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Hamline Adds to National Conversation

Collage of Twila Dang; Jason Sole; Andrea Jenkins; Rashad Turner.

As a liberal arts institution that values civic engagement, Hamline University embraces a diversity of viewpoints and experiences among its students, faculty and alumni. In the wake of the Memorial Day officer-involved killing of George Floyd, Pipers donated, volunteered, marched, and protested. Some have also taken the lead in the media.

In a feature on ABC News Nightline, alumna Twila Dang '97 (pictured upper left) was one of four women from across the nation invited to speak about their experiences as mothers of Black children. Dang lives in Minneapolis and she and her children have focused on service as a means of processing the murder of George Floyd. (6/1/2020)

Andrea Jenkins MFA '09, (pictured lower right) Vice President of Minneapolis City Council and one of the nine members who voted to dismantle the city’s police department, penned an essay for Glamour magazine calling racism a public health crisis. (6/1/2020).

Four associate professors of criminal justice -- Gina Erickson, Sarah Greenman, Jillian Peterson, and Shelly Schaefer -- published five research-based proposals for changes to Minnesota policing in MinnPost. (6/2/2020) Subsequently, Peterson appeared on Newsy (6/10/2020) to discuss the Peace Officer Standard and Training Board, the state's regulatory licensing body for all sworn peace officers that oversees all pre-service and in-service education. Schaefer spoke with 107.1 FM radio on the same topic and the role of social science research in improving police officer training. Greenman provided her expertise on the role of research in improving policing for a USA Today article (6/13/2020). At the same time, the four professors have been advising members of Governor Walz’s administration and the Minnesota Legislature’s People of Color and Indigenous People Caucus on new legislation for police reform.

Rashad Turner '08 (pictured upper right) spoke with MPR News about his work keeping his community safe and about his pivot from policing to founding the Saint Paul chapter of Black Lives Matter after Jamar Clark was killed by Minneapolis police in 2015. (06/5/2020)

Adjunct criminal justice faculty member Jason Sole (pictured lower left) appeared nationwide on one of the first episodes of “60 in 6” a brand new 60 Minutes show. The segment titled, “Minneapolis Considers A City Without Police. How Did We Get Here?” premiered Sunday, June 14, on the Quibi app and is available on You Tube. Locally, Sole appeared on KARE-11 and spoke of the possibility of reimagining the way communities keep safe. (6/8/2020) Sole also participated in an MPR conversation about how parents of Black and children of color talk to their kids about race. (6/6/2020) 

Written by staff.