Discussion of hate crimes to be held in January at Ripon College

“Hate Crime: It’s REAL,” a 2½-hour panel discussion, will be held from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 15, in Great Hall, Harwood Memorial Union.

The event is being co-hosted by the College’s Center for Diversity and Inclusion and the Center for Politics and the People in conjunction with Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2018. Expert panelists will answer questions in a panel format on the topic as well as lead the group discussion. Any interested member of the community is welcome to attend at no charge. A dinner will be provided during the panel discussion. To participate, sign up here.

The panelists for the program will be:

  • LaPerish Barnes, residence hall director at Ripon College. He is a 2016 graduate of the University of Illinois at Chicago with a degree in history, focused on Nazi Germany, propaganda and African-American history, and a non-qualifying minor in criminal law. He has developed Ripon College’s first black male mentoring program, “B.R.O.” Twelve of the 18 black male students on campus are represented, and Barnes is looking reach 100 percent participation by the end of the academic year.
  • Demond Hill Jr., a two-time transfer student, first-generation student, elected student body president and Edgewood campus leader. “The attack was racially charged and it occurred the day after Charleston,” Hill says. “The stabbing left me to experience surgery and major complications as well as numerous amounts of issues with the current Madison police department.”
  • Jody Roy, professor of communication and the Victor and Carrie Palmer Endowed Chair for Leadership Values at Ripon College. The recipient of more than a dozen campus, state and national teaching awards, her research centers on how people communicate about crime and incarceration. Her publications include the book “Love to Hate: America’s Obsession with Hatred and Violence.”
  • Diana Lewis, a corrections program specialist with the Wisconsin Department of Corrections’ Office of Victim Services and Programs in Madison, Wisconsin She has worked there for seven years
  • Rose Hogmire, a senior from Lake Elmo, Minnesota, who is studying economics, and politics and government. With a commitment to social justice and equality, Hogmire previously served as president of the College Democrats and the Ripon College Feminists. With the Feminists, she met with student groups about the importance of bias incident reporting and distributed information throughout campus. The organization also organizes a yearly sexual health exposition and conducts controversial poster campaigns about sexism, earning the group the Ripon College Organizational Award for two consecutive years. She plans to work in women’s health and safety advocacy after graduation.
  • Deirdre Dalsing, MA, NCC, LMHC, LPC, the director of University Counseling Services at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. As a licensed mental health counselor, Dalsing provides counseling services to students on campus and is a strong advocate for ensuring that students know about the resources available to them. She is an ally for students who identify as LGBT, organizing students to be active bystanders who help and support others, and engaging others in conversations from a social justice framework. She developed the current Safe Zone/Ally training at UW-Platteville and serves on multiple committees and work groups specific to Wellness, Diversity and Inclusion, and Student Engagement. Dalsing has served on the UW-System Task Force on Sexual Violence and Harassment and is the chair of the UW-System Counseling Impact Assessment Committee.