January 2016 Residency

Dr. Sacks has announced that the January Residency dates will be January 4 – 10. This reduces the Residency duration by one-half day. Instead of having registration and the opening dinner on the day prior to courses beginning, we will register students the morning of the 4th and have the opening dinner that evening. The MLK workshop will be scheduled during the week rather than on the first half-day.
The Residency Planning Committee (which includes two SGC Representatives) will collaborate to plan the event within these parameters. Students will able to depart in the afternoon on the 10th.
If you have met the residency requirement nor required to attend residency, please disregard this message.

2015 Midsouth HIV Conference

The 2015 Midsouth HIV Conference will take place in Memphis, TN on November 16 and 17, 2015. The conference will be held on the University of Memphis campus at the Fogelman Executive Conference Center. The theme of the conference is Better Together: Getting to Zero in the Midsouth. “The conference planning committee is designing the conference to serve as an opportunity for individuals representing a cross-section of our community, all united in their dedication to get to zero in the Midsouth, to network and lay the foundation for new partnerships,” Jennifer Pepper, Administrator of the Memphis Ryan White Program, “This year’s conference will offer interactive learning opportunities for people living with HIV, providers of HIV testing, prevention, and care, as well as other community stakeholders in Tennessee, Arkansas, and Mississippi.”

For more information, to register, or apply for a scholarship, please visit http://hivmemphis.org/about-us/conference/.

Call for Proposals-2016 Take Root: Red State Perspectives on Reproductive Justice Conference

2016 Take Root: Red State Perspectives on Reproductive Justice Conference  will convene in Norman, Oklahoma February 25 and 26, 2016.

Proposal for the conference should…

  • address how presenters will connect to reproductive rights and justice in red states
  • include concrete take-aways and/or action items
  • be specific in their focus and what they uniquely contribute to Take Root
  • be engaging and dynamic

Proposals may also describe how the presenters became and are currently involved with the issues discussed. Your intended presentation should strive to be accessible to a diverse audience of both emerging leaders and long-time activists. Biographical and contact information are required for all presenters. Please be sure to fill out all of the required information, as incomplete proposals will not be considered.

Proposals are due September 15, 2015. Please note you CANNOT save throughout the submission forms. Please prepare all of your answers ahead of time before you begin your submission. Each proposal must include biographical and contact information for each of the presenters.

http://take-root.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/Take-Root-Proposal-Questions-2016.pdf

ILA’s 17th Annual Conference in Barcelona

Looking for funding to attend ILA’s 17th Annual Conference in Barcelona?

If you are a student or recent graduate (within 1-year), submit your paper to the Kenneth E. Clark Student Research Award.  If your paper wins, you’ll receive a free trip to ILA’s 17th annual global conference in Barcelona (air, hotel, and conference registration) PLUS a $1,000 cash prize PLUS a guaranteed presentation slot in the program to share your research.

See complete submission details at: http://goo.gl/QUDwQ9

The International Leadership Association (ILA) is pleased to join with the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL) to co-sponsor the annual Kenneth E. Clark Student Research Award to recognize outstanding unpublished papers by undergraduate and graduate students. The award is named in honor of the distinguished scholar and former Chief Executive Officer of CCL.

Looking for additional opportunities for students at ILA Barcelona?

Fredric M. Jablin Doctoral Dissertation Award (Deadline July 6) Details: http://goo.gl/V40Tzg

9th Annual Student Case Competition (Sign-Up by Sep. 13) Details: http://goo.gl/gaRNqo

 

P.S.  Registration for ILA Barcelona is now open.  Visit the conference home page at http://goo.gl/CMvyzj for details.

Dr. Ricardo Smith recent Ph.D. graduate featured in City Beat

Good news,

 

Dr. Ricardo Smith and his research is featured in this week’s City Beat. Although the article does not credit Union for his dissertation, it is good exposure for the important work Dr. Smith is doing. I really enjoyed meeting him and telling his story.

 In addition to the City Beat feature, he was profiled on our web and interviewed by a local radio station.

 Here is the link to City Beat http://npaper-wehaa.com/city-beat//#2015/06/03/?article=2527984&dpg=1&z=92

 

Here is the link to blog profile https://www.myunion.edu/spotlight-on-alumnus-dr-ricardo-y-smith/

 

Here is the link to his radio article http://wvxu.org/post/small-study-points-problems-local-prison-re-entry#stream/0

Spotlight on Alumnus Dr. Ricardo Y. Smith

Dr Ricardo Y Smith

What are the most critical issues facing post-prison African-American men in Hamilton and Butler counties?

Employment
Housing
Registering to vote

Alumnus Dr. Ricardo Y. Smith (Ph.D. 2014) gives voice to local men facing these issues in his 2014 doctoral dissertation, No Way Out: Giving Voice to the Post-Prison Experiences of African-American Men in Two Ohio Counties.

Dr. Ricardo Smith is a Gulf War Veteran (1990-1994), a distinguished honor graduate from the United States Army Signal School in Augusta, Georgia, and an adjunct instructor in psychology at Cincinnati State Technical & Community College. Dr. Smith spent three and a half years researching and two months interviewing 10 formerly incarcerated African American men from Hamilton and Butler counties. A critical interpretative analysis conducted through in-depth interviews that examined the post-prison lives of African American men, his study addressed the post-prison obstacles of ex-offenders as they struggled to find employment, housing, and registering to vote. Dr. Smith examined the problems and the impact of labeling prisoners and investigated the issues of prison debt and prison money-making plots. The policy restraints impacting the lives of ex-offenders (who usually come from targeted poor communities) are described as an apparatus of social control, particularly upon African-American men. He found that ex-offenders often experience a post-prison system of no way out that has become a type of social incarceration.

Dr. Smith’s research questions focused on the post-prison impact on the lived experiences of 10 African American men. His hope was to give voice to these men as they attempt to rebuild their lives after prison, particularly as it relates to two questions:

• When returning to communities where social barriers exist and persist, what barriers do the men recognize? To what extent do these barriers affect their lives post-prison?

• To what extent do the men recognize the impact of the criminal label (criminal for life) on their lives post-prison? How does this label affect them when they are seeking employment, permanent housing, and trying to vote?

Dr. Smith hopes that scholars can better understand the dynamics of what it means to (re)live life post-prison. His recommendations for future research include the necessity to examine how and why the lack of employment remains the number one problem for returning citizens after prison. The men he interviewed returned to communities where jobs and housing remain scarce. If the returning citizen does not go to a halfway house or have family housing support, there are very few housing options through public assistance. Not being able to find housing or employment has been shown to lead to significant relapse implications and high probable rates of recidivism.

Dr. Smith points out that the ethnic minority prison population continues to rise. As a people, African Americans make up less than 15 percent of the U.S. population but almost 43 percent of the U.S. prison population. Are African Americans more criminal? Dr. Smith says the answer is no, but does answer yes to the fact that black persons are convicted and sent to prison statistically more often than other ethnic groups, particularly for federal drug convictions. He sees it as a racialized mechanism of incarceration that has produced a major social problem for young black teens and men.

More research is needed to evaluate and gauge the success of reentry and reintegration. Without statistics and stories to measure work and housing efficacy of ex-offenders, how can reintegration or rehabilitation be effective in terms of successful reentry? Without a permanent address, being registered to vote becomes another barrier of reintegration. Dr. Smith explains that ex-offenders need a second chance to redeem themselves and become contributing citizens in society. First steps of viable employment, housing, and the opportunity to vote will give the returning citizen a chance of true reintegration into the community. Reinvestment in people will increase public safety and reduce recidivism for the collective betterment of society and all communities.

In addition to his 2014 Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Studies from Union Institute & University, Dr. Smith holds a master’s degree in Human Relations (Applied Psychology) from the University of Oklahoma, and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Cincinnati.

Dr. Smith’s dissertation about post-prison experiences of African Americans was featured on WVXU radio in Cincinnati in April 2015.

Learn more about Union’s Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Studies program.