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B-CU Conference on Education and Social Justice to Address Tough Issues


Historically Black Colleges and Universities have always been at the vanguard of tackling society’s most intractable social issues. Bethune-Cookman University continues that tradition during its Education and Social Justice Conference: A Multidisciplinary Framework for three days, June 24 – 26, 2018.

Florida Times Union reporters Benjamin Conarck and Topher Sanders, whose award-winning investigative series “Walking While Black” found pedestrian enforcement in Jacksonville and throughout Florida to be racially disproportionate, are among those slated to present. The reporters found those ticketed, and chronicled the impact on their driver’s licenses, credit rating, and their day-to-day ability to work and raise families notorious for its lack of adequate pedestrian infrastructure.

A judges and lawyers track will critique of a recent sentencing disparities study brought to the forefront the Sarasota Herald-Tribune. This session will provide participants with an interactive opportunity to examine the myriad of factors that influence criminal sentences, including, but not limited to the judiciary as a fair and impartial arbiter of the law, the many roles of lawyers in the criminal process, the public perception of crime and sentencing, and the law itself. 

The conference will also feature panel discussions and dialogue focused on restorative justice, pre-arrest diversion and treatment for Florida juveniles and adults, ways to increase family engagement through parental involvement, educational access for students with disabilities, human trafficking and more. 

Also to be explored is the ongoing role of higher education in responding to and aiding a community’s holistic well being.

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About Bethune Cookman University:

Founded in 1904 by Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune, Bethune-Cookman University (B-CU) today sustains her legacy of faith, scholarship and service through its relationship with the United Methodist Church and its commitment to academic excellence and civic engagement.  B-CU offers 38 degrees on its main campus and online college. Located in Daytona Beach, B-CU is one of three private, historically black colleges in the state of Florida. The institution boasts a diverse and international faculty and student body of nearly 4,000.  For more information, visit

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