Violence in Diverse Communities

  • “Through the Valley of the Shadow of Death”

    Veronica Watson, Department of English

    Presenter will share a personal narrative and reflection on mothering an African American son in an era when so many unarmed black men have been, and are being, murdered. 

    “Domestic Violence on Hopi and Navajo Reservations”

    Angelique Montgomery, Department of Psychology

    For my research topic I would like to address controversial issues on both the Navajo and Hopi reservations with a concentration in domestic violence. People hear a lot about the alcoholism that plagues Native American Reservations, but domestic violence was the number one reason the police are called on the reservation.  My research is currently in its early inception. My goal is to raise awareness of the issues that occur on these reservations because they are issues that are affecting thousands of Navajo and Hopi women. I hope to discover how domestic violence is handled on the reservation and where women there can seek help, in hopes of being a stronger advocate for change.

    "Black Mothers and Community Violence”

    Tyrone Porter, Jr., Department of Sociology

    The purpose of this study is to investigate the lived experiences of Black mothers who have lost their children due to community violence, and who have used activism as a means of coping. In order to investigate their experiences, I will conduct 15 interviews with Black women activists who have lost their children as a result of community violence. This research will highlight the importance that activism has in mobilizing communities to fight for social justice.