As part of their 2018 Reducing Racial and Ethnic Disparities Conference: “Urgency for Equity: Focusing on Youth-Serving Institutions,” Johnson County Social Services and the UI Public Policy Center will be hosting two nationally renowned keynote speakers, Dr. Monique W. Morris, co-founder of the National Black Women's Justice Institute and the author of Black Stats: African Americans by the Numbers in the Twenty-First Century and Push Out: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools; and Dr. Michael Benitez Jr., activist-scholar, practitioner, and educator, with extensive experience in diversity issues in higher education. There will also be breakout sessions and table talks on addressing disproportionality in juvenile justice, education, city and county government departments, health, child welfare, and social services.
The aim of the conference is to provide a space to discuss new information and opportunities as well as change institutions and organizations to make evidence-based decisions to implement and monitor change in reduction of youth of color in their systems. Participants will discuss the repairing and rebuilding of connection for youth who are impacted by institutions that can lead them to the adult criminal system.
Hosted by the Johnson County Disproportionate Minority Committee and UI Public Policy Center, with support from the Obermann Center for Advanced Studies