April 29 from 4:30-6 pm
Emotions and feelings are important in our daily lives. How can we identify our emotions and
how do we name those feelings and emotions? In the age of COVID-19, our emotions are both high
and low. Through our heart, we send messages to our brain to determine if we are safe
or need to protect ourselves. Join me in this journey as we explore our emotions and
feelings. This will be an active webinar of mindfulness movement, creative journaling
and doodling, and thoughtful practice. We will determine colors that represent our emotions.
These emotions will lead us to claim that power that is within us to better manage
April 8, 2021 from 1-2:30 pm
COVID-19 has highlighted devastating and long-standing disparities in the care of
older adults. America's aging population is increasing, yet their needs are often
marginalized, misunderstood, or missed entirely. Awareness is the first step toward
advocacy. Even if you do not have an elder person in your life, the impact of older
adult care in America affects us all.
March 4, 2021 from 3-4:30 pm
Damon West exchanged the American Dream for a dystopian nightmare. Far from the glory
of quarterbacking his college football team, roaming the Halls of Congress or trading
on Wall Street, his addiction to meth and subsequent multi-million-dollar crime spree
delivered him a life-sentence in a Texas maximum-security prison. One day, a seasoned
convict shared an allegory with him that changed his life. It taught him that, like
a coffee bean, the power to change any situation comes from inside you, not the forces
outside of you. Join our conversation to see how Damon went from serving Life in a
Texas maximum-security prison to teaching Prisons in America at UHD.
Keri Blakinger is a journalist who started covering death row and prisons after doing time herself. Currently a reporter with the Marshall Project and formerly with the Houston Chronicle, she will talk about the journey from prisoner to prisons reporter, discuss what life is like behind bars, and talk about the value of reporting on mass incarceration.
November 17, 2020 from 6 - 8:30 p.m.
Dr. Guskey will speak on how K-16 educators can deal effectively and equitable with
grading students virtually and in hybrid formats during the pandemic. Not an easy
task when learning has been turned upside down. As with our first responders, our
educators have been heroic during this most challenging time.
November 10, 2020 from 3 - 4:30 p.m.
These findings come from observations (sentencing hearings and records analysis) on 53 cases decided by 11 different U.S. District Court judges. The study discusses judicial decision-making within the framework of the federal sentencing guidelines. Emphasis will be on how judicial sentencing outcomes are influenced by both individual judicial preference and interactions with other courtroom participants (prosecutors, defense counsel, and probation officers).
Federal sentencing guidelines were created to address disparities in criminal sentences across similarly situated defendants. Some discussion will focus on the difficulty of identifying similarly situated defendants.
October 22, 2020 at 6:30 p.m.
Please join Dr. Laura Mitchell of UHD’s Urban Education department as she hosts alumna Stephanie Garza and Liz Montenegro who will describe their experience teaching in Houston area classrooms during COVID-19. Through the constructs of Social and Emotional Learning they will discuss how to take care of themselves so they are can better care for their students. Through self-awareness and self-management, safe learning environments are created for themselves and their students.
This innovative program partners law enforcement with mental health providers to offer assistance to people before they may become involved in the criminal justice system. Already successful, organizations around the country have asked for help to replicate the program in their local area.
Panelists include members of the Harris County Sherriff’s Office and the Harris Center who implemented the program as well as professors from the UHD's College of Public Service who are evaluating the project. Also joining us is Arnold Ventures who is funding the project.
If you are interested in hearing about solutions to some of the problems we face as
a society today, please join us to discuss this project. There will be time for questions
and answers with the panelists.