Public Science Project Research Presented at White House This Week

September 29, 2015

A White House forum on citizen science and crowdsourcing featured faculty and researchers who contribute to two projects sponsored by the Graduate Center.

A White House forum last week featured two GC-sponsored projects, both focused on the human impact of Broken Windows policing.

The Morris Justice project is a three-year, community-based research partnership between two Graduate Center professors and a team of South Bronx residents. The Researchers for Fair Policing project is a joint effort by an intergenerational team of researchers from Make the Road New York and the GC's Public Science Project, which is dedicated to participatory action research.

The Morris Justice Project recently completed a two-year study of police treatment of boys and young men who live in the 40-block neighborhood around Yankee Stadium. Researchers for Fair Policing is collecting the stories of young people's experiences with the police and school safety officers.
Assistant Professor Brett Stoudt (GC/John Jay, Psychology [pictured at top right]) of the Public Science Project represented both studies.

He was joined by community members Jacqueline Yates and Fawn Bracy of the Morris Justice project and by Keeshan Harley, an 18-year-old police brutality activist (pictured at left), from Make the Road New York.
"I am happy the White House recognizes the importance and validity of citizen science in solving social justice issues," Stoudt said. "I am so proud that the White House has recognized the Public Science Project as one of the innovative leaders in participatory action research. And I am honored to be representing, along with my amazing community co-researchers, the Morris Justice Project and Researchers for Fair Policing.

The Public Science project, which produces critical scholarship for use in social policy debates and organizing movements for education equity and human rights, was founded by Professors Maria Elena Torre (Critical Psychology) and Michelle Fine (Psychology/Urban Education).