Social Justice Forums

Throughout the 2020 Summer and Fall Semesters, Multicultural Affairs facilitated a series of Social Justice Forums. Please scroll down for recaps on these powerful and meaningful events.

Social Forums


  • Policing, Criminal Justice and Race

Thursday, July 2 at 4 p.m.

  • Race and Educational Inequity

Thursday, July 30 at 4 p.m.

  • Race and LGBTQIA+ Rights

Thursday, September, 24 at 4 p.m.

  • Race, Disability, and Mental Health Rights

Thursday, October, 22 at 4 p.m.

  • Race and Immigrant Rights

Thursday, November, 19 at 4 p.m.

Forum Recaps

A Difficult and Necessary Conversation about the George Floyd Tragedy

Bristol's first virtual Social Justice Forum was titled, A Difficult and Necessary Conversation about the George Floyd Tragedy. Over 160 people were in attendance. The forum’s purpose was to not only look at the killing of George Floyd, an African American man who died due to excessive force in police custody, but to look at the history of injustice, hate, and discrimination against Black and African Americans throughout U.S. history. Participants were then able to share personal experiences, comments, and questions with the group. The event was both powerful and timely. Thank you to everyone who supported and for all the heartfelt stories and experiences that were shared.

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Policing, Criminal Justice and Race

On Thursday, July 2nd, 2020, Multicultural Affairs held its second Social Justice Forum: Policing, Criminal Justice, and Race. Panelists discussed actionable items that they, themselves, and their departments have done, are currently doing and will be doing to create equitable change and solutions to the criminal justice system. Panelists were then available to answer any questions or comments asked by forum participants. The event had over 98 people in attendance and 153 RSVPs. We would like to thank panelists Mark Nataly, Chief of Police & Preparedness Bristol Community College, Baxter Smith, Deputy Chief of Police & Preparedness Bristol Community College, Jeffrey Cardoza, Chief of Police Fall River Police Department, Demetrice Philips, Sergent, Fitchburg Police Department and Adjunct Faculty Member, Bristol Community College, Justin Caverio, Director of Bristol Community College's Joseph A. Marshall Veteran's Center, and Kenton Kirby, Director of Practice, Center for Court Innovation, New York, for participating in the event.

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Race and Educational Inequity

On Thursday, July 30th, 2020, the department of Multicultural Affairs held its 3rd Social Justice Forum: Race and Educational Inequity. The forum focused on racial inequity in K-16 educational settings in the United States. Participants listened to guest panelists from various K-16 institutes from Bristol County and beyond. This forum included special guest speaker, Professor Kevin Gannon, previously featured in the Academy Award-nominated documentary, 13th. Panelists engaged in questions presented by moderator Rob Delaleu, Director of Multicultural Affairs, and audience participants. Lastly, panelists presented actionable items that can be used to promote equity in our classrooms and professional areas.

A Special Thank You To Our Panelists:
Kevin Gannon
Engin Atasay, Ph.D
Dr. Shanna Howell
Heather Pimental
Serge Moniz
Dr. Sarah Medeiros
Melissa Duarte
Amie DosSantos

Please CLICK HERE for full bio's of our panelists

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Multicultural Affairs Social Justice Newsletters and Resource Guide

The purpose of the Multicultural Affairs Newsletter and Resource Guide is to provide you, the reader, with resources and actionable items that will allow you to create change within your professional and classroom circles.

To subscribe to our Social Justice Newsletter, please CLICK HERE.