Annie E. Casey Foundation Project


QEM Network received a one-year seed grant from the Annie E. Casey Foundation to coordinate and facilitate a virtual community of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) faculty, who are committed to education and research to advancing socially conscious juvenile justice reform. Historical relationships between the Black community and law enforcement officials in conjunction with recent national events underscore the need for juvenile justice training, research, programs, and advocacy at HBCUs. 

The project will support collaborative initiatives at seven HBCUs in mid-Atlantic states to develop:

  1. A pipeline of graduates who will advance racial equity and positive youth justice to improve the current juvenile justice system, through curriculum reforms;

  2. Sustainable research programs to produce and disseminate evidence-based information on socially responsible juvenile justice practices; 

  3. A network of faculty who are committed to addressing criminal justice issues that impact youth and young adults of color; and

  4. Connections with regional and national juvenile justice leaders/experts to inform the curricula.

The project has recruited seven three-person teams from the following HBCUs: Bowie State University; Coppin State University; Delaware State University; Hampton University; Howard University; University of the District of Columbia; and Virginia State University. Participants have extensive training and experience in criminal justice field.


 March 27, 2018
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May 31-June 1, 2018