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Wed, Sep 16


Healing Racial Inequalities & Injustices: Voices of Interfaith Leaders

Challenging American consciousness to stand up for justice in peaceful ways.

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Healing Racial Inequalities & Injustices: Voices of Interfaith Leaders
Healing Racial Inequalities & Injustices: Voices of Interfaith Leaders

Time & Location

Sep 16, 2020, 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM EDT

About the event

The Hickey Center & the IIIT Chair for Interfaith Studies & Dialogue at Nazareth College present the second part of a series of seminars about challenging American consciousness to stand up for justice in peaceful ways.


Keynote Speaker: Dr. Sims is the first woman President of CRCDS and the first President to lead CRCDS at its new location at 320 North Goodman Street in Rochester, NY.

She is the author and co-author of several books and is the recipient of an array of grants and fellowships. She has been featured on Religion and Ethics Newsweekly and in articles in the Dallas Morning News, the Baptist Standard and the New York Times. Prior to pursuing her theological work, Dr. Sims served in the business field–skills that have proven essential in her administrative work.


Panalist: Rev. Hargrave is a retired American Baptist Minister who has served in the Rochester community for many years.He studied theology at Colgate Rochester Divinity School and went on to be their Director of Alumni/ae Church & Community Relations. He has served multiple churches in the Rochester area such as Mount Olivet Baptist Church, Genesee Baptist Church, and Asbury First United Methodist Church. Rev. Hargrave is known for his connections with the interfaith community and outreach work.


Panalist: Rabbi Peter W. Stein is the senior rabbi of Temple B’rith Kodesh. He previously served as rabbi of Temple Sinai in Cranston, RI and as associate rabbi of Rodef Shalom Congregation in Pittsburgh, PA. Rabbi Stein has a commitment to social justice work and interfaith endeavors. He is a proud member of Planned Parenthood’s national Clergy Advocacy Board. In 2015, he walked in Alabama and Georgia as part of the NAACP Journey for Justice, and he has a longstanding engagement with issues of LGBTQ equality and poverty. He has been involved in significant relationships with the Catholic, Christian, and Muslim community.


Panalist: Irshad Altheimer is an associate professor of criminal justice and the Director of the Center for Public Safety Initiatives (CPSI) at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). He received his B.A. from Alabama State University, and his M.A. and Ph.D. in sociology from Washington State University. Dr. Altheimer is actively engaged in scholarly research and has published articles in a variety of journals. His current research seeks to expand knowledge of dispute-related, and retaliatory urban violence. He also works as a research partner with local law enforcement agencies addressing urban violence. Dr. Altheimer is currently serving as the co-principal investigator on a Bureau of Justice Assistance grant that seeks to reduce gun violence in the city of Rochester, NY. He was also awarded the 2014 W.E.B Dubious Fellowship by the National Institute of Justice.

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