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Blurred Boundaries, Real Consequences: The Intersection of Public Policy and Race 

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April 19
9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Manship School
Holliday Forum 

April 20
5:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Milton Womack Park


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April 19, 2017 

Location: LSU Manship School - Holliday Forum


9:00 – 9:45 a.m.: Manship School Community Resilience Study

Presenters: Shaniece Bickham, Diane Francis, Michael Henderson, Martin Johnson, Nathan Kalmoe

Following the tumultuous summer of 2016, professors in the Manship School examined race relations across Louisiana, which included a statewide survey. Panelists will present findings from these research projects.


10:00 – 10:45 a.m.: Create Lab Final Project Presentation: Dialogue on Race Louisiana, Organizers - Lance Porter, Adrian Vallejo, Jonathan Brown, John Harp

As part of a capstone class experience, Create Lab students will present a social media campaign plan for Dialogue on Race Louisiana (DORLA). DORLA is a nonprofit dedicated to dismantling institutional racism through education and dialogue.


11:00 – 11:45 a.m.: Cold Case Project: Successes and Future, Organizer - Erin Coyle

Panelists: Andrea Gallo, Minjie Li, Wilborn P. Nobles III, Jay Shelledy

Professor Jay Shelledy, a professional in residence at the Manship School of Mass Communication, and several students who worked with him on the Cold Case Project will discuss their experience reporting on unsolved Civil Rights Era murders.


12:00 – 12:45 p.m.: Lunch - Provided in Holliday Forum


1:00 – 2:30 p.m.: Race and Public Policy, Organizer - Josh Grimm

Race permeates every aspect of our lives – a social construction that carries significant, real-world consequences. Racial issues in the United States are formed and molded through an amalgamation of public policy decisions at multiple levels. The inherent conflict between policy enactment, perceptions, and enforcement, all through the lens of racial ideology, will be explored.

  • Moderator: Mary Campbell, Associate Professor of Sociology, Texas A&M University
  • Education: Kenneth Fasching-Varner, Associate Professor, Louisiana State University
  • Criminal Justice: Shaun L. Gabbidon, Distinguished Professor, Pennsylvania State University, Harrisburg
  • Segregation: Jackelyn Hwang, Assistant Professor of Sociology, Stanford University
  • Wealth: Lori Latrice Martin, Associate Professor of Sociology, Louisiana State University
  • Media: Srividya Ramasubramanian, Associate Dean for Climate & Inclusion of Liberal Arts, Texas A&M University
  • Health: Holley Wilkin, Associate Professor of Communication, Georgia State University
  • Politics: Ismail White, Associate Professor of Political Science, George Washington University


3:00 – 4: 00 p.m.: Keynote

Sharon Weston Broome - East Baton Rouge Mayor-President

Sharon Weston Broome's journey as a public servant has spanned more than two decades. Prior to her current post as Mayor-President of Baton Rouge, Broome served as a Louisiana State Representative (District 29) and a Louisiana State Senator (District 15). While in the legislature, she became the first woman to hold the leadership position of Pro Tempore in the House and Senate. She left the legislature with a legacy of empowering children, families and communities through the legislation she authored. Broome continues to lead through encouraging everyone to join her in building a "new Baton Rouge," a place where people from all walks of life can see and seize positive opportunities.


4:00 – 5:30 p.m.: Reception



April 20, 2017

Location: Milton Womack Park Ballroom

6201 Florida Blvd., Baton Rouge, LA 70806

5:00 – 7:30 p.m.


5:00 – 5:30 p.m.: Viewing of BetteR: The Newsroom, Creator - Marcus Brown

This short documentary chronicles the experience of a local news station as they cover the shooting of Alton Sterling and the protests that followed.


5:45 – 7:15 p.m.: Media Access Roundtable, Organizer - Steve Bien-Aime

In light of recent racial tensions, local journalists and civic leaders examine how media cover various communities and discuss the best ways to connect community members to the news media.

Moderator: Ed Pratt

Media representatives:

Community organizers:

  • Maxine Crump – President and CEO, Dialogue on Race
  • Juan Cruz MPH - Public Health Planner and Equity Advocate, Cultural Dynamics
  • AV Mitchell – artist, speaker, community activist
  • Myra Richardson – Youth organizer, high school student
  • Shamaka Shumake – community activist, organizer


7:15 – 7:45 p.m.: Networking Reception