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Northwest Missouri State University


News Release

Oct. 26, 2016

Student Senate sponsoring conversation about ‘Place and Complex Space’ Nov. 2

Dr. Ty-Ron Douglas

Dr. Ty-Ron Douglas

The Northwest Missouri State University community will continue its dialogue about diversity and inclusivity with a discussion of “Place and Complex Space: Policing in Modern America.”

The event will feature keynote speaker Dr. Ty-Ron Douglas, an acclaimed author, border crossing scholar and motivator. It also will feature a panel discussion with Dr. Dan Smith, Northwest assistant professor of political science; Dr. Kim Casey, Northwest assistant professor of criminal justice; Keith Wood, director of Maryville Public Safety.

The presentation begins at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 2, at the Ron Houston Center for the Performing Arts. It is free and open to the public.

Student Senate is sponsoring the event in collaboration with Northwest’s Office of Student Affairs, the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, the Criminal Justice Club and Pre-Law Society.

Student Senate President Hannah Sears said the event will serve as an extension of ongoing dialogue begun at Northwest last fall and aligned with the University’s strategic plan. Last November, Northwest students and faculty participated in a social justice forum to discuss issues of diversity, equity and inclusion. The University has since implemented a new structure to broaden diversity, equity and inclusion efforts campus wide for students and employees, in addition to impacting community initiatives.

“The nature of this event directly aligns with the strategic objective regarding diversity, equity, and inclusion,” Sears said. “Student Senate, alongside some fantastic mentorship has put together an inspiring agenda for the event.”

The author of three books, including his latest “Border Crossing Brothas: Black Males Navigating Race, Place, & Complex Space,” Douglas offers high impact, high energy presentations that draw on his work in college and professional athletics, black male success, black family studies, diversity and equity, teaching and learning, and critical spirituality.

Douglas is an assistant professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis, and an affiliate faculty member of the black studies program at the University of Missouri-Columbia. He earned a Ph.D. in educational studies and curriculum and teaching with a concentration in cultural studies as well as a post-master’s certificate in school administration. Drawing on his international background, Douglas’ work explores the intersections between identity, community space – such as barbershops, sports fields, neighborhoods and churches – and the social and cultural foundations of leadership and education.

He has taught in K-12 and post-secondary settings in the U.S. and Bermuda, founded and directed a GED Community School and served on the executive committee of the American Educational Studies Association. He has also been the recipient of many awards and scholarships, including the prestigious 2013-2014 UNCG School of Education’s Early Career Award, a 2013 Distinguished Dissertation Award by the American Educational Research Association (AERA), and the 2016 Mizzou College of Education Outstanding College Teaching Award.


For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager
mhorn@nwmissouri.edu | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468