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March 1, 2017
For Immediate Release

Brantford – Wilfrid Laurier University’s Brantford campus is holding a week of events March 6 to 9 to showcase student research and provide learning experiences for the general public and the Laurier community.

Brantford Research Week includes a keynote about police-community relations and will be presented by Const. Pam Devine, coordinator of the Diversity and Inclusivity Unit of the Durham Regional Police Service.

The week will start at 11:30 a.m. on Monday, March 6 with the preliminary round of a speech competition. Participating Laurier undergraduates will give short persuasive speeches about freedom of expression on university campuses.

A full-day Human Rights and Human Diversity Conference will be presented by the Human Rights and Human Diversity (HRHD) Student Association on Tuesday, March 7. Student presentations about human rights-based topics will be judged by professors, with two top presenters winning prizes.

The keynote lecture by Const. Pam Devine will address the work by and the need for the Durham Regional Police Service’s Diversity and Inclusivity Unit, which is working toward the development of best practices for diversity in policing as well as addressing the discrimination faced by racialized police officers. The presentation will be followed by a discussion period.

Following the keynote lecture, Laurier alumnus Trevor Mayoh (BA ‘09) will run a White Ribbon workshop to encourage healthy views of masculinity and prevent gendered violence, particularly on university campuses. White Ribbon is the world’s largest movement of men and boys working to end violence against women and girls, promote gender equity, healthy relationships and a new vision of masculinity.

The evening of March 7 will feature opening ceremonies for the Sixth Annual Criminology Conference, which runs most of the day Wednesday, March 8. The conference will feature student presentations, the best of which will win cash prizes. A free lunch and dinner will be served.

Poster displays by participants in the Research Apprenticeship Program will take place Thursday, March 9. Research apprenticeships are designed to allow exceptionally qualified undergraduate students to work closely with a faculty member on a project of mutual interest. The finals of the speech competition will also take place, with top competitors from the preliminary round giving informative speeches on a topic of their choice.

Times and Locations of Events

All events are free and open to the public. No registration is required.

Monday, March 6

  • Speech Competition, Preliminary Round: Carnegie Building (CB)100, 11:30 a.m.

Tuesday, March 7

  • Human Rights and Human Diversity Conference student presentations, CB205, 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
  • Durham Regional Police Service keynote: CB206, 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
  • White Ribbon Workshop: CB207, 2:30 p.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Opening Ceremony for Criminology Conference: Research and Academic Centre West (RCW) lobby, 7 p.m.

Wednesday, March 8

  • Sixth Annual Criminology Conference: Freedom House (Market Square), 11:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Thursday, March 9

  • Research Apprentice poster displays: RCW lobby, 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Speech competition final: CB100, 12:30 p.m.

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