The 2017 Summit will offer students an opportunity to:
●Examine current policing structures and practices from a “systems” perspective and assess their impact on the communities they serve. Students will hear from and work alongside experts to identify key players and structural forces that produce and sustain current dynamics; learn about historical and present contexts that inform current tensions; critically analyze underlying issues and how they manifest in the present context.
●Rethink leadership as collective work. Through group discussions and collaborative action planning, students will examine the role that leadership plays in helping individuals and organizations actualize collective achievements.
●Develop their capacity for ethical, inclusive and collaborative leadership for justice. Students will participate in hands-on skill-development workshops to grow their leadership capacity.
●Take action by partnering with a local organization. Students will learn from the Vera Institute of Justice and Performing Statistics, a project of ART 180 and Legal Aid Justice Center that connects incarcerated and formerly youth, artists and Virginia’s top legal experts to transform the juvenile justice system. As part of this work, students will participate in a real-world challenge to advance the work of partner organizations.
●Extend the impact of the Summit to other student communities next academic year. Students will reflect on their experience and develop a project to share skills or knowledge gained on this topic with peers.