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Speaker: Tuesday L Cooper, Ed.D. (she/hers) The Crown Act: What Did We Gain and Where Do We Go From Here
February 28, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
A Black History Month Event
This event is hosted by Holyoke Community College and open to the NECC community.
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Twelve states have passed their own versions of the Crown Act, legislation first enacted in the state of California in 2019. A similar act passed in the U.S. House of Representatives in September 2020, but failed to get any traction in the U.S. Senate. In March 2021, it was reintroduced by Senators Corey Booker, Elizabeth Warren, Ed Markey and several others. Almost a year later, there has been little action. What does this mean for the possibility of enacting a law that offers the protections of the Crown Act? Join us and explore the legal benefits of the Crown Act (on both the state and federal levels) and the future of equal protection for members of the African Diaspora.
Bio: Tuesday L. Cooper, Ed.D. has over 25 years of experience in higher education in administration and as faculty. Cooper began teaching interdisciplinary and criminal justice-related courses at the School of Human Services at Springfield College and currently serves as a professor of Social Sciences/Criminal Justice at Manchester Community College in Manchester, CT. Prior to her career in higher education, she practiced law (criminal defense and landlord/tenant) and worked in the human services field. She has 25 years of experience working in the non-profit arena including front-line work, community advocacy, capacity building, and leadership development.
Cooper serves as a reviewer for the Journal of Negro Education. She is the author of The Sista’ Network: African American Women Faculty Successfully Negotiating the Road to Tenure and Diversity on Campus (second edition, co-authored with David Schuman and Carolyn Pillow). In addition to publishing two articles, Cooper has made over 30 academic conference presentations (invited and peer-reviewed). Lastly, she’s served as a consultant for the City of Hartford’s Department of Families, Children, Youth & Recreation (Youth Services), and the State of Delaware, Department of Health & Human Services, Substance Abuse & Mental Health (Prevention).
Cooper earned an Ed.D. in Higher Education Administration from the University of Massachusetts Amherst; a J.D., from Western New England College School of Law; and a B.A. in Political Science from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. More recently, she’s earned certificates in Online, Hybrid & Blended Education and Working Adult Education from Laureate International Universities.