Annie E. Casey Foundation Project

ABOUT THE PROJECT

QEM Network received a one-year seed grant from the Annie E. Casey Foundation to coordinate and facilitate a 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 supports collaborative initiatives at six 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 six three-person teams from the following HBCUs: Bowie State UniversityCoppin State UniversityDelaware State UniversityHoward UniversityUniversity of the District of Columbia; and Virginia State University.


Participants have extensive training and experience in criminal justice field, their bios are below.

Bowie State University Team
Department of Behavioral Sciences and Human Services, Criminal Justice Program

Charles Adams, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Interim Department Chair

Nicole Branch-Ellis, Ph.D. (Team Leader)
Assistant Professor

Matasha Harris, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor


Coppin State University Team
Department of Criminal Justice

Jacqueline Rhoden-Trader, Ph.D.
Chair and Associate Professor

Johnny Rice II, Ph.D. (Team Leader)
Assistant Professor

Michael Berlin, Ph.D.
Associate Professor


Delaware State University Team
Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice

Dorothy Dillard, Ph.D. (Team Leader) 
Associate Professor and Chair

Laurin Parker, Ph. D.
Associate Professor

Kevin Ralston, Ph. D.
Assistance Professor

 

 

Howard University Team
Department of Sociology and Criminology

Bahiyyah M. Muhammad, Ph.D. (Team Leader)
Assistant Professor and Coordinator of Inside Out Program

Vernetta D. Young, Ph.D.
Professor

Marie C. Jipguep-Akhtar, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Graduate Program Director


University of the District of Columbia Team
Crime, Justice, and Security Studies (CJSS) Program

Angelyn Spaulding Flowers, Ph.D.
Professor
Program Director for the Crime, Justice, and Security Studies Program 

Cotina Lane Pixley
Professor

Michelle Coghill Chatman, Ph.D. (Team Leader)
Assistant Professor


Virginia State University Team
Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice

Frances Hayes Brown, M.S. (Team Leader)
Instructor

Joyce Moody Edwards, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Chair

Nishaun T. Battle, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

 

Developing the HBCU Juvenile Justice Pipeline Workshop
May 31- June 1, 2018


Recorded Webinar

Supporting the capacity of HBCUs in the Mid Atlantic area to enhance Juvenile Justice training and research

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