Annie E. Casey Foundation 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.

Summary of year 1 Activities

The project facilitated a network of criminal/juvenile justice faculty/administrators from six HBCUs through virtual and face-to-face meetings. As per the updates provided at the October 2018, webinar, the institutions have made great strides in pursuing curriculum reforms that incorporates racial equity and youth development elements. All of the five institutions represented on the webinar are pursuing some form of curriculum reforms and partnerships with other institutions of higher education (within/outside the network) and/or with government agencies. A Howard University faculty also reported she recently published an article in the American University Law Journal.

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.

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.
Program Director for the Crime, Justice, and Security Studies Program 

Keith Parris

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)

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

Nishaun T. Battle, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor


Second Professional Development Workshop for Criminal Justice Faculty and Administrators at
Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) in the Mid-Atlantic Region

July 15- 16, 2019


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

Recorded Webinar

March 27, 2018

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

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October 22, 2018

Key Highlights from the QEM/AECF Workshop

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