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Criminal Justice Seniors Revive College Speaker Series

On Monday, students in Janice Ahmad's criminal justice senior seminar class held the last in a series of university-wide events this semester. The students were split into two groups. One student group developed and hosted four events during March to celebrate Criminal Justice Month. The events were a month-long exhibit of criminal justice-related facts and books in the library, a social injustice art exhibit in the Commerce Building, a spring break safety education booth, and a career information session.

The second student group revived the Criminal Justice Speakers Series by hosting David Atwood and Yancy Escobar-Balderas to discuss the injustices of the death penalty. Atwood, a retired oil company engineer, founded the Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty and Escobar-Balderas is the wife of death row inmate Juan Balderas. All events were well attended and the students gained experience working as a team to plan, budget, advertise and host the events.

Criminal justice speakers David Atwood and Yancy Escobar-Balderas with seminar students.