College Provides Forums for Students, Faculty, and Staff To Process Feelings Following Killing of Tyre Nichols
- February 7, 2023
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Montgomery College moved swiftly to respond to the killing of Tyre Nichols, the 29-year-old Black motorist killed by police in Memphis on January 7. As an institution committed to social justice, the College provided a number of opportunities for students, faculty, and staff to process their thoughts, feelings, and grief in the wake of this tragedy.
- On January 28, the day after body cam footage of the arrest and beating of Tyre Nichols
was released to news media outlets, Montgomery College President Jermaine F. Williams
sent a memo to the college community. In the memo, President Williams noted that the
College was organizing student forums.
- On January 31, a student forum took place at the Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus,
hosted by the Institute for Race, Justice, and Civic Engagement. Approximately 30
Montgomery College students, faculty, and staff gathered to discuss the events that
happened in Memphis.
While the conversation started with the events in Memphis, it turned to the upcoming training program that MC is delivering to the Montgomery County Police Department in accordance with the bill that Montgomery County Council Member Will Jawando put forward and eventually passed. Discussions centered on what the curriculum should look like, if reform is possible, and the unique issues facing Montgomery County.
- The Office of Equity and Inclusion, in collaboration with the Truth, Racial Healing
and Transformation Center, is hosting a hybrid (in-person and online) Let’s Talk! event, The Death of Tyre Nichols, Collective Community Action Around Policing; Racial
Healing and Strategies for Dealing with Trauma on Friday, February 10, from 11:30
a.m. to 1 p.m. Participants will have an opportunity to hear from professionals, discuss
racial injustice, and unpack trauma stemming from acts of violence rooted in racism.
A panel discussion, moderated by Montgomery College’s CEIO Sharon Wilder, includes
Dr. Andrae Brown, professor of psychology at Montgomery College, and Captain Sonia
Pruitt, professor of criminal justice at Montgomery College.
Registration and event information is available here (PDF, ) .
- The College scheduled Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation (THRT) healing circles
on the Rockville Campus. The forums will take place on Fridays, February 10, 17, and
24. Please contact Irene Moshesh, director of the MC Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation
Campus Center, at email@example.com for registration and details.
- An opinion piece written by Montgomery College Professor Sonia Pruitt, “Why Police Reform Utterly Failed To Protect Tyre Nichols,” was published on CNN.com on Saturday, January 28. Professor Pruitt is a retired
Montgomery County police captain and is the founder of The Black Police Experience, which promotes the education of the intersection of law enforcement and the Black
- Professor Pruitt also appeared on other media outlets including USA Today and MSNBC.
- The first 30-hour training of Montgomery County Police Department recruits by Montgomery College faculty and staff is scheduled for the week of March 27.
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