Let’s Talk about:
(Current Issues Series)


Student Activities & Involvement and the Brown Center for Leadership & Service presents Let’s Talk About: Policing

In the wake of protests and increased dialogue around racial equity, many have been grappling with questions of policing in our local community and on a national level. This Let’s Talk About will feature an engaging and interactive discussion between national experts and UF students on the role of policing.

Panelists include experts from the University of Florida Levin College of Law, Yale University, and the City of Gainesville. The panel will discuss a range of issues including the role of police, the meaning and implications of defund the police, discussion around excessive force, and future actions that can be taken.

November 9, 1:30 – 3:00 PM

To best serve the participants and facilitate conversations seating has been limited to 60 spots. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis for currently enrolled UF students.

Event Schedule

  • Introduction & Panel discussion
  • Q& A from audience
  • Small Group Discussions
  • Reflection



The Panelists

Michelle Jacobs
  • Professor of Law, University of Florida
  • Expertise: Criminal Law, Critical Race Theory, Campus Climate, Sexual Violence
William Halvosa
  • University of Florida Alumni
  • Disproportionate Minority
  • Retired Captain for Gainesville Police Department
  • Co-Chair, Criminal Justice for Gainesville for All
Kenneth Nunn
  • University Term Professor
  • Professor of Law, University of Florida
  • Associate Director, Center on Children and Families
  • Assistant Director, Criminal Justice Center
Philip McHarris
  • Scholar, writer, activist
  • Featured writings in the New York Times, Washington Post, the
  • Commentary featured on HBO, CNN, TIME, and PBS
  • 100 Most Influential African Americans, The Root, 2020
  • PhD Candidate in Sociology and African American Studies, Yale University