Category: Faculty News
Boston police say they have tried to address the practices that lead to racial minorities being stopped by law enforcement at an outsized rate, but observers have found the evidence lacking.
MET Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice Shea Cronin was quoted in an AP News article, “APNewsBreak: Boston police make little progress on race gap.” According to the story, a recent AP review of data on stops, searches, and frisks by police shows little progress in addressing racial disparities in street-level encounters. “My reading of the statistics is that there has not been much change in the racial composition,” Dr. Cronin is quoted as saying.
Among the most important lessons students in the Metropolitan College Arts Administration program learn is how to channel the collective power of art and culture with business, technology, and social impact. Jeannette Guillemin, director ad interim, School of Visual Arts, CFA, and Wendy Swart Grossman, nonprofit and foundation consultant, contributed a co-authored chapter to Creating Cultural Capital (University of Chicago Press, 2015) as well as designed MET AR 789 Cultural Entrepreneurship. The course explores the emerging trends in cultural entrepreneurship and how to harness the creative mindset to produce successful, economically viable ventures. The course, now taught by Swart Grossman, explores business models, storytelling, design, leadership, and financials. Following November’s election, the pair put on a conference that explored the potential for art and business organizations to join forces and create economic opportunities while addressing social issues.
The Arts & Ideas in Action Symposium brought together over 200 people from the private, nonprofit and governmental sectors as well as BU faculty, students, and academics.
Read more about the event in Exposure.
Boston Police Commissioner William Evans, who previously was awarded the Metropolitan College Roger Deveau Part-Time Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching for his work as an instructor in MET’s Criminal Justice program, delivered an address on the dangers of college drinking and the challenges it poses to law enforcement during a Boston Town & Gown Association meeting in early March.
See photos of the event at BU Today.
According to Dr. Mary Ellen Mastrorilli—MET professor, recognized incarceration authority, and faculty coordinator for MET’s online Master of Criminal Justice program—prisoner’s rights issues as they relate to sexual assault must be treated as human rights issues, and protecting them is a key tenet to ethical leadership.
In an essay featured in the March/April issue of American Jails magazine, Dr. Mastrorilli explores the ways leadership practices—like those taught in the MET’s Master of Criminal Justice with a concentration in Strategic Management program—can be best integrated into the corrections system.
Read more in American Jails magazine.
Social activism is on the upswing, but a MET authority on high-end fundraising is urging advocates to be circumspect in the stands they take on where money-raising events should be held. Mary Simboski, who teaches in the Fundraising Management Graduate Certificate program, warned that once expensive venues have been booked to host charitable events, attempts to reschedule them or change locations can prove costly and ultimately hurt the causes they seek to advance.
Read more in The Big Story, from the Associated Press.
When it comes to criminal justice reform, women—who make up a relatively small but growing amount of the United States’ overall incarcerated population—get the short end of the stick. According to Boston University Prison Education Program Faculty Coordinator Danielle Rousseau, reform often overlooks the specific plight of female inmates. This is a glaring oversight, the professor in the Metropolitan College Criminal Justice program says, as “women’s experience in the criminal justice system has an immense effect on future generations of our society.”
Read more at The Independent Voter Network.
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The global economy has made navigating complex international networks more essential to businesses than ever and, according to Supply Chain Management Graduate Certificate program faculty director Dr. Canan Gunes Corlu, the management skills required for a career in this arena are now at an increased premium.
Dr. Corlu told Boston.com that qualified professionals with the skills and training to manage global supply chains “are in short supply,” and that opportunities in the field are growing, making it an opportune time to pursue the 16-credit certificate offered on campus, online, and in a blended format at Metropolitan College.
Read the Boston.com article, published in coordination with the Knowledge Connection initiative, for more.
Dr. Mary Ellen Mastrorilli, associate professor of the practice and associate chair of Applied Social Sciences, was quoted in a Chicago Tribune article on families that face the holidays while a loved one is in prison. Dr. Mastrorilli, who spent two decades working in correctional facilities, and who is faculty coordinator for the online Master of Criminal Justice program, is quoted on the challenges prison staff also face during the holiday season.
Read the full story.
Certified Specialist of Wine Jacquelyn Groeper, who teaches in the Metropolitan College Certificate Program in Wine Studies—and who is also a graduate of the program—recently opened Artis Winery in Pembroke, Massachusetts. Her winery has already hosted MET’s Red Winemaking Laboratory—taught by Groeper and Master of Wine Bill Nesto—which offers lessons on how to process grapes, vinify them, and mature, analyze, stabilize, bottle, and label the resulting wine. Those interested in learning how to make wine should attend the Winemaking Information Session on Friday, April 21, 2017, 6–7:30 p.m., for information about the next laboratory.
Read more about Groeper’s Artis Winery in the Boston Globe.