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Growth through Knowledge & Understanding: Biases, Hate Crimes, and Marginalized People
These sessions will focus on the lived experiences of people who have traditionally been the targets of biases and hate crimes thus becoming marginalized in society. The topics planned to be covered are more than race, gender, sexual orientation, or religion (which will be major topics) but will include victims of crime, physical and mental disabilities, the previously incarcerated, and others.
Oct 12, 2022 07:00 PM
Oct 19, 2022 07:00 PM
Nov 9, 2022 07:00 PM
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Speakers

Andrew Goretsky
@ADL Cleveland
September 14 Judaism
Laura Perkins
Emergency Response Organizer @Casa San Jose
September 28 Hispanic Populations Laura Perkins is Casa San Jose’s Emergency Response Organizer. In addition to immediately responding to ICE and police detentions in southwest PA, she coordinates Casa San Jose's legal services, which include the court accompaniment program, Know Your Rights sessions, human rights advocacy, and the Fondo Solidario de Pittsburgh bond fund. Laura started working at Casa San Jose in 2017, after nonprofit human rights work in Honduras and Nicaragua, throughout two political crises.
Kristin Malone-Boadair
@Blackburn Center
October 12 Women
Dr. Tim Holler
Associate Professor of Criminal Justice @University of Pittsburgh-Greensburg
October 19 Previously Incarcerated Dr. Tim Holler earned his B.A, M.A, and Ph.D. in Criminology at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He has been a member of the Pitt-Greensburg faculty since 2013. His research areas predominantly include restorative justice, correctional programming, gender-based violence, and reentry & reintegration. Dr. Holler is a faculty affiliate for the Center for Applied Research and the Director of the Community Arts and Reintegration Project. Dr. Holler currently serves on the Westmoreland County Criminal Justice Advisory Board, the Westmoreland County Reentry Committee, and the Pennsylvania Reentry Council. He is also an active member of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences where he serves as the Chair to the Restorative and Community Justice Section. Dr. Holler has most recently been awarded the 2021 Chancellor’s Distinguished Public Service Award and the 2020 Pitt-Greenburg Alumni Association Outstanding Faculty Member Award.
Sarah Sharper
Independent Living Coordinator @Disability Options Network
Wednesday, November 9 Physical & Mental Disabilities Sarah Sharpe was born and raised in South Carolina. She has always had an independent streak and wanted others with disabilities to be able to live their lives independently. She worked in a Center for Independent Living in South Carolina and empowered young adults and adults with disabilities to self-advocate for their independence. Recently, she moved to Westmoreland County and works for Disability Options Network as an Independent Living Coordinator. Here, she can use her skills to promote self-advocacy, independence, and employment for people with disabilities. When she isn’t working, you can find Sarah at home snuggling her cat, Dizzy or attending a writing academy to achieve her childhood dream of becoming a published author.