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Policing, Bridge Building, and the Quest for Safe Communities

A key challenge for efforts to promote racial equity and public safety, and to deal with past wrongs, is to bring as many people along for this journey as possible. This is difficult in a highly polarized society where even standard public health measures have become divisive, let alone an issue as polarized as police and the Black community.

This presentation will discuss a relational approach that is informed by the presenter’s work with political conservatives and liberals, with particular attention to a long-term project with police officers and Black men in Minneapolis.  No final solutions promised in this presentation, just a relational approach that does not demonize any group while we collectively try to find a way forward. 

Bill Doherty is a Professor in the Department of Family Social Science and an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health at the University of Minnesota. With his Citizen Health Care Project, he does community projects on health issues and on particularly divisive issues such as the relationship between Police and the Black Men.  Following the 2016 U.S. Presidential election, he co-founded Braver Angels, a citizen initiative to counteract political polarization and restore the fraying social fabric in American society. 

This Grand Rounds is jointly sponsored by a UCIS-funded collaboration between the School of Nursing and the Institute for the Family & the Department of Psychiatry’s Office of Diversity, Inclusion, Culture, & Equity 

Wednesday, June 16 at 12:00pm to 1:00pm

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