Episode 200 - Dr. Sandra McGee, Teresa Hobson, Karen Gale, and Sandra Breault: Enhancing Relationships Forums: People and Law Enforcement Agencies Moving Change Forward

Monday, September 26, 2016, 7:40:54 AM

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In this episode, Dr. Sandra McGee, Teresa Hobson, Karen Gale, and Sandra Breault discuss their response to the widening divide between the African-American community and law enforcement officials. Following the killings of Michael Brown, Eric Garner, and Tamir Rice, as well as NYPD officers Rafeal Ramos and Wenjian Liu, our guests developed a working group and an action plan. Enhancing Relationships Forums is the tangible result, and it brings together representatives of law enforcement personnel, the Social Work profession, members of the African-American community, and the community at large for empathic dialog. Here, they describe the process, lessons learned, and recommendations for community action in communities everywhere.

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Average Rating: 5stars  review, Monday, February 06, 2017

By Alex :

This podcast presented the benefits of Enhancing Relationship Forums within communities. This recent initiative seems especially important and relevant in 2017.

These forums bring together various stakeholders to engage in empathic dialogue. More specifically, how to better connect law enforcement and African American communities is discussed. Through this initiative, social work professionals have the opportunity to lead and encourage community-based change. The goal is to build relationships and increase positive interactions between law enforcement agencies and African American communities.

Enhancing Relationship Forums provide stakeholders with a safe space to voice their concerns, and to engage in productive, honest, and meaningful discussions. The overall intent is to support preventative, proactive measures, and to encourage training in cultural competence. Through these forums, participants learn to collaborate and share responsibility for addressing specific challenges within communities.

This podcast was especially informative in revealing what actions we can take as social workers and as citizens to eliminate perceived threats and to build thriving communities.

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Average Rating: 5stars  community engagement, Saturday, February 04, 2017

By mary :

I thought that this was a very informative podcast studying the relationship between individuals and law enforcement, and the role of social workers within the context of a community. The issues presented in this podcast are very relevant given the current political climate, and I thought that the speakers gave an interesting insight for moving forward with education in the community. Assuring that transparency between systems, as one of the speakers said, strengthens relationships within the community, which is important in times when there is an issue in the community that needs to be dealt with. I agree that it is very important to develop a safe atmosphere where people feel comfortable to discuss issues affecting the community. Without this dialogue, certain issues can fall to the way side, and developing a plan to face the issue at hand becomes much more difficult. A distrust of law enforcement can dictate how people in the community react to crimes, and can change the role which law enforcement is expected to play. Creating a unified front on issues involves developing strong community relationships and using the role of the liason as a way to ensure that both sides feel connected to each other.

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