Making policy equitable and communities safer

Dr. Cobbina is a sought after speaker on a diversity of topics related to criminal justice policy, policing, and corrections. In October 2018 she gave a congressional briefing on Capitol Hill about the state of women in the correctional system and the unique challenges they face, in which she called for specific policy changes to ensure women’s needs are met so they can successfully integrate into the community. In 2016, she was appointed by former Michigan Governor, Rick Synder, to serve a three-year term on the Board for the Michigan Correctional Officers Training Council. The goal is to improve the training and education of state correctional officers; develop minimum standards and requirements for correctional officers; and establish and maintain standards for certification/decertification.

Past engagements

“Hands Up, Don’t Shoot" presented at University of Maryland, Department of Criminology & Criminal Justice, May 6.

“Hands Up, Don’t Shoot” Book presented at Michigan State University Police Department, April 16.

“Hands Up, Don’t Shoot” MSU Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives Learn at Lunch Series, February 22.

“I Will Be Out There Everyday Strong!" Paper presented at University of South Florida, Department of Criminology, January 18.

Future engagements

Doerr Center for Social Justice, St. Louis University – September 19 at 6:00pm

Muskegon Community College Lecture Series – October 30 at 7pm


Accepting inquiries for 2019 and 2020

Currently accepting speaking inquiries for 2019 and 2020 engagements. In your inquiry please include information about: desired dates, location, venue, audience profile and size, and session type.

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