Past Colloquia

QSIDE is proud to offer a wide range of programing including our Colloquium series. Please view our past Colloquia here:

Jasmine Drake, Associate Professor, Center for Justice Research, LSU and A&M College

The Critical Role of Forensic Science in Criminal Justice Reform

Speaker: Jasmine Drake, Ph.D., Associate Professor, TSU Center for Justice Research Faculty Fellow, 500 Women Scientists Fellow, Governor-Appointed Texas Forensic Science Commissioner
Date and Time: Dec. 3, 2020, 4:00 p.m. Eastern
Description: Dr. Jasmine Drake is an Assistant Professor and laboratory coordinator of the Forensic Science Learning Laboratory in the Barbara Jordan- Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs Administration of Justice Department at Texas Southern University in Houston, Tx. Dr. Drake is a native of Baton Rouge, LA and obtained her Bachelors of Science Degree from Southern University. She later obtained her Doctorate in Chemistry from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, LA. Upon the completion of her graduate studies, Dr. Drake received a prestigious postdoctoral fellowship from the National Research Council (NRC) to work for over 3 years at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Center for neutron research in Gaithersburg, MD, where she investigated the synthesis and characterization of novel intermetallic solid state materials using neutron diffraction and scattering techniques.

Samantha Tweedy, J.D., Chief Partnerships and Impact Officer at Robin Hood

Racial Justice & Philanthropy

Speaker: Samantha Tweedy, J.D., Chief Partnerships and Impact Officer at Robin Hood
Date and Time: Nov. 19, 2020, 4:00 p.m. Eastern
Biosketch: Samantha Tweedy serves as the first Chief Partnerships & Impact Officer of Robin Hood, a role she was instrumental in creating at New York City’s largest anti-poverty organization. She sets the strategy for, and manages, the team marshaling capital, attention, and resources to the programs and organizations that are proven to be most effective in the fight against poverty. Her key achievements since joining in 2018 include establishing the innovative $15M Power Fund to invest in leaders of color-led organizations that address economic injustice; launching the High-Quality Schools Fund to support the opening of 25 new schools serving New York City’s most under-resourced communities and students; and instituting Robin Hood’s first participatory initiative to directly engage community members in the organization’s grantmaking. She also designs and leads the execution of Robin Hood’s premier national annual thought leadership conference, No City Limits: Reimagining the Poverty Fight, which convenes community leaders, nonprofits, academics, policymakers, funders, and corporate leaders to explore the most effective solutions for increasing economic mobility. – full biosketch

Dena Montague, Research Associate, Global Environmental Justice Project, UCSB

Broadening Voices in Environmental Justice: Reconceptualizing Quantitative Approaches

Speaker: Dena Montague, Ph.D., Research Associate, Global Environmental Justice Project
Date and Time: October 22, 2020, 4:00 p.m. Eastern
Abstract: In their article “A quantitative systematic review of distributive environmental justice literature: a rich history and the need for an enterprising future,” Glenn Althor and Bradd Witt quantify the biases and scopes of environmental justice literature and find that “some of the world’s most polluted and inequitable societies are least represented in authorship.” This presentation will discuss methods we are exploring at the Global Environmental Justice Project to include marginalized voices rooted in the Environmental Justice Movement, in new forms of authorship. These forms of authorship range from expanding Western notions of quantitative data in West Africa to developing new approaches to data literacy in the U.S.