16th Annual Strauser Lecture Series to feature "Building Safer Schools"

16th Annual Strauser Lecture Series to feature "Building Safer Schools"

Allison Ann Payne, Ph.D.

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Allison Ann Payne, Ph.D., will speak at Lycoming College as part of the 16th annual Larry Strauser Lectureship in Criminal Justice on Thursday, March 26, at 4 p.m. in Mary L. Welch Honors Hall, on the corner of Fourth and Basin streets. The event is free and open to the public.

Payne’s presentation, “Building Safer Schools: The Impact of School Security, Discipline and Prevention on School Crime, Victimization and Disorder,” will cover the trends, effectiveness and consequences of the intensification of restrictive security and discipline policies in schools, in addition to the research surrounding school-based prevention programming, including overall strategies, effectiveness and specific example programs.

Payne is an associate professor in the Villanova University Department of Sociology and Criminology and the associate director of the Villanova University Honors Program. Her research interests include crime and delinquency prevention, school disorder and violence, and criminological theory and her recent research specifically examines how school discipline is impacted by the racial and ethnic composition of the student body.

“Building Safer Schools: The Impact of School Security, Discipline and Prevention on School Crime, Victimization and Disorder” is a part of the Strauser Lecture Series, sponsored by the Lycoming College Department of Criminal Justice, is held each year to honor the memory of Larry Strauser, a 1959 Lycoming graduate and member of the college’s faculty from 1973 until his death in 1999. Strauser, who earned a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Arizona, started the interdisciplinary criminal justice program at Lycoming in 1977.

Payne’s presentation is also a part of the “Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle” initiative, which is made possible through a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, as part of its Bridging Cultures initiative, in partnership with the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. The grant was awarded to the Snowden Library at Lycoming College.

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