Mount Mercy teams with Civil Rights Commission to host diversity simulation

In October, Mount Mercy University’s criminal justice program hosted local law officials in a panel conversation on police use of force policies in Cedar Rapids and Linn County. The conversation continues on Nov. 18 through a special workshop, Roll of the Dice, Diversity and the Community: A Special Look at Criminal Justice.

“Last month’s panel discussion with Chief Jerman, Sheriff Gardner and Attorney Vander Sanden addressed citizen’s questions on use of force procedures at a local level,” said Deb Brydon, associate professor of criminal justice at Mount Mercy. “The Roll of the Dice simulation will take that discussion to the next level by examining diversity in the city as it relates to fields like education and criminal justice.”

Facilitated by the Cedar Rapids Civil Rights Commission with data from the 2014 State of Equity in Cedar Rapids report, the hands-on simulation will use dice to determine backgrounds and characteristics, giving attendees a different perspective for dialogs.

The free, three-hour workshop will begin at 6 p.m. in Betty Cherry Heritage Hall on Mount Mercy’s campus. Space is limited and RSVP is required to or by dialing 319-363-1323 ext. 1535. Refreshments will be provided.

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