Minnesota State Mankato to Hold Online Community Listening Sessions on Review of University’s Criminal Justice Programs

July 09, 2020 | News Story

Mankato, Minn. – Minnesota State University, Mankato is hosting four upcoming online “town hall-style” community listening sessions that will focus on a University review of its criminal justice programs, including the educational programs for peace officers and correction officers. The public is invited to participate in the sessions.

The sessions are being scheduled in response to community concerns and the University’s ongoing commitment to reviewing its professional educational programs.

Four panelists from Minnesota State Mankato will respond to advance questions submitted to events@mnsu.edu and will respond to questions submitted during the sessions as time permits.

Panelists will include Henry Morris, vice president for the University’s Division of Diversity and Inclusion; Matt Loayza, dean of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences; Pat Nelson, faculty chair of the Department of Government; and Sherrise Truesdale-Moore, associate professor of corrections.

The session dates, times and free online registration information is as follows:

Tuesday, July 14, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.


Thursday, July 16, 5:30-7 p.m.


Monday, July 20, 5:30-7 p.m.


Wednesday, July 22, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.


Members of the media who would like to interview someone about the events should contact Dan Benson, director of media relations, at daniel.benson@mnsu.edu.

Questions for the panelists to address in the sessions may be submitted in advance to events@mnsu.edu. Other non-media questions about the listening sessions may be directed to Pat Nelson at pat.nelson@mnsu.edu.

Minnesota State Mankato’s criminal justice programs are part of the University’s Department of Government, which is part of Minnesota State Mankato’s College of Social and Behavioral Sciences.

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 14,297 students, is part of the Minnesota State system, which includes 30 colleges and seven universities.

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