Boys' Youth Group Hosts Diversity Dialogue: Your Life Matters
On Wednesday, October 14, over 150 participants tuned in to Diversity Dialogue: Your Life Matters, the second conversation in a Zoom series hosted by the Boys’ Youth Group of Loyola’s African American Youth Group (AAYG). The discussion featured notable scholars Jacqueline Battalora, PhD, and David Stovall, PhD, and explored the false dichotomy that portrays the Black Lives Matter movement as anti-police and anti-law enforcement.
Battalora and Stovall outlined the historical context of how America arrived at the point it is today with regard to race, racism and the criminalization of black bodies before black bodies are humanized. Stovall expressed the need to "dispel the falsifications that we've seen and hear through media coverage with the facts of the matter," and Battalora shared her experience as a former Chicago police officer.
Students raised questions about what type of diversity, equity and inclusion training police officers receive and about reappropriating state funds to meet the needs of our communities.
If you missed the discussion, click here to view a recording.
About the Speakers
Jacqueline Battalora Ph.D., is a passionate and engaging speaker addressing the complexities of what it means to be white within a nation that imposed whiteness as a matter of founding law. She is the author of Birth of a White Nation: The Invention of White People and Its Relevance Today, an attorney, professor of sociology at Saint Xavier University (Chicago), and a former Chicago Police Officer.
David Stovall, Ph.D. is professor of African-American Studies and Criminology, Law & Justice at the University of Illinois at Chicago. His scholarship investigates three areas: 1) critical race theory, 2) the relationship between housing and education, and 3) the intersection of race, place and school. In the attempt to bring theory to action, he works with community organizations and schools to address issues of equity, justice and abolishing the school/prison nexus. His work led him to become a member of the design team for the Greater Lawndale/Little Village School for Social Justice.