From police officer to professor
February 25, 2021
February 25, 2021
As an urban ethnographer, someone who studies life and culture in urban areas, Turè wanted more than just a window seat to the criminal justice system. He wanted to learn about policing from a position of power.
“If I really wanted to study policing and its relationship to crime and place, I really needed to experience it,” Turè said. “I grew up in Newark, New Jersey, a city that’s known for crime— violent crime, deep structural inequality. A lot of marginal citizens locate themselves in urban areas and become disproportionately affected by policing.”
When those social fissures become violent gashes and spread across the nation, the result is the racial reckoning America experienced last summer, Turè explained.
Based on his experience as a police officer and years of research as an academic—Turè earned his PhD from American University—it became clear to him that social change can only happen with social engagement across all groups.
“People have to come together. They need to understand each other and respect each other,” Turè said. “But you can’t expect that to happen in a hyper-racialized and bifurcated society. When you have the police shootings we’ve had in this country— and not just the high-profile ones you see on TV—we have to own it. It’s everyone’s problem.”
Turè sees Quinnipiac as a transformative place for racial healing. He said the university’s new policies are an important first step to achieving equity and inclusion on campus—and beyond.
“We need to atone. We need to stop hiding from our sins and start leading the change,” he said. “Quinnipiac is our citadel on the hill—not just for our students, but for the Greater New Haven community. We can scale down law enforcement in America if we scale up our citadels.”
Quinnipiac’s women’s soccer coach Dave Clark earned his 200th win on Wednesday, October 13 in front of an enthusiastic home crowd.Read More
When Director of Community Service Vincent Contrucci was approached to become Quinnipiac’s inaugural LGBTQ+ Fellow in 2020, the trajectory of the role was largely undefined. Regardless, Contrucci immediately recognized the breadth of change the position could facilitate.Read More
Our golf team finished first among teams from 11 schools in the Quinnipiac Classic, taking the team title after shooting 19 strokes ahead of second-place St. John's. The Bobcats will be back in action Sunday, October 17, when they play at the Sacred Heart Invitational at the Great River Golf Club in Milford, Connecticut.Read More
The Quinnipiac School of Communications hosted its third annual #EthicsMatter event last week in celebration of September Ethics Month. Attendees consisted of nearly 50 students involved in the School of Communications and the Public Relations Student Society of America.Read More
Textbooks can be heavy, in weight and price. Professor Alexander Laskin recognizes the opportunity in the growing open educational resource space, and hopes to broaden its reach. He was recently awarded a Connecticut OER grant that will help him achieve just that.Read More
Quinnipiac Today is your source for what's happening throughout #BobcatNation. Sign up for our weekly email newsletter to be among the first to know about news, events and members of our Bobcat family who are making a positive difference in our world.Sign Up Now