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Social Justice Day

Monday, April 23, 2018

The University of Maryland will host its 2nd Annual Social Justice Day on Monday, April 23, 2018 in the Adele H. Stamp Student Union and Memorial Chapel. Drawing from the success of the inaugural event, Social Justice Day 2018 will be a daylong exchange inviting faculty, staff, students, and our community to learn about the work of others involved in important causes and to share ideas.


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Schedule of Events

Colony Ballroom, Adele H. Stamp Student Union

  • Coffee, tea, juice, water and light pastries

Colony Ballroom, Adele H. Stamp Student Union

  • Dr. Mary Ann Rankin, Senior Vice President and Provost

Colony Ballroom, Adele H. Stamp Student Union

  • Dr. Willie May, Director of Major Research & Training Initiatives, College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences

Colony Ballroom, Adele H. Stamp Student Union
Peter Neufeld, J.D. - Nationally recognized civil-rights lawyer and co-founder and co-director of the Innocence Project. Mr. Neufeld will talk about the work of the Innocence Project and its mission to "free the staggering number of innocent people who remain incarcerated, and to bring reform to the system responsible for their unjust imprisonment."
Peter Neufeld's biography(PDF) / Innocence Project
RSVP to Opening Keynote

Colony Ballroom, Adele H. Stamp Student Union
Dean Gregory Ball (BSOS) will chair a panel discussion on the science and policies to reduce errors in criminal prosecutions, convictions, and sentencing and the implications for social justice.

  • Dr. Kris Marsh (Sociology) - Innovative and Objective Approaches to Bias-Free Policing
  • Hon. Judge Alexander Williams, Jr. (ret.) (The Judge Alexander Williams, Jr. Center for Education, Justice and Ethics) - The Implications of Imposing Mandatory Minimum Sentences: Perspectives from a Former Federal Judge
  • Dr. Wade Jacobsen (Criminology and Criminal Justice) - Consequences of Incarceration for Families and Children

Grand Ballroom, Adele H. Stamp Student Union
Lunch will be provided to SJD-2018 registrants. Attendees will be invited to participate in "discussion stations" or visit "information stations" in the Social Justice Fair

Grand Ballroom, Adele H. Stamp Student Union
The SJD-2018 attendees will be invited to participate in round-table discussions, information sessions, and poster presentations related to a variety of social justice issues and causes. Hosted throughout break-out rooms in the Stamp Student Union, these sessions will be held concurrently and will vary in their format or structure.

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