Conversations with Black and Brown in Blue

The law enforcement profession is facing greater public scrutiny than ever before. Across the nation, communities are discussing reform and accountability for police misconduct, and better approaches to implementing meaningful changes to safety and security of our communities. Similar conversations are occurring throughout the California State University system and other state and regional campuses.

In broadening these discussions at Sonoma State University, Vice President for Student Affairs, Dr. Wm. Gregory “Doc” Sawyer, in partnership with Chief of Police Nader Oweis, has organized a speaker series for students, faculty and staff beginning Wednesday, September 29, 2021, which opens the lens to a more engaging and introspective look at Black and Brown body people living, working, and serving while in blue. 

In a five-part lecture series entitled Conversations with Black and Brown in Blue, a variety of accomplished experts across multiple professional arenas will aim to connect the needs of the community while fostering a more inclusive law enforcement community environment. The program was designed to encourage open and honest dialogue in order to reduce barriers and misperceptions. Finally, Conversations with Black and Brown in Blue provides thoughtful insight about ongoing efforts in our communities throughout the nation that hold promise for real substantive and sustainable change.

Videos

Conversations with Black and Brown in Blue ft. Darryl Thornton 

Black and Brown in Blue Series 1

 
 

Conversations with Black and Brown in Blue ft. Marvin Richardson

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Conversations with Black and Brown in Blue ft. Tru Pettigrew

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Conversations with Black and Brown in Blue ft. Cynthia Renaud

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Conversations with Black and Brown in Blue ft. Dr. John Brown Childs

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