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Dickinson College to Host Virtual Panel on Race and Policing

Photo montage of the portraits of Raff Donelson, Matthew Guariglia, Stephanie Jirard and Vincent Stephens

Raff Donelson (L), Matthew Guariglia '12, Stephanie Jirard and Vincent Stephens.

Virtual discussion will examine race and policing on multiple levels

by Logan Cort '22

Dickinson College will host a panel of experts to examine race and policing in America. Their virtual discussion will take place Tuesday, Sept. 15, at 7 p.m. on a public YouTube livestream

The death of George Floyd and killings of Black Americans at the hands of police, including the deaths of Breonna Tayler and Elijah McClain, have spurred social unrest and massive protests across the U.S. and internationally. The panel will discuss the way policing at the local, state and federal levels interacts with race on a daily basis and in response to protests since the death of Floyd.  


  • Raff Donelson is an assistant professor at Penn State Dickinson Law. His work focuses on criminal procedure and legal philosophy. Donelson has been widely published and has been featured on several podcasts.  
  • Matthew Guariglia '12 is a visiting research scholar at the University of California-Berkeley. He is a scholar of race and policing and its exportation around the world. Guariglia currently serves as the policy analyst researching police and federal surveillance at the Electronic Frontier Foundation. 
  • Stephanie Jirard is the chief diversity officer at Shippensburg University, where she is a professor of criminal justice. Jirard served as a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy’s Judge Advocate General’s corps and as an assistant U.S. attorney. Jirard is also the author of two textbooks about criminal law and procedures. 
  • Vincent Stephens is the director of the Popel Shaw Center for Race & Ethnicity and the coordinator for the Bias Education and Response Team at Dickinson. Stephens is also the 2020-21 president of the Pennsylvania chapter of the National Association for Multicultural Education. He is the author of Rocking the Closet: How Little Richard, Johnnie Ray, Liberace, and Johnny Mathis Queered Pop Music and is co-editor of Post Racial America? An Interdisciplinary Study.

The event is sponsored by the Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues and co-sponsored by the Program in Policy Studies, the Women’s & Gender Resource Center and the Department of Latin American, Latinx & Caribbean Studies


Published August 28, 2020