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Raj Sethuraju: ‘When white people call the cops on people of color,’ MPR News

Raj Setheraju, assistant professor in the School of Law Enforcement at Metropolitan State, speaks with Brandt Williams of MPR News about recent incidents in the news and “why people of color are so quickly categorized as engaging in ‘suspicious behavior.’ ”

MPR News, May 29, 2018.

April 13: Understanding and Responding to Mass Incarceration 2018 conference

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Register now to attend the fifth annual Understanding and Responding to Mass Incarceration 2018 conference.

This year’s theme, “Removing Barriers to Education,” will be powerfully addressed by several speakers, panelists and discussion leaders, including keynote speaker Dr. James Burnett, and lunch speakers Luis Brown-Peña and Lolita Davis Carter. Breakout sessions will cover specific dimensions of mass incarceration, connecting participants to leaders and networks taking action to create lasting change.

Register at this website: bit.ly/URMI2018

The event will be 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, April 13, Founders Hall Auditorium, Metropolitan State University, 700 East 7th Street, Saint Paul.

Dr. Burnett is a self-described “convict criminologist” who used his time in prison for close interaction, gaining trust with prisoners and conducting ethnography, which served as a foundation for his book, Hood II Hood: Helping Prisoners Transition to Freedom.

Brown-Peña administers the GCDF Special Projects Unit for the Department of Employment and Economic Development, and has more than 20 years of experience assessing ex-offenders’ skills and interests for career development and placement services.

Davis Carter facilitates pre-release employment classroom sessions and workshops for job seekers who must address a criminal and corrections background. She has been appointed by Gov. Mark Dayton to the Criminal and Juvenile Justice Information Advisory Group, as well as serving on the Minnesota Corrections Association board on the Juvenile Justice Committee.

For more information, contact Raj Sethuraju (raj.sethuraju@metrostate.edu), Therissa Libby (therissa.libby@metrostate.edu) or Clyde Thrower (clyde.thrower@metrostate.edu).

Interested in supporting URMI 2018? Donations to URMI are taken through the University Foundation (www.metrostate.edu/why-metro/metropolitan-state-foundation/make-a-gift), or email Clyde Thrower at clyde.thrower@metrostate.edu. Online donations go to.

Note on your donation that it is for the Understanding and Responding to Mass Incarceration 2018 event.

URMI 2018 is sponsored by the Office of the President, Office of the Provost, Admissions Office, Office of Equal Employment and Diversity, Institute for Community Engagement and Scholarship, Center for Faculty Development, Alcohol and Drug Counseling Student Association, Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative and the College of Community Studies and Public Affairs.

Raj Sethuraju, Lyan Nyamwaya nominated as Minority Access National Role Models

Dr. Raj Sethuraju and Lyan Nyamwaya are honored as nominees for the Minority Access’ National Role Model.

The award winner will be announced at the Minority Access national conference, Sept. 29-Oct. 1, 2017 in Washington, DC.

Sethuraju is an associate professor at Metropolitan State University’s School of Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice.

Nyamwaya is a graduate of Metropolitan State University and founder and current president of the African Nurses Association. She works as a charge nurse at North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale, Minn.

The National Role Model Awards are given in various categories to individuals who serve as inspirational role models to inspire others to emulate them, and thereby increase the pool of scholars and professionals who will find cures for illnesses or solve technological problems or address social disparities in society.

Find more information about this event at this link: http://www.minorityaccess.org/index.html

Sept. 14: Student forum to address DACA

An event for Metropolitan State students to discuss the recent announcement from President Donald Trump concerning the future consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals in the United States.

In keeping with the message sent by Metropolitan State President Virginia Arthur affirming the university’s commitment and support for students, event planners intend to create spaces for healing, conversation, and sharing of resources to those directly affected.

The discussion on Thursday, Sept. 14, Saint Paul Campus, Student Center, room 101, will be an opportunity for faculty, staff and the community to show their support. The fight for dignity and respect for all immigrants is a humanitarian issue that affects us all, and this is a time of great uncertainty and angst for many. This day is dedicated to supporting those affected, creating an environment for conversation and learning, promoting campus resources and building solidarity. Refreshment will be provided.


  • 1 p.m.: Check-in and welcome, Student Senate leaders
  • 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.: Healing circles for students, facilitated by Dr. Raj Sethuraju (concurrent counseling service available nearby with Michael Peterson)
  • 1:45 to 2:45 p.m.: “Discussion: What does DACA mean to you and our students?,” facilitator to be determined. Political analysis and resources for undocumented students available on campus; facilitator to be determined.
  • 3 to 3:45 p.m.: “What can we do, what shall we do, what will you do?” facilitated by Karina Moreno DeSilva
  • 3:45 to 4 p.m.: Closing and next steps

Staff must use personal time to participate and must arrange approval from their supervisor or use personal time to attend the event.

Contact the office of Craig Morris, university chief diversity officer/affirmative action director, at 651-793-1272 with questions.

Oct. 17: Changing America – Circle Discussion

The Emancipation Proclamation and the March on Washington were two pivotal events in the advancement of civil rights and were the products of grassroots activism. It has been just over 150 years since the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation and just over 50 years since the March on Washington.

As Metropolitan State University is Minnesota’s sole host of the Changing America: The Emancipation Proclamation, 1863 and the March on Washington, 1963, Smithsonian exhibit that examines  key figures and aspects of life before and after these historical groundbreaking events, a discussion centered on themes from the Changing America exhibit will be facilitated by Professor Raj Sethuraju 6 to 8:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 17 at the university Library and Learning Center, 645 7th St E, Saint Paul. The event is open to the public and for all ages.

The Changing America exhibit will run Sept. 21 through Nov. 4 on the first floor of the Metro State Library and Learning Center.

Raj Sethuraju given Ambassador Award from Saint Paul Foundation

A celebration honoring anti-racism activists in Minnesota recognized six people who are working to build communities where everyone feels safe, valued and respected.

Saint Paul Foundation awarded faculty member Dr. Nadarajan “Raj” Sethuraju the Ambassador Award  at the May 9 celebration. This award comes with $5,000 and it is designated for the Law Enforcement Opportunities (LEO) scholarship program.

Dr. Sethuraju believes his work and the education of his students at Metropolitan State University are intimately connected to the improvement, evolution and development of the criminal justice community. He attempts not to lead from the “Ivory Tower,” but in the trenches of the system; using his expertise and scholarly work to truly marry academia and practice. When asked what the award means for him and for Metro State, he explained,

“The award is given to those who have been identified as champions of racial equity work by dismantling the structures of institutional and systematic racism.  I am honored and humbled to be recognized in this cohort of champions and to come behind so many great minds and spirits who have been given this ambassador award in the past ten years.  The anti-racism and equity work cannot be done alone; I am glad that there are strong communities both on campus and in the greater community who support and champion this mission.

“Our campus’ commitment to address the trauma of racism and work towards realizing the vision of being an anti-racist campus have been both an inspiration and a vocation.  Our campus’ location and patrons deserve our commitment and hard work that is aimed at creating a safe and dynamic community, society and nation.  I am committed to continue this work everyday with or without these recognition because our humanity matters.”

Metropolitan State University students are balancing an array of obligations and the impact of financial support is great, sometimes the determining factor to reach graduation. This is where LEO can help.

Law Enforcement Opportunities (LEO) is a non-profit organization operated by a volunteer Board of Directors. LEO has a commitment to diversifying the law enforcement, criminal justice, and corrections professions, and this commitment has resulted in the development of a yearly scholarship opportunity. Their goal is to provide financial assistance in the form of scholarships to individuals interested in pursuing careers in law enforcement, criminal justice, or corrections. Eligible applicants may receive up to $1,000 in scholarship money to fund their education and training.

The LEO Organization host’s a career fair each year and proceeds are directed to the LEO Scholarship Program.  The LEO Career Fair is open to all and is an opportunity for those interested in exploring the law enforcement and corrections profession’s to network and gain information.  The LEO Scholarship Program provides eligible applicants the opportunity to compete for scholarship awards.  Past LEO Scholarship Recipient’s in-turn commit volunteer time at the LEO Career Fair; this supports their networking opportunities.