. 5, at 1 p.m.: Dr. Daniel Widener (UC San Diego), “An Art for Both My Peoples: Visual Cultures of Black/Brown Unity”;
    • Tuesday, Oct. 19, at 1 p.m.: Dr. Angela Hattery (University of Delaware) and Dr. Earl Smith (George Mason University), “Policing Black Bodies”; and
    • Tuesday, Nov. 2, at 1 p.m.: Dr. Joseph Darda (Texas Christian University), “The Whiteness of Blue Lives: Race in American Policing.”

For more information, contact Robie Madrigal at or Jeremy Murray at

Also visit the Conversations on Race and Policing webpage.