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Contextualizing Hazing and Gang Violence Workshop
College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Blue Cross Blue Shield Auditorium
11/2/2012 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

The College of Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities and the School of Journalism and Graphic Communication (SJGC) join forces to co-host a community workshop on “Contextualizing Hazing and Gang Violence” today, Nov. 2 at 5 p.m. The workshop will be held at the FAMU College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences in the Blue Cross Blue Shield Auditorium. General admission is $5 and free for FAMU students with a valid Rattler ID.
          
Attendees will learn strategies for preventing and combating hazing on college campuses from an expert panel: Valerie Goodloe, photojournalist and filmmaker; Khalid A. Samad, community activist; and Adeiri Onisegun.
          
“This particular event is looking at organized community violence including hazing, which is a form of organized violence,” said Jermaine Robertson, FAMU assistant psychology professor and moderator of the workshop. “We’re highlighting the parallels of gang violence and organizational violence that happens on college campuses.”
          
Robertson said one goal of the workshop is to offer recommendations and solutions for dealing with the issues of hazing and gang violence on college campuses by creating organizations that are based on respect and dignity.
          
Panelist Goodloe will feature her award-winning documentary “Gang Girl” during the workshop, which depicts a young woman’s journey to self-discovery while struggling with gang violence in Los Angeles. The documentary, directed by Goodloe, has won several awards including the 2011 Winner Circle Award at the Pan African Film Festival. It was also the official selection for the REELWORLD Film Festival the same year.
          
Spencer Tyrus, co-chair of the workshop, hopes the workshop serves students in a way that inspires them to think and create preventable measures when it comes to hazing and gang violence.

For more information on this event, contact the Division of Continuing Education at (850) 599-3474.


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