MONDAY, APRIL 2
LORY STUDENT CENTER - ROOM 312
12 NOON - 1 PM PRESENTATION
1 - 2 PM QUESTIONS & INTERACTIVE DIALOGUE
A Dialogues Around Difference event from the Diversity and Human Rights Committee
Grand Challenges for Social Work: "Promote smart decarceration"
There will be a break between the presentation and Q&A for people to get to/from class.
Guest presenter Tara Opsal is an Associate Professor of Sociology and the Director of Undergraduate Studies. Her research focuses on the way systems of formal social control intersect with and shape individual and group behavior. To examine this question, Dr. Opsal’s research considers two spheres where government regulation/intervention occurs: crime/victimization and, additionally, the environment. First, her work critically examines the criminal processing system and the consequences of sentencing and correctional policy for those impacted by it. In this area she has conducted research on parole, reentry from prison to the community, foster youth, and bystander programming. Regarding the environment, Dr. Opsal focuses on how the public understands the role of state institutions in protecting (and neglecting) the environment through regulatory policy. Her research in this area focuses on oil and gas development in the state of Colorado and examines citizens’ experiences with state and local regulatory actors.