Southeastern’s Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice and the Social Justice Speaker Series are hosting the Criminal Justice Colloquium event “Voices of Justice and Change.”

Three speakers are scheduled for March 14, 23, and 29 on Southeastern’s campus in Fayard Hall, room 207. All events are free and open to the public.

Assistant Professor of Sociology and Criminal Justice William A. Chernoff said for the first time ever, changemakers transforming the face and soul of the justice system today will speak about their experiences with the justice system.

“By amplifying these voices, this speaker series aims to build lasting bridges between justice system professionals, service providers, scholars, advocates, and system-involved peoples and share the secrets to a more people-centered system of justice,” he said.

The first speaker in the series is Alex Johnson on March 14 from 3:30 to 4:45 p.m. Known as “PoeticSoul,” the Lafayette native encourages others to never give up, stand up, be fearless, and be heard, Chernoff said. She has worked as a teaching artist in Lafayette Parish Juvenile Detention Home and was a featured panelist during the 2016 Split this Rock Poetry Festival in Washington, DC, where she discussed Language of the Unheard: Rural Children of Color. Johnson recently published a book of poetry titled Poisonous Thoughts and lead the Eyes of the Sun mural in Lafayette, a project sponsored by 24 Hour Citizen Project.

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