Center for Crime, Equity, and Justice Research and Policy

Hampton Roads Social Justice Conference

Building A Better Tomorrow

Society’s most pressing challenges – from racial justice to COVID-19 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, the Center for Crime, Equity, and Justice Research and Policy and the Hampton Roads Christian Community Development Network will co-host the first Hampton Roads Social Justice Conference on April 11-12, 2022 at Christopher Newport University.

Registration is required for in-person attendance; however, the livestream of the keynote speakers is open to the public.

Keynote Speakers

Dr. Jeremy Hoffman, Science Museum of Virginia
Monday, April 11, 9 a.m.

Climate change is intensifying heat waves, extreme precipitation and other weather events. Meanwhile, cities alter the natural relationships between landscapes and their ability to cope with these weather extremes. In this lecture, Hoffman will explore how the historical housing policy known as “redlining” and other discriminatory housing policies in our past can help us see climate inequity in the present, and how we can take action to equitably adapt to extreme heat in Virginia and all across the country.

Dr. T. Dionne Bailey, Colgate University
Monday, April 11, 5 p.m.

Abolition is a life-saving practice. The cruel and exploitative system of over-policing, surveillance, control and mass incarceration is based on the criminalization of Black bodies, a brutality that continues in today’s carceral system. In this lecture, Bailey will show how, in the shadows of the South and Mississippi’s notorious Parchman Penal Farm, Black girls and women have found themselves fighting within a society that often views their debasement and exploitation at the hands of the carceral state as justified because of their gender and race.

Anthony Smith & Cassandra Webb, Cities United
Theresa Zawacki & Jackie Floyd, Russell: A Place of Promise
Tuesday, April 12, 3:45 p.m.

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