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Student Scholarship Week

Monmouth University’s 6th annual Student Scholarship Week: Celebrating the Research, Creative, and Service Accomplishments of MU Students will take place virtually April 19-23, 2021. Student Scholarship Week is a weeklong conference that showcases and celebrates students’ academic work inside and outside of the classroom, as well as highlights faculty-student collaboration, across the University. This includes highlighting students’ scholarly contributions in research, writing, service learning, clinical experiences (i.e. study abroad, internships), musical and theater productions, art exhibits, student development and leadership, student clubs, etc.

This year, Student Scholarship Week will be held virtually for the safety of our students and staff. Each day of the week will feature one theme with a variety of student projects showcased through a mix of live Zoom sessions and asynchronous posters and videos.

Please visit the website for a list of the daily live sessions and to view the students’ posters and videos.

Ask a Recent Alum Series Part 4 – Featuring Taylor Dickson ’13

Taylor Dickson

Taylor Dickson ’13 is a proud alumna from the Department of Communication. She also received her minor in sports communication and enjoyed being involved in HawkTV. Taylor landed her first job with the National Basketball Association in 2014 as a production trainee. She navigated her career path within the NBA and is currently an associate manager of International Events, leading events across the globe. Most recently, she headed the NBA Season Restart in Orlando. Taylor is excited to speak about navigating your career path and the importance of finding the right job for you.


Policing in Communities of Color

A Conversation on Police Violence, Black Lives Matter, and Police Reform.


Lorenzo M. Boyd, Ph.D.

Lorenzo M. Boyd, Ph.D., is a nationally recognized leader in police-community relations and an authority on urban policing. Boyd is the vice president for diversity & inclusion at the University of New Haven. As the former director of the Center for Advanced Policing and a life member of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE), Boyd has appeared on local, regional, and national media outlets to discuss policing in the aftermath of high-profile cases.

Jason Williams, Ph.D.

Jason Williams, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of justice studies at Montclair State University. He is a passionate activist criminologist deeply concerned about racial disparity and mistreatment within the criminal legal system. Williams has conducted ethnographic research in Baltimore, Maryland, and Ferguson, Missouri, following the police-involved tragedies of Freddie Gray and Michael Brown. He recently published a co-edited book entitled Black Males and the Criminal Justice System.

Sean K. Wilson, Ph.D.

Sean K. Wilson, Ph.D., is an assistant professor in the Sociology and Criminal Justice Department at William Paterson University. As a community-based scholar, Wilson’s research seeks to foreground the voices and lived experiences of the oppressed and marginalized. His research interests include reentry, critical policing, critical criminology,reentry, critical gang studies, and race and justice.

Andrea McChristian, Esq.

Andrea McChristian, Esq., is the law and policy director at the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice. In this capacity, she leads the implementation of the strategic vision and the director of the law and policy program. Andrea oversees the programmatic function of the institute’s three pillars of social justice: democracy and justice, economic justice, and criminal justice reform. Andrea previously served as the director of the institute’s Criminal Justice Reform Initiative and was the primary author of Bring Our Children Home: Ain’t I a Child, which forms the basis of the 150 Years is Enough campaign.


Organized by Marie Mele, Ph.D.,

Sponsors: Intercultural Center; School of Humanities & Social Sciences, Sociology program; and Helen Bennett McMurray Endowment for Social Ethics

Collaborators: Program in Gender and Intersectionality Studies,
Black and African Diaspora Forum United, Black Student Union, Students for Systemic Change, Social Work Society, Guardians Club, and Global & Community Practice Action Group

ArtNOW Art+Feminism Wikipedia-Edit-a-thon

Wikipedia is a worldwide collaborative encyclopedia project made up of a globalized network of volunteers who give their time to edit the site. Within this globalized network, there still lacks a diversity of voices. “In a 2011 survey, the Wikimedia Foundation found that less than 10% of its contributors identify as female; more recent research puts that number at 16% globally and 23% in the United States.”  (Mandiberg, M., Prajapati, S., & Schrock, R., 2020). Who contributes to a database matters. Especially when in 2015, that database was “the 7th most visited website in the world” (Paling, E., 2015). A 2011 study from the Pew Research Center, shows that “the more educated someone is, the more likely he or she is to consult Wikipedia. Almost 70 percent of Americans with college degrees read Wikipedia” (Paling, E., 2015). If college-educated people and students are using Wikipedia as a main source of information, there is an argument for students learning how to edit and contribute to the online encyclopedia that they use.

It is increasingly important for cis and trans women, gender-non-conforming people, people of color, and Indigenous communities to be written back into history. When information systems like Wikipedia systematically exclude aspects of the human experience, our understanding of the world is incomplete. To have access to a more accurate information system that includes representation of historically marginalized groups, our understanding of success, knowledge, and of ourselves can become more whole.

VIRTUAL EVENT SCHEDULE: Friday, September 18th

8:00 AM                               WIKI EDIT-A-THON BEGINS

8:15 AM                                OPENING REMARKS

8:30 AM                                EDITING WIKIPEDIA: TRAINING

9:15 AM                                 LIBRARY RESEARCH: ONLINE TRAINING

9:30 AM­–12:00 PM              EDITING WIKIPEDIA: FREE TIME

12:00 PM                                EDITING WIKIPEDIA: TRAINING

12:45 PM                                LIBRARY RESEARCH: ONLINE TRAINING

1:00 PM–4:00 PM                  EDITING WIKIPEDIA: FREE TIME

4:00 PM5:00 PM                  CLOSING REMARKS


ArtNOW Art+Feminism 2020 is a Wikipedia-Edit-a-thon hosted by ArtNOW and the IDM Research Lab.

Co-sponsors: The Monmouth University Guggenheim Library and Program in Gender and Intersectionality Studies (PGIS) at Monmouth University.

This event was organized with the guidance of Art+Feminism, “an intersectional feminist non-profit organization that directly addresses the information gap about gender, feminism, and the arts on the internet… ensuring that the histories of our lives and work are accessible and accurate” (Mandiberg, M., Prajapati, S., & Schrock, R., 2020).

Current Topics in Counseling Virtual Conference 2020

The Department of Professional Counseling’s Virtual Current Topics in Counseling Conference is facilitated by the department’s active alumni organization, Counseling Alumni Connection (CAC). This is the fourth annual conference coordinated by the CAC. The purpose of this event is to provide timely and important information relevant to the counseling field.

On Friday, October 16, a pre-conference ethics institute presented by Perry Francis, Ed.D, NCC, ACS, LPC will take place on the topic Ethics, Law, and Social Justice: The Intersection of Behaviors and Beliefs. A certificate for five (5) ethics continuing education hours will be provided. Participants will have one hour for lunch on their own.

On Saturday, October 17, a full-day event will be held starting with a keynote presentation, followed by six workshops over three sessions (one morning, two afternoon) on a variety of subjects. A certificate for six (6) continuing education hours will be provided. Participants will have one hour for lunch on their own, with virtual networking opportunities available during that time.

Registration Costs

Professional Rates

  • Friday Only: $100
  • Saturday Only: $125
  • Full Conference: $200

MU Alumni, MU Employees, & Current Field Placement Supervisors Rates

  • Friday Only: $100
  • Saturday Only: $100
  • Full Conference: $175

PLEASE NOTE: All current undergraduate and graduate students can attend the conference free of charge.

Cancelled: Lives of the ‘Brows’: Autobiography, Taste, Ethics

Photo of Dr. Max Cavitch, Associate Professor of English, University of Pennsylvania

Dr. Max Cavitch, Associate Professor of English, University of Pennsylvania

Please join us for a guest lecture by Dr. Max Cavitch, Associate Professor of English at the University of Pennsylvania, where he is also an affiliated faculty member of the programs in Cinema Studies, Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies, and Psychoanalytic Studies.

Dr. Cavitch will be discussing literary taste and value in relation to autobiography—one of the world’s most popular and widely practiced genres. From “highbrow” triumphs of artistic intention to “middlebrow” narratives of historical significance to “lowbrow” tell-alls of gossipy celebrity, there are autobiographies to suit every taste. But what is “taste,” anyway? What does it have to do with “literary value”? And, moreover, what do either taste or literary value have to do with the question of whose lives and life-stories matter?

Refreshments will be served. Students, faculty, and interested members of the public are warmly invited to attend.

Free and open to the public.
Sponsored by the Wayne D. McMurray Endowed Chair in the Humanities, Dr. Kristin Bluemel