USC Price School of Public Policy

Price students address ‘Civil Justice in America’ during Black History Month

March 1, 2014

The Association of Black Students in Policy, Planning and Development at the USC Price School of Public Policy collaborated with other student groups to host an event series on “Civil Justice in America” in February, in honor of Black History Month.

LaVonna Lewis, professor and director of undergraduate programs at USC Price, discussed how neighborhood location affects residents’ quality of health and accessibility to healthcare. Lewis’ areas of research consistently focus on cultural competency and the health status and healthcare needs of underrepresented groups.

USC Price Associate Professor Lisa Schweitzer and Nathan Sessoms, vice president of programs and operations at the Los Angeles Brotherhood Crusade, spoke about institutional racism in America and its consequences for communities. Schweitzer specializes in urban studies, particularly analyses of social justice, environment and transport

USC Gould School of Law Professor Jody Armour led a talk titled “Incarcerated, but Unincorporated,” which addressed the U.S. justice system and how policy affects incarceration rates and recidivism.

ABS students screened the film “Dark Girls,” which explores deep-rooted biases and attitudes related to women’s skin color.