March 13 Colin Powell School Forum to Address NYC Policing Reform

Alex Vitale, associate professor of sociology, Brooklyn College

Alex Vitale, associate professor of sociology, Brooklyn College

Jeremy Travis, president, John Jay College

Jeremy Travis, president, John Jay College

John Jay College President Jeremy Travis and policing expert Alex Vitale to survey the prospects and challenges of police reform

A key element of Mayor DeBlasio’s election campaign was his pledge to change the way NYPD procedures and policies have compromised the department’s relationship with the community it serves. What changes have we seen, and what are the challenges to reform in New York City?

The urgent issues related to these questions will be addressed Thursday, March 13, in an open forum at the University Club hosted by Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership at The City College of New York.

Who:  Jeremy Travis, president of John Jay College of Criminal Justice, and Alex Vitale, associate professor of sociology, Brooklyn College
What:    “The Political Landscape of Policing Reform in New York City,” a “Conversations with City” breakfast discussion
When:   8 – 10 a.m. Thursday, March 13
Where:  The University Club, One W. 54th Street, New York

As president of John Jay College, Jeremy Travis leads the nation’s premier college of criminal justice. Alex Vitale, an associate professor of sociology with Brooklyn College, focuses his research on the politics of community policing and the policing of demonstrations and other political activities. Jack Levinson, assistant professor of sociology, the Colin Powell School, will moderate the program.

John Jay President Jeremy Travis has been a senior fellow with the Justice Policy Center at the Urban Institute in Washington, and he directed the National Institute of Justice. He also served as deputy commissioner for legal matters in the New York Police Department and has taught classes on criminal justice, public policy, history and law at Yale University, New York University, New York Law School and John Jay College.

Alex Vitale is the author of “City of Disorder: How the Quality of Life Campaign Transformed New York Politics” (New York University Press, 2008). He has published recently on the challenges that the Occupy Wall Street movement posed for local police. Dr. Vitale consults with police departments and human rights organizations internationally and is policy advisor to the Police Reform Organizing Project at the Urban Justice Center.

The event is the fourth installment in the Powell School’s “Conversations with City” breakfast series. Held in midtown Manhattan, these programs are designed as forums for experts, community leaders, and others attempting to meet the major social challenges of the day, as well as a way to introduce the vital work of the Colin Powell School to the broader New York City community.

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About The City College of New York
Since 1847, The City College of New York has provided low-cost, high-quality education for New Yorkers in a wide variety of disciplines. More than 16,000 students pursue undergraduate and graduate degrees in: the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; the Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture; the School of Education; the Grove School of Engineering; the Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education, and the Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership. U.S. News, Princeton Review and Forbes all rank City College among the best colleges and universities in the United States.

About the Colin Powell School
Inaugurated in 2013, the Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership comprises the five departments of Anthropology, Economics, Political Science, Psychology, and Sociology and dynamic interdisciplinary programs including International Relations, International Studies, Latin American and Latino Studies, Mental Health Counseling, Pre-Law, Public Service Management, Women’s Studies, and the Skadden, Arps Honors Program for Legal Studies. The School offers a wide variety of traditional and interdisciplinary undergraduate and graduate degrees and houses the Ph.D. program in Clinical Psychology offered by the CUNY Graduate Center. The Colin Powell School’s hallmark values of service and leadership permeate every aspect of its work and animate City College’s unflagging and historic commitment to access and excellence.

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