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

“Hands Up, Don’t Shoot" presented at Michigan State University Police Department – January 24, 2020.

“Hands Up, Don’t Shoot" presented at University of Arizona – February 20, 2020.

“Hands Up, Don’t Shoot" to be presented at Georgia Southern University – April 2, 2020.

“Hands Up, Don’t Shoot" to be presented at North Carolina State University – April 16, 2020.

“Hands Up, Don’t Shoot" to be presented at University of Central Florida – April 23, 2020.

“Hands Up, Don’t Shoot" to be presented at East Lansing Public Library – May 14, 2020.

Recent engagements

Author on Author-Meets-Critic Session. “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot" presented at American Society of Criminology, San Francisco, CA, November 2019

Muskegon Community College Lecture Series – October 2019.

“Hands Up, Don’t Shoot: A Conversation with Social Scholar Jennifer Cobbina and Local Activist Jamell Spann.” BookFest St. Louis, September 2019.

Doerr Center for Social Justice, St. Louis University – September 2019.

“Hands Up, Don’t Shoot" presented at University of Maryland, Department of Criminology & Criminal Justice – May 2019.

Additional Past Engagements

“Hands Up, Don’t Shoot: Why the Protests in Ferguson and Baltimore Matter and How They Changed America.” Michigan State University Police Department, April 16, 2019. “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot” presented at MSU Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives Learn at Lunch Series – February 22, 2019.


Accepting inquiries for 2020 and 2021

Currently accepting speaking inquiries for 2020 and 2021 engagements. In your inquiry please include information about: desired dates, location, venue, audience profile and size, and session type.

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