Up for Discussion

The Office of Multicultural Affairs teams up with some high-profile experts, including NY State Senator Eric Adams, to tackle tough topics including New York’s Stop-and-Frisk practices and homophobia in the Latin@ community.

“We’re really, really excited” says Denise Belén Santiago, PhD, director of the Office of Multicultural Affairs, of their upcoming event, Stop and Frisk, which features a panel discussion examining the current controversial policies that are heralded by some as a crime prevention tool and by others as racism at its worst.

On Thursday, October 11 from 12:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the NYC Campus’ Multipurpose Room, a panel of speakers will come together to discuss the nuances of stop-and-frisk and attempt to sort out the gray areas in between. Panelists include New York State Senator Eric Adams, Pace Law Professor Randolph McLaughlin, Data and Policy Analyst Coordinator for the New York Civil Liberties Union Sarah LaPlante, and Pace Professor of Criminal Justice and Security and former New York Assistant District Attorney Christina Chuliver. The panel discussion will be moderated by Pace Professor of Communications Studies Satish Kolluri, PhD.

“There’s another aspect to this event,” says Santiago, “which is that we’ll be working in concert with a new program we just started called the Urban Male Initiative. This was formed to benefit historically underrepresented black and Latino students at Pace.”

Also planned for this October, OMA will host In Our Own Words, On Our Own Terms: Reflections of Latin@ LGBTQ Writers. The event is scheduled for October 18, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. with a break for lunch before the writing workshop session.

“We decided to have the writers talk about their experience in what is largely a homophobic society within the Latino community,” Santiago says. “They will also be addressing how we become allies and how to effectively combat homophobia.”

The event will begin with the writers reading selections from their work, followed by lunch, and then a writing workshop for participants to tell their own stories, which will then be used as part of a digital storytelling project.

For more information or to RSVP to attend these events, contact Denise Belén Santiago at dsantiago@pace.edu