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WEBINAR: Creating A Bias Incident Response Team For Your Campus

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Date: Thursday, December 6, 2012
Title: “Creating A Bias Incident Response Team For Your Campus”
Moderator: Jess McDonald, Media, Communications & Programs Manager, Campus Pride
Guest Presenter:
Pamela Freeman, Retired Associate Dean of Students and Director of Student Ethics and Anti-Harassment Programs and Adjunct Assistant Professor in Higher Education and Student Affairs at Indiana University, and Greg Miraglia, Dean at Napa Valley College and National Program Coordinator of Stop the Hate
Time: 3:00 pm EST/12:00 pm PST (50-75 minutes)
Only $95 per site (includes web recording)

Description: As colleges and universities attempt to provide learning and living environments that are safe, inclusive, and welcoming, many are creating response procedures for reporting of bias-motivated incidents, including hate crimes and incidents of incivility.  This session will focus on incident response teams as a procedure that can provide assistance to persons who have been affected by hateful or bias-motivated behaviors, while educating the campus community as an important step toward prevention of further incidents.  Guidelines will be provided that can be adapted to various types of institutions in establishing and managing incident response teams, based on the decades of experience of the presenters.  Designed for participants who already have response teams and want to improve them, as well as for participants who are planning new teams, this session will include ideas for communicating with administrators and the community-at-large about incident reports, rationale for having a response team, general principles for responding to reports, and pitfalls to avoid in establishing and managing teams.  University faculty, staff, students, law enforcement officers, and administrators who either have a role in responding to bias-motivated incidents or wish to learn more about teams as an option for their campuses are encouraged to participate in the webinar.

Participants will:

  • Explore why colleges and universities must be prepared for addressing bias motivated incidents (BMIs) and hate crimes
  • Consider who on your campus should and could be productive team members
  • Learn about pitfalls to avoid or address when establishing your team and other “lessons learned” at institutions that already have teams
  • Receive guiding principles for successful BMI teams
  • Gain practical information about how teams actually can and should function in small or large institutions
  • Become aware of different methods for communicating with the campus community about incident reports

Guest Presenter Biography:

Pamela W. Freeman is former Associate Dean of Students and Director of the Indiana University Office of Student Ethics and Anti-Harassment Programs, a unit within the Division of Student Affairs which administered the campus judicial system, three incidents teams (the first created in 1988), the Commission on Multicultural Understanding, and the Gay, lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Student Support Services Office.  The three incidents teams, which Freeman organized and co-chaired before her retirement in 2011, address harassment based on race, nationality, religion, and sexual orientation. Having worked with issues of diversity, prejudice, and discrimination, she also chaired the IU Commission on Multicultural Understanding since 1991 and presided over the IU Sexual Assault Service Providers Network. Freeman co-edited (with Shane Windmeyer) two anthologies about sexual orientation and membership in Greek letter organizations: Out on Fraternity Row: Personal Accounts of Being Gay in a College Fraternity and Secret Sisters: Stories of Being Lesbian and Bisexual in a College Sorority. She serves as a trainer and consultant for establishing campus bias motivated incident teams and continues to teach part-time in the Higher Education and Student Affairs Department at IU as Adjunct Assistant Professor.  Freeman received bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Purdue University and the doctoral degree at The University of Tennessee.  In 1985, she was hired at Indiana University to develop and direct the Student Advocates Office, which was her primary responsibility until being named Assistant Dean in 1988 and Associate Dean in 2000.

Mr. Miraglia is the Dean of Career and Online Education at Napa Valley College. He has 27 years of law enforcement experience and is currently the lead instructor in the area of human relations and hate crimes investigations at the Napa Valley College Criminal Justice Training Center. He is also the program coordinator of the LGBT Studies Program at Napa Valley College and created the Safe Space program for the campus. Mr. Miraglia serves as the National Program Coordinator for Stop the Hate and is a member of the board of directors for the Matthew Shepard Foundation. He is the author of “Coming Out From Behind The Badge,” and “American Heroes Coming Out From Behind The Badge,” both of which are about LGBT issues in law enforcement.

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