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With multiple events throughout the year, the MRISJ’s Civic Speaker Series highlights civic leaders from our community and across the world. This signature series inspires attendees to spark conversation, share ideas, and act for social change.

Previous Civic Speaker Series events have highlighted youth activism and environmental justice, civic engagement in the classroom, social media activisms, and innovative ways to spark change through creativity.

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April 4, 2023 at 4 p.m. »

Kyle Bennett and Dwayne Keys joined us on April 4th to share their experiences serving on the Providence Municipal Reparations Commission. They will present how the Commission approached its work, engaged the community, and how its recommendations close the racial wealth and equity gap.

The MRISJ thanks Santander Bank for its generous support of the Civic Speaker Series.

Watch our latest Civic Speaker Series on YouTube
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On Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020, Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum discussed her compelling, award-winning book Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? and Other Conversations About Race, which takes a critical look at the dynamics of racial identity in America and the importance of holding productive conversations surrounding race across racial and ethnic divides.

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Rachael Rollins

On Thursday, April 22, 2021 the MRISJ hosted District Attorney Rachael Rollins as the first speaker in our Civic Speaker Series. DA Rollins discussed her experience running for office, and her impressive work as an advocate for criminal justice reform and racial equity through her position in public leadership. Dr. Mia Ortiz, Associate Professor of Criminal Justice at Bridgewater State University and Zahara Townsend, an undergraduate Justice Fellow with the MRISJ moderated the conversation with the DA who serves as the chief law enforcement officer for Boston, Chelsea, Revere, and Winthrop Massachusetts. She is the first woman ever elected as District Attorney in Suffolk County and the first woman of color ever elected to serve in this role in Massachusetts. Her story serves as an inspiration to those seeking to make a difference through public service.

Sponsored by African American Studies Minor and the Department of Criminal Justice.

You may view the recording of this event now through YouTube »

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