DSMIG-USA Equity Town Hall

  • 06 Feb 2021
  • 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
  • Virtual via zoom
  • 137


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Join us for this free virtual Town Hall featuring the following Panelists:

Chief William "Bill" Scott, San Francisco Police Department

San Francisco Police Chief William Scott was sworn in by Mayor Ed Lee on January 23, 2017. Chief Scott joined SFPD after serving 27 years in the Los Angeles Police Department.

Chief Scott’s focus is on community policing with an emphasis on implementing major reforms especially as it relates to providing service with dignity and respect.

One of the first steps of this endeavor was to create a viable and sustainable strategic plan to successfully implement the reform initiatives that were outlined in the Department of Justice’s Collaborative Review Initiative performed on the SFPD, while at the same time addressing public safety and reducing crime. These reforms, which include 272 recommendations, focus on five key areas of policing: Accountability; Bias; Community Policing; Recruitment, Hiring, and Personnel Practices; and Use of Force.

As the SFPD moves through this implementation phase, we are building the foundation for a future department that:

o Provides safety with respect,

o Engages in just, transparent unbiased, and responsive policing,

o Does so in the spirit of dignity in collaboration with our community, and

o Maintains and builds trust and respect as the guardian of Constitutional human rights.

Chief Scott grew up in Birmingham, Alabama, married with three children. He attended the University of Alabama with a degree in accounting. He is also a graduate of Senior Management of Institute of Policing.

Emilee Leon, Family Resource Navigators

Emilee works for the Family Resource Navigators as a Family Navigator for the Help Me Grow program. She's a parent of 3, all high schoolers now but as many other parents she too has to deal with accessing services for all 3 of her kiddos. She supports parents in her current position with the same services and obstacles. It is important to her that families can access ALL of this service in a timely matter as she walks in their shoes and understands their frustrations.

Katia D´Artigues, Journalist

Katia is a journalist with more than 25 years of experience in various print, online and television media. Activist for the rights of people with disabilities and mother of a 14 year old with Down syndrome, Alan.

Founder of a non profit organization, “Comunicación para la inclusion” (Communication for inclusion) that in 2018 launched “Yo También, discapacidad con todas sus letras”, an inclusive and 100% accessible platform that makes journalism about human rights, disability, inclusion and accessibility that can be accessed at

She has worked hand in hand with various organizations of people with disabilities and lobbied successfully four constitutional reforms and a National Law. Elected to a special Congress in 2016 to write the first Constitution of Mexico City. She took a course in Journalistic Narration with Gabriel García Márquez, in Barranquilla, Colombia in 1996. She was a senior research scholar at Yale University, during the fall semester of 2002. Winner of the Distinguished Humphrey Award scholarship, in September and October 2017 he took a leadership course at Harvard University and later did a job shadowing experience in the United States with civil society organizations that work with people with disabilities.

Tomar Pierson-Brown, Associate Dean for Equity and Inclusive Excellence at University of Pittsburgh School of Law

Tomar Pierson-Brown is the Associate Dean for Equity and Inclusive Excellence at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, a Clinical Associate Professor and Director of the Health Law Clinic. Under her leadership, the Health Law Clinic has operated as a medical-legal partnership with UPMC-Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh since 2015.

A child advocate for her entire career, Pierson-Brown previously served as a Clinical Instructor and Supervising Attorney in the Juvenile and Special Education Law Clinic at the University of the District of Columbia – David A. Clarke School of Law, as an attorney with The Children’s Law Center in Washington, D.C., and as an Equal Justice Works fellow with the Legal Aid Society of Cleveland. Pierson-Brown believes that access to justice is essential for the rights of youth and young adults with disabilities to be fully realized.

Pierson-Brown received a J.D. from Case Western Reserve University School of Law, and an LL.M. in clinical legal education and systems change from the University of the District of Columbia – David A. Clarke School of Law.

Roxanne Hoke-Chandler, M.S., is a Family Engagement Specialist at the Family and Community Engagement Team of the Federation for Children with Special Needs

Roxanne is a Boston native, and she was educated in the Boston public school system. Throughout high school and college, she worked and interned at the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission. This experience afforded her the opportunity to work at Lotus Development Corporation in the Human Resources Department, where she implemented changes so all job descriptions were in accordance with the Americans with Disability Act (ADA).

She continued her education at Lesley University and earned her MS in Management.

In 1998, Roxanne's career in Human Resources shifted when she welcomed her child with special needs into her life. Early on she saw the need for services for families similar to hers, and she started speaking for the Department of Public Health under the name of The Joy of Faith…Free, Advocacy, Information Training and Other Help.

Roxanne has worked for the Federation for Children with Special Needs as the Greater Boston Regional Coordinator for Family TIES, a state-wide information and support network for families of children with special needs, and the Massachusetts Parent Information Resource Center, to give parents, schools, and organizations working with families the training, information, and technical assistance they need to help children succeed in school.

Roxanne has also been adjunct professor at Umass Boston in the Early Childhood Education and has served on several Councils and as a Board Member for many organizations.

She currently works as the Statewide Family Engagement and Collaboration Coordinator for the Department of Public Health Early Intervention Parent Leadership Project.

She speaks at forums on childcare, literacy, healthcare disparities, and parents’ rights for children with special needs. Her passion is working with margionalized and underserved populations; including supporting new and expectant families when they get a diagnosis that they were not expecting. Roxanne’s greatest passion, however, is being a mother to her two daughters Faith and Ebony Joy.

This event is brought to you free of charge by DSMIG-USA. If you would like to make a donation to DSMIG-USA in support of events like this, please click here.

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