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On December 5 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Holt Room of the Hennessy Center, the College is pleased to host Racial Equity: The Role of Leadership in Eliminating Disproportionality and Disparities presented by Joyce James, LMSW-AP. This event is designed for leaders in human service organizations, community organizations, law enforcement, and education and is sponsored by the Rockland County Department of Social Services with a grant from the New York State Office of Children and Family Services.

Ms. James will share the story of her 33-year journey from Child Protective Services Caseworker to Child Welfare Director for the State of Texas and most recently, as Associate Executive Commissioner for the Center for Elimination of Disproportionality and Disparities. Under her leadership, Texas became the first state to establish legislation requiring CPS to confront disproportionality, resulting in the development of the Texas Model for addressing disproportionality and disparities.

During her career, Ms. James has provided consultant services to multiple states and systems across the country, including juvenile justice, law enforcement, health, mental health, child welfare, and education. Her presentation will include:

  • Data specific to children's systems and how it relates to working experiences in Rockland County.
  • Practical applications by which juvenile justice and related disciplines can address disproportionality.
  • Methods for a new and productive dialogue on how people can constructively confront and make identified changes in systems.

Seating is limited and registration is required. For more information or to register, please contact Cassandra Horton at cassandra.horton@dfa.state.ny.us.

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