How do we do that? In 2012, I was asked to be a subject matter expert to develop advanced in-service training for Wayne County Sheriff Department (Detroit) - Corrections. The following year, Lorraine Priest and I presented a paper at the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (criminal justice professors) conference in Dallas. The paper was on the efforts of higher education to develop training for criminal justice.
In 1985, I took a statistics course at a community college. I did a survey of jails involving parity pay and attrition. A few years later, I worked with another staff member to expand the study. For many years, I was asked to redo the study. in 2014, I began a series of research studies on parity issues. Frederick Lawrence, Raymond Delaney (UOP Doctoral student- now graduated) and Pam Gordon wanted to join in the studies. The first article discussing the results will be published in Sept/ Oct 2016 by the American Jail Association (see attached).
Events in Ferguson, Baltimore, etc. provided an opportunity to expand. One to the topics I was given for Wayne County was on "Cultural Diversity" which I changed to "Cultural Conflict" because that is where the problem really lies. So we began writing papers, giving presentations and workshops on the topic. In speaking with Dr Carlos Aquino (Workplace Diversity) we decided to add another section to the Workplace Diversity section. There was already a Criminal Justice research community in the Workplace Diversity section. I decided a section on Cultural Conflict would be appropriate.
The Cultural Conflict research community consists of faculty from different colleges. A few are:
Ray Bynum- Criminal Justice
Lorraine Priest - SAS Business Admin
Frederick Lawrence - SAS Business Admin
Raymond Delaney - Criminal Justice
Maryse Nazon - Social Sciences
Debbie Ferguson - Social Sciences
Donnetta Hawkins - Social Sciences
Pam Gordon is now a fellow in Workplace Diversity.
We are slowly expanding out the topics to include offenders with special needs and reentry programs. We work together and separate on several projects. While the thought of scholarship is daunting at times, you don't have to do it by yourself. You can work with others to develop projects of common interests. There are numerous opportunities in the various sections of the Research Hub. Sometimes the toughest part is to know where to start.