Welcome to the conversation!

Welcome to the conversation!

Harriet Beecher Stowe's (1811-1896) best-selling anti-slavery novel Uncle Tom's Cabin (1852), made her the most famous American woman of the 19th century and galvanized the abolition movement before the Civil War.

The Stowe Center is a 21st-century museum and program center using Stowe's story to inspire social justice and positive change.

The Salons at Stowe programs are a forum to connect the challenging issues (race, gender and class) that impelled Stowe to write and act with the contemporary face of those same issues. The Salon format is based on a robust level of audience participation, with the explicit goal of promoting civic engagement. Recent topics included: Teaching Acceptance; Is Prison the New Slavery; Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North; Creativity and Change; Race, Gender and Politics Today; How to be an Advocate

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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

#SalonsatStowe: Meet the featured guests!

This Thursday, the Stowe Center will present "Unlearning Unconscious Bias," a Salon at Stowe program on the ways in which unconscious bias, often called implicit bias, impacts interpersonal interactions, thoughts, and public policies. Specific attention will be paid to the implications of implicit bias on the criminal justice system. Leading the program will be Deborah Ullman (facilitator), Maureen Price-Boreland, and Andrew Clark. Learn more about the featured guests below!

Deborah Ullman
Chief Executive Officer, YWCA, Facilitator

Deborah Ullman is the Chief Executive Officer of YWCA Hartford Region, a position she has held since 2005. Her commitment to the association’s mission is evident by her leadership, her vision and her continued dedication to quality childcare, supportive housing, financial empowerment and her sound financial stewardship of the organization. Through Deb’s unwavering commitment to every woman, she has brought renewed energy to the mission.

Deb, a life-long resident of Hartford, had a long and varied career in senior management in the insurance and financial services industry, including more than 20 years at Aetna. She sat on numerous insurance and securities industry committees and holds several financial services designations. Deb is a graduate of Lafayette College and lives in West Hartford with her husband, son and a golden retriever. In her spare time, Deb is a fiber artist including knitting and weaving. She serves on the Board of Trustees of the YWCA Retirement Fund, and as Vice President of the Board of Directors of Connecticut Association of Nonprofits. She was also appointed to serve on Council on Developmental Services for the State of CT Department of Developmental Services.

Executive Director, Community Partners in Action

Maureen Price-Boreland is the Executive Director of Community Partners in Action and is a twenty nine year criminal justice professional who holds a Juris Doctorate from the University of Connecticut School Of Law.

Ms. Price-Boreland believes that it is critical that we invest in resources and opportunities for those people involved in the criminal justice system as a means of making our community safer. It is short sighted to not offer better planning for the incarcerated population as 96% of them will return to communities eventually. To that end, Ms. Price-Boreland has worked with many partners at the legislative, municipal, community agencies and grassroots level to advocate for improved and more intelligent services for the criminal justice population.

Ms. Price-Boreland serves as an adjunct Professor at Central Connecticut State University teaching criminal procedure and diversity in criminal justice. She currently serves in the CT Sentencing Commission and the Governor’s Non-Profit Cabinet. She also serves as a Board Member on the Board of Directors of the Connecticut Association of Non-Profits.

Director of Institute for Municipal and Regional Policy (IMRP) at Central Connecticut State University

As Director of IMRP, Andrew Clark works to facilitate efficient and effective solutions to critical issues facing Connecticut policymakers. The IMRP brings together a dedicated team of CCSU faculty, staff, and students with state and national experts to provide immediate and long-range policy solutions.

Mr. Clark is currently head of the IMRP project team administering competitive grants that aim to provide positive interventions for children of incarcerated parents. In addition, Mr. Clark is Acting Executive Director of the recently established Connecticut Sentencing Commission which seeks to review current and proposed legislation affecting sentencing policies and practices in Connecticut to promote affective, balanced and responsible criminal sentencing. He is also project director for a grant from the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration that is being utilized to implement the state' s Alvin W. Penn Racial Profiling law.

Prior to coming to CCSU in 2005, Mr. Clark served as clerk of the Connecticut General Assembly's Appropriations Committee and aide to House Chair William Dyson for 5 years, where he assisted in the development and passage of significant criminal justice system reform legislation. He also served as clerk of the Transportation Committee for one year, and deputy clerk of the Finance, Revenue, and Bonding Committee for one session.

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