Distinguished Speaker Series
March 26th, 2018
March 5th, 2018
Beginning February 2018 Dr. Schmidt will be facilitating the Civics cohort of Orlando Together. Orlando Together seeks to fortify cities by undermining racial divisions as they manifest in religious, education, business, and civic life. The Civics cohorts will tackle policing and authority (February,) mass incarceration (March,) and reentry (April) with the expectation that these substantive areas will allow for deep conversations about race, implicit bias and privilege. There will be site visits and panel discussions followed by facilitated discussions. Then-Attorney General Eric Holder in 2009 said that the United States is a “nation of cowards” when dealing with the topic of race. Dr. Schmidt and the attendees hope to get brave.
Center Director Cynthia Schmidt is a leader of a Think Tank and a participant in a second.
- Dr. Schmidt leads a Think Tank based out of the Callahan Center, in Parramore. The diverse group of participants have met every few weeks since November, 2014 discussing race, implicit bias, social justice and police practices. They are currently developing a project called “Flipping the Panel.”
- At the request of City Commissioner Regina Hill, Dr. Schmidt serves on the Urban Crime Task Force. Dr. Schmidt co-chairs the Poverty Subcommittee. The Task Force announced their recommendations to the community during February and March of 2015. The Task Force will work for the balance of the Commissioner’s term, ie. three more years.
International Visitor Leadership Program
Black Lives Matter Presentation
Blue Ribbon Panel Facilitation
Creating a Dialog Between a City’s Police Department and the Community