Conversations with Holy Cross Alumni
At a moment when many students feel particularly compelled to activism that improves the well-being of Black and Brown people, and are searching for ways to channel that activism into long-term structural change, the McFarland Center is offering three special summer opportunities to engage with young alumni who have become leaders in that work. These moderated discussions identify structural barriers that disproportionately affect Black and Brown communities, explore actions that can help to close the racial gap, and help students think about how they can do the same.
July 14, 2020: Malik Neal ‘13, Director, Philadelphia Bail Fund
Malik Neal is a founding member and director of the Philadelphia Bail Fund, a nonprofit organization that works to prevent the unnecessary jailing of low-income Philadelphians by posting bail and advocating for reform. He explains why the cash bail system is unfair and criminalizes poverty, how people of color are disproportionately penalized, and ways students can get involved.
Malik is joined by Dante Jones, a North Philly resident who was detained pretrial in Philadelphia’s jails, convicted of no crime other than an inability to pay for his freedom.
July 21, 2020: Rashaunda M. Tyson ‘04, Assistant Principal, University High School of Science & Engineering, Hartford
A secondary school educator and former New York City Teaching Fellow, Rashaunda Tyson will discuss why improving educational opportunities for Black and Brown students at the primary and secondary levels is critical to our future. This discussion will also look at the impact of the way that America funds public education and the range of challenges that educators are called upon to address.
July 28, 2020: Jerry Dickinson ‘09, Associate Professor of Law, University of Pittsburgh
Jerry Dickinson is a law professor who specializes in constitutional law, property, and affordable housing law and policy. As a recent candidate for Congress, he advocated for equitable and inclusive housing, development of a federal community land trust fund, fair housing laws that prohibit discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation, and renters’ rights. He'll reflect on how such work can be done through scholarship, activism, and politics.