2017 11th Annual Social Justice Symposium


    “The Social Justice Symposium is a one day event to engage faculty, students, community members, and health professionals in dialogue to raise awareness and foster social change. The Symposium is run entirely by students at the Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health at the University of Arizona. The 11th Annual Social Justice Symposium will explore the issues of mass incarceration and restorative justice in the United States.

    Keynote Speaker: Dr. Anthony Iton
    Title: America Unchained: Restorative Justice in the Age of Mass Incarceration
    Date: Friday April 7th, 2017
    Time: 8:00 am-1:00 pm
    Location: Duval Auditorium, Banner UMC

    Breakout speakers at UA Zuckerman College of Public Health 1295 N Martin Ave., Drachman Hall, Tucson, AZ 85724

    Admission is free and open to the public. Lunch will be provided to those who register. Please register using link: https://publichealth.arizona.edu/sjs-2017-registration 

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    Contact Us: uofasocialjustice@gmail.com
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    Carolyn Classen
    Carolyn Sugiyama Classen, a life long Democrat, was born & raised in the State of Hawaii, was a Legislative Aide for U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye on Capitol Hill, and practiced law for a while. In Tucson she worked as a tribal staff attorney for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and later was the Interim Executive Director of the now defunct Domestic Violence Commission. In 2008 she became a “My Tucson” guest columnist for the Tucson Citizen newspaper, then continued blogging for Tucsoncitizen.com for over four and a half years. Her blogsite was entitled “Carolyn’s Community” about community events and some political news, until Gannett Publishing shut down the site on January 31, 2014. She started with Blog for Arizona on Feb. 11, 2014. Part time she has been sitting as a Hearing Officer in Pima County Consolidated Justice Courts Small Claims Division since April, 2005. She is married to University of Arizona Distinguished Professor Albrecht Classen, a native of Germany. They have one son, who lives in Seattle, WA with his wife and daughter. She is also the Editor of the Southern Arizona Japanese Cultural Coalition website, www.southernazjapan.org (since Jan. 2013).


    1. Fascinating keynote speech by Dr. Anthony Iton (also a lawyer) whose topic was “does your zip code matter more than your generic code, with regards to health care?” And his answer was yes, based on study initially done in Alameda County (Oakland, CA) where they studied location of residence & death certificates for age. People living in inner city, poor neighborhoods died earlier than those in the suburbs & richer areas, due to the amt. of stress factors experienced by those living in poverty. Studies done across the nation verify this as well, and Dr. Iton said that 80% of what influences your health happens outside of the doctor’s office. Then I attended 4 workshops on “self-worth in flames — an inmate wildfire program”; fierce mothers about incarcerated women and their new roles as mothers, esp. healing on re-entry; whether restorative justice (RJ) is possible on college campuses (esp. with sexual assaults – in some cases); and TPD’s programs about using drug counseling and crisis intervention (at Crisis Prevention Center) as alternatives to incarceration. Top reported calls to TPD are “check welfare” ones and then domestic violence. Capt. John Leavitt, 35 year officer, is now working on narcotics prevention as a public health issue. Panel discussion at the end focused on four former inmates and their isolating experiences and difficulties in re-entering the work world, dealing with stigma & labeling, etc. for guys who “made a mistake”. Concept of treating the incarcerated as “humans” in the system and out, was emphasized today.

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