May 11, 2015 Racial and Ethnic Disparity (RED) Committee Meeting

Audience

Illinois Juvenile Justice Commission Racial and Ethnic Disparity Members and Staff. The public is welcome to attend.

Date/Time

May 11, 2015, 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Location

  • 823 E Monroe
    Springfield, IL
  • 21 South Clark Street
    Suite 4301
    Chicago, IL.

Agenda

  1. Call to Order
  2. Roll Call
  3. Approval of Minutes
  4. Project Updates
    1. CASP
    2. DMC Newsletter
  5. DMC Toolkit/Forum
    1. Workplan/Timeline
    2. Debrief of toolkit workgroup meeting
    3. DMC forum planning
  6. New Business | Public Comment
    1. Commission's three-year plan
  7. Next Meeting Date- June 8, 2015
  8. Adjourn

Minutes

  1. Call to Order
    The meeting was called to order at 9:37am.
  2. Roll Call
    Chairman Esther Franco-Payne, Michael Rodriguez, Shelley Davis. Quorum present. Staff: Rob Vickery, DMC Coordinator-Karima Douglas, Mukhayyo Azamova (intern), Julie Stremlau. Guests: Stephanie Kollmann, Kanako Ishida, Caronina Grimble, Keyria Rodgers, Vanessa Weaver, Erica Hughes, Sherifat Olowopopo, Sarah Yousuf, Elizabeth Alexander, Henrika McCoy, Era Laudermilk.
  3. Approval of Minutes
    Commissioner Rodriguez motioned to approve the minutes from March 16th and April 13th. Commissioner Davis seconded the motion. All in favor minutes approved.
  4. Project Updates
    1. DMC CASP
      Vanessa Weaver from the Peoria County Juvenile Justice Council informed the committee about the JJ Council's recent meeting. The Council is establishing a steering committee and continues to attract more members. They have probation, the State's Attorney's office, public defender, etc. They also have a website at www.peoriacountyjjc.com. The Council has also contracted with consultants from Roosevelt University.
      Keyria Rodgers of the Macon County Juvenile Justice Council reported they have had three mini-forums and their work continues. The next forum is scheduled for June. She explained their focus on using the Bridging the Divide project in Macon County. Chairman Franco-Payne suggested that as the CASP project comes to an end, the Commission evaluate and present on the usefulness of the curriculum so that other stakeholders may benefit.
    2. DMC Newsletter
      DMC Coordinator Douglas talked about the recent newsletter and its distribution. She requested committee members let her know about upcoming events and stories they would like included in the monthly newsletter. Commissioners Rodriguez and Davis asked that the Committee determine opportunities for expanding the newsletters recipient base. We need to address the DMC and juvenile justice issues with practitioners and take their suggestions and feedback to the IJJC. Executive Director, Robert Vickery suggested we add the newsletter to the IJJC website in more permanent form.
  5. DMC Toolkit/Forum
    1. Debrief of toolkit workgroup meeting
      It was suggested that a tool kit would be beneficial per discussions at last meeting and Karima presented on what they found. She explained the various issues and topics to identify and address, etc. Commissioner Rodriguez added that they are doing a report assessment on young people, about 1500 Hispanic youth as the target audience. He noted that we need to keep the audience in mind when making formal decisions on what issues to target. We continue to collect ideas and work to determine the best means of presenting.
    2. DMC forum planning
      The committee discussed a draft agenda for the fall DMC forum. Chairman Franco-Payne added that there is a need for discussion about strategies. How does the media handle race, how does the legislature, how does perception impact DMC reduction, etc. We need baseline discussions and a list of potential speakers/ presenters who would play an active role in DMC work after the forum. She suggested there be more conversations on what we want this forum to represent. The Committee also needs to flush out a more narrow focus and purpose for the event. In addition, we need to continue to try to stay true to what the Committee has noted as important themes and priority areas. Keyria Rodgers added that Macon used the mini-forums because the feedback they received suggested that this format was the preferred method. The Committee decided to plan a series of DMC mini-forums starting in late-summer and early fall with more discussion forthcoming at the June meeting.
  6. New Business | Public Comment
    1. Commission's three-year plan
      DMC Coordinator, Karima Douglas explained that work continues on the 3 Year Plan with noted importance on DMC. The Three-Year plan is due to the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention in mid-June.
  7. Next Meeting Date- June 8, 2015
  8. Adjourn
    Commissioner Rodriguez motioned to adjourn and Chairman Franco-Payne seconded the motion. Meeting adjourned at 11:16am.