Free Monthly Webinars on Community Issues

The Winter Institute Community Learning Series is an ongoing webinar series from our Community & Capacity Building team. Each month, a different speaker will present on an issue concerning our community. Webinars are free and open to the public. Each session will be limited to 100 participants, and pre-registration is required.


Mining the Trust Gap: Protest and American’s Views of Police Behavior
March 18, 2021
12:00 – 1:30 pm CT

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About the Session

Despite the protests this summer, there remains a race-based gap in the trust that Americans have regarding the police. This presentation will explore some of the reasons for this trust gap and discuss police procedures that might restore trust in the police for Americans of all racial backgrounds.

About the Presenter

A nationally recognized scholar in the area of policing and hate crime, Dr. Jeannine Bell is a professor at the Indiana University Maurer School of Law. Dr. Bell’s research is broadly interdisciplinary, touching on both political science and law, and relying on her empirical expertise. Her most recent book, Hate Thy Neighbor: Move-in Violence and the Persistence of Racial Segregation in American Housing, shows through heartbreaking stories that “despite professions of tolerance, whites continue to patrol racial borders.”


2021 Presidential Transition
April 1, 2021
12 pm CT

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About the Session

Dr. Temika Simmons, Director of the Local Government Leadership Institute at Delta State University, will discuss the January presidential transition. Dr. Simmons will highlight strategies for harnessing individual power and influence to impact systems and processes and advance racial equity and social justice.

About the Presenter

Prior to her work with Delta State’s Leadership Institute, Dr. Simmons served as an active, tenured member of the DSU faculty for more than eight years. Her research interests include professional & racial identity development, teaching efficacy, and municipal and community leadership. In addition to directing the LGLI, Dr. Simmons serves as Chair of the campus Winning the Race Conference and campus lead for Mississippi’s Delta Proud Youth Initiative. Dr. Simmons is a proud graduate of Jackson State University and Howard University where she received her undergraduate (B.S.E.) and graduate (M.Ed. & Ph.D.) training in Educational Psychology. She is a native of Jackson, MS, and lives in Greenville, MS with her husband and two children.

Watch Previous Webinars

Jemar Tisby: The American Church’s Complicity in Racism from Winter Institute on Vimeo.