Forums, Lecture Series, Media Participation


At town hall, Dallas’ top cop says police can’t stop all crime, urges team effort.

June 22, 2019

Terrence Allen, Research Scientist, in the Texas Juvenile Crime Prevention Center, went to Dallas at the request of State Senator Royce West. He was concerned about the increase in the number of homicides but more specifically the 38 murders reported during the month of May. He was there for 10 days conducting a community assessment. Dr. Allen wanted to meet with members of the community who either resided in or intimately familiar with the areas where the murders occurred.  The visit culminated with a town hall meeting convened by Senator West to discuss solutions, best practices, and next steps where Dr. Allen presented his findings and recommendations for the city to consider moving forward.











Royce West Forum and Lecture Series


2019 Spring Series: “Building Youth Civic Capacity: Reversing the Condemnation of Blackness and Brown-ness.”

Annual Royce West Forum featured Dr. Khalil Gibran Mohammad

Thursday April 4, 2019 the Texas Juvenile Center Prevention in collaboration with the President’s Office hosted the Annual Royce West Forum and Lecture Series. The keynote speaker was Harvard Historian Dr. Khalil Gibran Mohammad on “Building Youth Capacity: Reversing the Condemnation of Blackness and Brown –ness”. Moderated by Endowed Professor of Political Science at Prairie View A&M, Dr. Melayne Price, panelists Emmet Campos, of Project MALES,  University of Texas, Austin and Abdul Haleem Muhammad (aka Robert S. Muhammed) of NTE Planning Consultants and Mosque 45 in Houston followed. Senator Royce West, who joined the group electronically, encouraged a careful monitoring of outcomes toward effective change.

2018 Spring Series: “Race, Trust and Police Legitimacy.”

On April 26, 2018, the Royce West Forum and Lecture Series invited guest speakers Honorable Garnet F. Coleman (District 147), Retired Sergeant Cheryl Dorsey (Los Angeles Police Department), Dr. Terrence Allen (University of Texas-Austin), and Dr. Camille Gibson (PVAMU) to address issues drawn from their professional experience, research, and legislature focused on the continuing challenging issue of race and policing in the country. The panel was moderated by the Honorable Yvonne Williams (Travis County Precinct 1) with remarks by Dr. Tamara L. Brown (Dean of the College of Juvenile Justice & Psychology and Executive Director of the Center) and the Honorable Royce West.


Dr. Derek Wilson on KHOU Channel 11 on the fatal shooting in Baytown of Pamela Turner:

Recent juvenile justice graduate, Dr. Sherri Simmons-Horton on KBXX, 97.9 The Box advocating child and adolescent adoptions:

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