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Fall 2021 History Senior Seminar

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The Department of History and Anthropology invite you to share their students’ impressive research work with their friends and family, faculty, and the greater MU student body.

This year our student presentations will be given in person in Anacon Hall Rooms A and B in addition to being videoconferenced on Zoom.

Please visit our Fall 2021 History Senior Seminar web page for information and online access to the event. To access any presentation, please click on the associated link to the Anacon room in which the presentation is being held. Each room you enter will open in a browser window and all you have to do is close the browser window to leave the room. You may attend as many presentations as you like included in the schedule.

Supporting Systems and Communities in Achieving Racial Equality: A Groundwater Analysis – presented by Joyce James

Voices for Change: Voting, Advocacy, and Action

In this presentation, Ms. James will share her journey in developing the Texas Model for addressing Disproportionality and Disparities and the Groundwater Analysis for Addressing Racial Inequities© as the foundation for creating antiracist organizational cultures for undoing institutional and structural racism and improving outcomes for all populations. Participants will gain an increased understanding of the importance of cross systems collaborations and building partnerships with poor communities of color to remove the barriers that contribute to racial inequities. The session will include discussion of the pitfalls of well-meaning and well-intentioned leaders, who in isolation of an analysis of institutional and structural racism, and a racial equity lens, continue to unconsciously contribute to sustaining and often perpetuating racial inequities in the design and delivery of programs and services.

The Strengths of Black Families, presented by Denise McLane-Davison

Voices for Change: Voting, Advocacy, and Action

The political era of the Civil Rights, Women’s Rights, Gay Rights, and The Black Power Movement demanded the inclusion of rigorous research that centered racial and gender identity as significant narratives. The emergence of Black Studies and Women’s Studies, along with student-led and national organizations incorporating the same identity politics also demanded inclusion in intellectual landscapes. During this era Black social scientists blanketed the scholarship, theory, and treatment research that anchored African cultural values, traditions, knowledge, and generational behaviors as disruptive characteristics of pathologized Black family rhetoric. Collectively, cultural scholarship named the impact of adapting Black life to oppression and anti-Blackness policy. They declared the Black family as the fundamental source of strength of the Black community and as the defense for Black life from external threats. This session provides a historical and contemporary alignment on the Black strength perspective through racial pride, resistance, and resilience.

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