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CCOM Symposium 2016

The Conviction of the #Hashtag: Problematizing #BlackLivesMatter (PANEL)

Monday, February 29  |  NOON–2:00 PM  |  Johnson Room  |  BCR Credit

In the wake of the recent movements across our nation drawing attention to racial relations—along with a re-imagined debate from African American college students about how their education and experience should prepare them for a successful future—how can we convene as a group to learn more about the movements bringing our attention the current state of racial affairs?

It is no coincidence that there has been an increase in the national debate of state-sanctioned violence targeting the African American community, along the persistent dehumanization of the Black body, and the rise of campus related racial tensions; the Desmond Tutu Center (DTC) invites you to join us in a panel discussion moderated by Terri Jett, American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) Board President and Butler University Professor; Marshawn Wolley, Director of Partner Relations for Visit Indy; Rev. Dr. David Hampton, Senior Pastor of Light og the World Christian Church; Judge David Shaheed, Civil Court Judge; Whittney Murphy, Christian Theological Seminary Graduate Student and Indy Pride Director of Diversity and Inclusion; and current Butler University undergraduate students Anthony Murdock of Bust the B.U.B.B.L.E., and Tabitha Barbour of the Butler University Black Student Union.*

*Please note, all the panelists are still tentative at this point

More about the Panelists:

Marshawn WolleyMarshawn Wolley is the Director of Partner Relations for Visit Indy. He previously worked with the Super Bowl Host Committee to implement and manage the NFL’s emerging business program, which provided opportunities for minority‐ and women‐owned businesses to participate in the Super Bowl procurement process. As the President of the Black Student Union at IU, he advocated and was able to get into the university system‐wide budget $4 million allocated over five years for increased recruitment and retention of minority faculty, students, and staff. Wolley is an Associate Faculty member at the School of Public and Environmental Affairs where he teaches a course on Diversity and Criminal Justice Issues. He currently serves as President of The Exchange at the Indianapolis Urban League, a young professionals group, where he also serves on the Executive Committee of the Indianapolis Urban League Board of Directors.

David Hampton PhotoRev. Dr. David Hampton serves as Senior Pastor of Light of the World Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Indianapolis. He currently sits on the City of Indianapolis Board of Zoning Appeals, Indianapolis Urban League, and the Serve Indy Committee. Dr. Hampton has received the Presidential Call to Service Award 2011 (which was recognized by President Obama) and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Human Rights Award in Religion in Indianapolis in 2007.



Judge David Shaheed PhotoJudge David Shaheed became the judge in Civil Court 1 in August, 2007. Prior to this assignment, Shaheed presided over Criminal Court 14, the Drug Treatment Diversion Court and Reentry Court. The Indiana Correctional Association chose Shaheed as 2007 Judge of the Year for his work with ex-offenders and defendants trying to recover from substance abuse. Shaheed was a judicial officer in the Marion County Superior Court beginning in1994 starting as a master commissioner and being appointed judge by Governor Frank O’Bannon in September 1999. Shaheed has also worked as an attorney for the State of Indiana and a chief administrative law judge. Shaheed was on the board of directors for Seeds of Hope, (a shelter for women in recovery), former vice-president of the Indiana Juvenile Justice Task and President of the Interfaith Alliance of Indianapolis and current board member of the Center for Interfaith Cooperation.

Whittney MurphyWhittney Murphy is a current graduate at Christian Theological Seminary seeking her Master of Divinity (M.Div.) and a Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy (MAMFT). She is a native of Cleveland, Ohio who graduated from Butler University in 2011 with a triple major, earning her Bachelors of Arts in International Studies, Political Science, and French. She stays connected to her alma mater by serving on the Young Alumni Board as well as the Black Alumni Association as a past officer and committee member. She currently serves as the Director of Diversity and Inclusion for Indy Pride, Inc. as well as the Student Body President at Christian Theological Seminary. Whittney is very passionate about the many facets of societal social justice, but specifically takes an interest in the social, economic, and political liberation of the Black LGBTQI (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning/Queer, and Intersex) community in Indianapolis and beyond. Whittney is a part of the Disciples of Christ (Christian Church) where she attends Light of the World Christian Church and is on track towards ordination and clinical mental health licensure.

Anthony Murdock IIAnthony Murdock II is a sophomore at Butler University with a major in Political Science and minor in Religion. He is the Director of Initiatives for Bust The B.U.B.B.L.E. and is representing its leadership core, a group of Butler students formally known as "Founders X." Bust the B.U.B.B.L.E. is a movement that was founded in December 2014 in response to Butler University's Black Lives Matter Protest (and it's social media aftermath). Its mission is to promote the student of color's perspective at Predominantly White Institutions across the country with a particular emphasis on black students here at Butler, doing so through diversity education, cultural awareness, and action-oriented activism.

Tabitha BarbouriAs a third year student from Clarksville, TN, Tabitha Barbour '17 is a double major in English and Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies at Butler University.  At Butler, she is a Resident Assistant, member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Alpha Chapter, and has been a member of the Black Student Union for three years.  As the Present of the Black Student Union, she serves by the organization's three pillars: culture, community, and commitment to social activism.  After completing her education at Butler University, she aspires to continue her commitment to justice and equity through obtaining a law degree and working in civil rights and environmental justice.

Terri JettDr. Terri Jett (Moderator) is an Associate Professor of Political Science and Special Assistant to the Provost for Diversity and Inclusivity at Butler University. Dr. Jett is also an affiliate faculty member of the Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies Program. She teaches courses on U.S. politics with a focus on the experiences of African Americans and other ethnic minorities such as Black Political Thought and The Politics of Alice Walker. Her research focus is on the post-Civil Rights Movement experiences of African Americans in rural communities in the southern U.S. and she is currently writing on the recent settlements of Black, Native American, Women and Latino farmers against the United States Department of Agriculture for discrimination. Dr. Jett has a B.A. in Ethnic Studies and a Masters in Public Administration from California State University, Hayward (now East Bay) and a Ph.D. in Public Policy and Public Administration from Auburn University. She is President of the Board of the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana, is on the Indiana Debate Commission, and is an elder at Witherspoon Presbyterian Church.