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.

Upcoming speaking

Guest speaker, “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot,” Michigan State University, April 7, 2021.

Guest speaker, “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot,” University of Minnesota, April 19, 2021.

Guest speaker, “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot,” Northeastern University, April 20, 2021.

Guest speaker, “Women, Parole, & Desistance,” Parole Board of Canada, April 26, 2021.

Recent engagements

Guest panelist, “Critical Conversations: Key Issues for Discussing Race in America – Race & Policing.” Howard University, March 25.

Guest panelist, “Bringing the ‘Invisible Population’ to Light: Justice for Incarcerated and Formerly Incarcerated Women.” Commission on the Status of Women, March 17.

Guest panelist, “Defund the Police: Reimagining Public Safety,” University of California, February 17, 2021.

Guest speaker, “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot,” Arizona State University, January 29, 2021.

Additional Past Engagements

Guest panelist, “Police-Community Relations: Race, Place, and Community Action,” National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, & Medicine, January 28, 2021. Guest speaker, “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot,” Claremont Graduate University, November 11, 2020. Guest speaker, “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot,” San José State University, October 28, 2020. Guest speaker, “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot,” University of New Haven, October 27, 2020. Guest speaker, “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot,” Rutgers University, October 19. 2020. "Congressional 'Ask a Criminologist' Series: Police and Community Relations in a time of Crisis and Unrest" “Taking Power from Police and Putting it into Communities.”  Panelist for “Race and Policing in America,” University of Iowa, October 16, 2020.
Guest speaker, “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot,” Temple University, October 13, 2020.
Guest speaker, “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot,” University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, October 9. Guest Speaker, “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot,” Georgia Southern University September 11, 2020. Guest Speaker, “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot,” Bowling Green State University, September 9, 2020. “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot: Police Violence, Race, and Transforming the Criminal Legal System?” Presented at The University Criminal Justice Center, University of Utah, July 21, 2020. Panelist, Microsoft Criminal Justice Reform Townhall, June 23, 2020. “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot.” Presented at the Michigan State University Police Department, January 25, 2020. Author on Author-Meets-Critic Session. “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot: Why the Protests in Ferguson and Baltimore Matter, and How They Changed America.” American Society of Criminology, San Francisco, CA, November, 2019.


Accepting Inquiries for 2021 and 2022

Currently accepting speaking inquiries for 2021, and 2022 engagements. In your inquiry please include information about: desired dates, location, venue, audience profile and size, and session type.

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