Ronnie Dunn, executive director of diversity and associate professor of urban studies at Cleveland State University, will be the next guest speaker at Cal State San Bernardino’s series, Conversations on Race and Policing.
The program, free and open to the public, will take place at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 18 on Zoom. It can be accessed from a PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android at https://tinyurl.com/csusb-race-policing.
Dunn’s research interests include urban and social policy, racial profiling, racial inequality, the criminal justice system and issues affecting children and families living in urban areas, minority populations and the urban poor. He served as the interim chief diversity officer at Cleveland State from 2018 through 2021, and was responsible for developing and advancing policies and practices that enhance diversity, inclusion and equity throughout the university and the broader community.
He is currently the executive director of The Diversity Institute, which conducts research, training, and policy development and advocacy on diversity, equity, and inclusion issues, and racial and social justice.
Conversations on Race and Policing began after the murder of George Floyd on May 25, 2020, and its aftermath. It was the death of Floyd, a Black man, by a white Minneapolis police officer, that sparked widespread protests, calls for reform and revamping of the nation’s policing system, difficult and hard conversations on race and racism – and gave birth to Cal State San Bernardino’s Conversations on Race and Policing, also known as CoRP.
In subsequent court cases, three other former Minneapolis police officers implicated in Floyd’s death were given prison sentences.
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 90 forums have taken place, and video recordings of the sessions are posted online on the Conversations on Race and Policing Lecture Series Archive.
The next program in the Conversations on Race and Policing series will be at 1 p.m. Nov. 15 and feature Joanna Schwartz, UCLA professor of law, faculty director of the David J. Epstein Program in Public Interest Law and Policy and author of “Shielded: How the Police Became Untouchable.”
The series is organized by Matt Patino (CSUSB MA candidate); CSUSB faculty members Mary Texeira (sociology) and Jeremy Murray (history); Robie Madrigal, public affairs/communication specialist for the CSUSB John M. Pfau Library; Michael German, fellow at the Brennan Center for Justice; and community member Stan Futch, president of the Westside Action Group.
Also visit the Conversations on Race and Policing webpage.