On February 4, 2015, Quinnipiac University’s Department of Cultural and Global Engagement held a panel event titled Liberty and Justice for All: Exploring Racial Profiling. Panelists included:
Tanya Hughes, JD, has worked for the Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities for almost 20 years, most recently as Executive Director. She has been active with the Connecticut Racial Profiling Projibition Project. During her first year as Executive Director, the staff increased overall productivity, reflecting a total of 2,069 cases filed, 2,321 cases closed, and $12,517,241 in settlements. Her goal is for CHRO to be known as the premier resource for civil rights in Connecticut.
The Reverend Kennedy D. Hampton Sr.
The Rev. Kennedy D. Hampton Sr., M.Div., has taught and preached the Gospel for more than 25 years, serving as assistant pastor and then pastor of Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church. He was named the Man of the Year by the Elm City Clubs and was honored as an “exceptional man of God” for his community work. He also received a distinguished citizen award from the West Haven Black Coalition and a civic award from Project Moore.
Don. C. Sawyer, III
Don. C. Sawyer, III, PhD, is an assistant professor of sociology and Quinnipiac University. He is currently working on a book analyzing the social and academic experiences of African-American male students in a dismantled urban middle school, and a documentary about how the hip-hip culture helps young people navigate their lives, cope with harsh urban realities and find hope. He is also the creator of the Crossroads Collective, a hip-hop program at an urban public high school in New Haven.
Lt. J. Paul Vance
Lt. J. Paul Vance has been a Connecticut state trooper for 40 years and serves as the commanding officer of the Public Information Office. He works to ensure that public safety issues are announced and publicized to Connecticut residents through print and broadcast media. Previously, he served as a patrol officer, a specialty K-9 handler, SWAT team member, helicopter medic, State Police Major Crime Squad detective, resident trooper in Prospect, Conn., and as an instructor at the State Police Training Academy.
The diverse group of panelists, including the moderator WTNH’s Keith Kountz, explored racial profiling — the causes, the consequences, the media’s role, and how the racial disparity can be bridged in communities.