Educational Events & Trainings

Spring 2019 Events

Life on Parole

Date: Tuesday, February 19, 2019
Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Location: Konover Auditorium, Thomas J. Dodd Center

Join us for a special screening of the PBS Frontline/New York Times documentary Life on Parole.  The film examines efforts in Connecticut to change the way parole works and reduce the number of people returning to prison.  The film follows four recently incarcerated individuals as they navigate their first year on parole.

Post-show discussion will feature perspectives from different sides of this issues, including that of someone previously on parole.

This is an approved Honors event

Co-sponsored by
Community Outreach
Human Rights Institute
Humanities Institute
&
The Thomas J. Dodd Research Center

 

Previous Events-Fall 2018

One Vote Documentary Screening

Date: September 18th
Time: 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Location: ITE, C80

One Vote bears hopeful witness to the humanity and rich diversity of American voters, and to the unsung stories that comprise our exercise of democracy. It is an inspiring film that follows five diverse Americans on election day 2016. At times funny, surprising and heart-wrenching, the film eschews partisan politics in favor of an honest portrayal of voters' Election Day experiences.

This is an Honors approved event.

National Voter Registration Day

Date: September 25th

National Voter Registration Day is a national holiday celebrating our democracy. It was first observed in 2012 and has been growing in popularity every year since. Held on the fourth Tuesday of September, National Voter Registration Day will be observed on Tuesday, September 25th this year. The holiday has been endorsed by the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS). It is further supported by the National Association of State Election Directors (NASED).

Pathways to Activism 

Date: Friday, October 19th
Time: 2:00 pm
Location: Bousfield A106

Activism is NOT one major, resume, or background. Hear from activists in a variety of fields making meaningful impacts all around Connecticut.  Panels include:

  • Ayesah Clarke, MSW- Friends of Jahana Hayes Field Director and Hartford Board of Education
  • John Newman, ESQ.- Senior VP and General Counsel at Covenant Health Inc. & UConn Law Professor
  • Maddie Granato, MSW- Policy Manager at Connecticut Women's Education and Legal Fund
  • Kevin Bonson- Secretary of State's Executive Assistant & Deputy Communications Director

What Should We do About the Opioid Epidemic?

Date: October 22nd
Time: 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Location: Rowe 122

Community Outreach’s Dialogue Initiatives will be hosting a deliberative forum focusing on the opioid epidemic. The purpose of a deliberative forum is to: focus on the options, consider all options fairly, and maintain an open and respectful atmosphere. We hope to encourage participation from students who aren’t too familiar on the opioid epidemic to those who consider themselves well-versed on the topic. We want this to be an experience where we can listen and learn from each other. The event is participant-focused and there will be facilitator-led small group discussions.

We will present three options for deliberation. The options are: Focus on Treatment for All, Focus on Enforcement, and Focus on Individual Choice. Each option has its advantages as well as drawbacks.

During this forum, we will also discuss the implications of the opioid epidemic on the state of Connecticut. Recently, Governor Dannel P. Malloy announced that the State of Connecticut is receiving over $20 million in federal funding to enhance the state’s efforts in fighting the opioid epidemic. We will also juxtapose the sympathy and action given to the opioid epidemic with other epidemics (such as cocaine or marijuana).

Register here: https://uconntact.uconn.edu/event/2835623

Coming to America - A Dialogue on Immigration

Date: December 3rd, 2018
Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: Rowe 122

Community Outreach’s Dialogue Initiatives host a deliberative forum on the current immigration situation in the United States. The purpose of a deliberative forum is to: examine the given options, consider all of them fairly, and maintain an open and respectful atmosphere of discourse and learning. We encourage participation both by students who aren’t too familiar with immigration as well as those that consider themselves well-versed on the topic. We want this to be an experience where we listen to and learn from each other. The event is participant-focused, and there will be facilitator-led small group discussions.

We will present three options for deliberation:

  1. Welcome immigrants, be a beacon of freedom
  2. Enforce the law, be fair to those who follow the rules
  3. Slow down and rebuild our common bonds

This dialogue is particularly pertinent in light of current goings-on at the southern border, as well as the larger conversation on – and the long discussed and mooted overhaul of – the US immigration system.