Research and Debate Days Set

Apr 12, 2021

Cal U students and faculty will participate in the Douglass Research and Debate Days event from the Frederick Douglass Institute Collaborative.

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Several Cal U students and faculty members will participate in the Douglass Research and Debate Days held by the Frederick Douglass Institute Collaborative

The events are scheduled from April 15 through April 23 and will include Cal U’s Hip-hop Conference on April 13 and April 15

The Frederick Douglass Institute Collaborative includes participants from across the 14 universities in Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education. The Research and Debate Days will be the first fully remote conference. The Douglass Debate Society, which usually culminates with a multi-university debate competition, will instead focus on critical social justice conversations. 

Here are Cal U’s student participants and their topics: 

Noon-1:15 p.m. April 15: Roxanne Bedillion, Bikers for Domestic Violence Justice.

4-5:15 p.m. April 15: Kaleigh Trainer, HIV/AIDS Among African Americans; Micaela Ricco, Social Justice In Health: African Americans and Sickle Cell Disease; Taylor Assad, Cardiovascular Disease in the African American Population. 

Noon-1:15 p.m. April 16: Emily Behm, Minority Students’ Disproportionality in Special Education in Urban Settings. 

Cal U faculty participants are Dr. Michelle Torregano, who will moderate a session called “Tactics” from 4-5:15 April 16;  Dr. Rodney Taylor and Dr. Ayanna Walker, who will participate in the Douglass Day of Debate, which begins at 10 a.m. April 23; and Dr. Gabriella Locke, a Frederick Douglass Institute Scholar at Cal U, who will close the Douglass Research and Debate Days at 1 p.m. April 23 with a community healing space.