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Building Inclusive Communities: Improving Police-Community Relations

Join us for a day-long symposium that will explore the structural, institutional and societal shifts necessary to improve relations between local/federal law-enforcement agencies and communities of color. 

The symposium will examine local initiatives that increase police accountability, highlight community alternatives to incarceration and restorative justice programs, identify continuing gaps, and explore opportunities to address them collaboratively. 

Panel presentations will be followed by small group discussions and an exploration of best practices and next steps. 


8:30am - 9:00am

Keynote Speaker: Mr. Rahsaan Hall (awaiting final confirmation)
Director, Racial Justice Program, ACLU-MA
9:00am - 10:00am

Panel 1
Improving Resilience and Accountability
10:10am - 11:20am


Officer Brian Beliveau, Springfield Police Department
Mr. Ed Caisse, Hampden County Sheriff's Department
Dr. Gary Berte, Assistant Professor, Criminal Justice, Springfield College (former police officer)
Mr. David Sullivan, Northwestern District Attorney

Moderator: Ms. Linda O'Connell, Co-President, MA League of Women Voters

Panel 2: 
Addressing Prejudice, Advancing Restorative Justice, and Building Community
11:30am - 12:40pm


Mr. Nelson Roman, Holyoke City Councilor, Executive Director, Nueva Esperanza
Ms. Alicia Fleming, Community Activist, Lead Organizer, March for Racial Justice
Ms. Yolanda Cancel, Community Activist, South End Metro C3 Coordinator
Dr. David Rudder, Chair of the LWV/Springfield Police Accountability Committee, Dean, School of Professional and Continuing Studies, Springfield College

Mediterranean lunch
12:45pm - 1:45pm

Small Group Discussions
1:45pm - 2:45pm

Panel 3:
Exploring Collaborative Approaches and Next Steps
2:45pm - 3:45pm

Closing Remarks
3:45pm - 4:00pm

The event is free and open to the public--however, you must be registered to attend the event. Please register by emailing by May 20th, 2018. 


Holyoke Community College
Kittredge Center
Room No. 301 (3rd Floor)
303 Homestead Avenue
Holyoke, MA 01040
(Please park in Lots C and D for Faculty and Staff)