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Our Portal in Los Angeles will be located at The Portal will be hosted by the PRAXIS art program in the Department of Art and Design at California State University Dominguez Hills (CSUDH) in South Los Angeles. By combining personalized research with “learning by doing” in an academic setting, students interact closely with faculty, the University, and the community. The key interest of the CSUDH Art and Design Department in PRAXIS is to expand community engagement, opening access to the university and building both practical and intellectual bridges to the local community by fostering students’ ability to execute their visions for social change.  


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Criminal Justice Dialogues

The Portals Project at the CSU Dominguez Hills in Winter 2017 will primarily focus on Criminal Justice Dialogues between Chicago and Mexico City in addition to special conversations and activities to be announced. 

Criminal Justice Dialogues are conversations between cities and communities around the U.S. and Mexico about how people feel about policing in their communities as part of a research study conducted by the Justice Collaboratory at Yale University. These mutual one-on-one conversations on both sides ask participants to consider the following question:

There is a great deal in the news about how police interact with people in the communities where they work. How do you feel about police in your community?

Participants are also asked to complete short, confidential survey and to consent to being videotaped as part of this study. Researchers at Yale will utilize the confidential conversations to understand common themes that emerge in them. Video files are kept on a secured server that only these principal investigators have access to and all videos are professionally transcribed. Significant measures are undertaken to protect each participants' confidentiality. The video will never be used in presentations and the transcribed and written version will exist at Yale University to help to contribute to further knowledge and record on the topic.

Read more about the dialogues  here.





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