Posted on: February 15, 2019 | By: Carmen Monico | Filed under: Podcast

This episode takes a closer look at how systems of oppression have a direct impact on not only incarcerated people, but also families and communities.

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Dr. Leigh-Anne Royster

Director of Inclusive Community Development at Elon University

Dr. Royster is currently the Director of Inclusive Community Development at Elon University in NC. Much of her current work is focused on crafting policy and educational opportunities around issues of equity development, inclusion work, and violence/bias prevention. She coordinates and develops educational opportunities for faculty and staff focused on diversity and cultural consciousness. She also develops anti-bias and anti-oppression education for students. In addition to her educational development and training facilitation, she oversees the bias/harassment reporting and response system. Leigh-Anne has over 20 years experience working with violence response and prevention, and public health activities. Before heading up these efforts at Elon University, Leigh-Anne worked at the University of North Carolina’s Institute on Aging, the Injury Prevention Research Center and the North Carolina Institute of Public Health on several federal and state projects including PreVENT (a national training initiative engaging public health approaches to violence prevention). She has experience working in the criminal justice system and various non-profits. She also serves on institutional, local and state boards and is currently the board chair of Family Abuse Services of Alamance County. While energized and deeply committed to her professional engagements, Leigh-Anne remains most humbled, connected and sustained by her family.

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