Hampton Roads Social Justice Conference - Center for Crime, Equity, and Justice Research and Policy - Christopher Newport University

Hampton Roads Social Justice Conference

Educate • Empower • Transform

April 9 - 10, 2024

Society’s most pressing challenges—from racial justice to climate change and far beyond—have profound implications for creating a more equitable and socially just future for all. Yet all too frequently people and groups from different sectors working on similar issues never have the opportunity for meaningful conversation and interaction with others working on similar justice and equity-related issues.

In order to facilitate deeper interdisciplinary and cross-sector dialogue, Christopher Newport University’s Center for Crime, Equity, and Justice Research and Policy and the Hampton Roads CCD Network will co-host the third annual Hampton Roads Social Justice Conference on April 9-10, 2024 on the campus of Christopher Newport University in Newport News, Virginia.

The goal of this conference is to bring together researchers, policy makers, elected officials, non-profit organizations, community activists, business leaders, the faith community, and all others from across Virginia who are working on pressing social justice issues in our region.

Conference Program

Keynote Speakers

We are pleased to announce our 2024 keynote speakers:

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Julieanna Richardson

Founder and President, HistoryMakers

The HistoryMakers organization is committed to preserving, developing and providing easy access to an internationally recognized, archival collection of thousands of African American video oral histories.

Tuesday, April 9, 9:00 am

DSU Ballroom, CNU

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Cynthia Bond

Author of NY Times bestseller Ruby

Wed, April 10, 9:00 am

DSU Ballroom, CNU

This year’s conference coincides with Jazz4Justice, a concert that benefits the Legal Aid Society of Eastern Virginia. 

Tuesday, April 9, 7pm
Ferguson Center for the Arts, CNU
This event is ticketed separately; $15 general admission, $10 students

Tickets and more information here.

Questions and inquiries should be directed via email to Dr. Laine Briddell, Associate Director, Center for Crime, Equity, and Justice Research and Policy at ccejrp@cnu.edu and/or Charles Cheek, Hampton Roads CCD Network Coordinator at hamptonroadsccdnetwork@gmail.com.

2024 Sponsors:

  • The Hampton Roads Community Foundation
  • Anthem HealthKeepers Plus
  • FaithWalk Hampton
  • Justice Forward Virginia
  • CNU Department of Sociology, Social Work, and Anthropology
  • The Reiff Center for Human Rights and Conflict Resolution
  • CNU Department of History
  • CNU Program in Women’s and Gender Studies
  • The Newport News Green Foundation
  • Spirit Farm
  • Hip Hop Caucus

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