Students, staff and community members are invited to the second in a series of four community forums on critical issues in criminal justice and related disciplines.
“Radicalization and Terrorism: Implications for our Dynamic and Diverse Communities” takes place on Wednesday, Nov. 5, 4–5:30 p.m. in Room 112 of the Law Enforcement Criminal Justice and Education Center, 9110 Brooklyn Boulevard, Brooklyn Park.
Metropolitan State Interim President Devinder Malhotra introduces the forum, which features the following distinguished panelists:
- Kyle Loven, supervisory special agent, FBI Minneapolis
- Jon Olson, retired U.S. Navy commander
- Ilhan Omar, senior policy aide to Minneapolis City Council member Andrew Johnson
- Imam Hassan Mohamud, Minnesota’s Da’way Institute
- Hal Pickett, client services director, Headway Emotional Health Services
In a recent article for CNN, James Densley, School of Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice (SLC) assistant professor, asserts:
Terror intervention, like gang intervention, needs an emphasis not on the traditional “hot spots” for radicalization, but rather the “hot people” most deeply embedded in extremist networks. This is important. The old “hot spot” approach to gang suppression alienated communities of color by reinforcing the “us versus them” mentality that forced many people into gangs in the first place.
This forum explores some of these ideas in detail.
For more information, contact SLC Assistant Professors Raj Sethuraju (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Jill Peterson (email@example.com).
Ferguson Forum update
A team led by SLC Assistant Professors Raj Sethuraju, Jill Peterson and Densley partnered with several university and community groups to create the community forum series. The series was successfully launched on Sept. 24 with a forum that drew an estimated 80 students, faculty, staff and community members to discuss events in Ferguson, Mo. in the wake of the fatal shooting by police of unarmed civilian Michael Brown.
The robust, multidimensional exchange resulted in a policy brief that includes actionable items for changes in police departments, law enforcement training and cultural conditioning. The planning team thanks assistant professors and librarians Martha Hardy and Alex Sonsteby for compiling a broad range of resources related to the Ferguson events.
The community forums are organized by Metropolitan State’s School of Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice and are co-sponsored by the Institute for Community Engagement and Scholarship, Hennepin Technical College, Metropolitan State Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Student Club, FBI Minneapolis Citizens Academy Alumni Association and the American Democracy Project.