In response to recent antisemitic, anti-trans, and anti-AAPI incidents, Central Connecticut State University convened a symposium on Feb. 7 to discuss the incidents and their legal implications.
Dubbed United Against Hate, the symposium brought together state, local, and federal law enforcement personnel; staff from the U.S. State’s Attorney’s Office; civil rights coordinators; criminal and civil attorneys; and members of the Connecticut State Police Hate Crimes Task Force, among others. Panelists addressed current legislation, statutes, and Connecticut-specific sentencing enhancements for hate crimes.
Central’s Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice Center spearheaded the event, with sponsorship from the Community Engagement and Social Research and Office of Equity and Inclusion.
In her welcoming remarks, President Zulma R. Toro said, “Since its founding, equity and inclusion have been integral to Central’s mission and it remains a pillar of our current strategic plan. We will continue to ensure Central is a safe place where every individual is valued and feels empowered to share their insights and perspective. Our discussions today are a step in the right direction.”