All parents are encouraged to attend this community building conversation. Led by outside facilitator, Dr. Raj Sethuraju.
Dr. Raj Sethuraju is Assistant Professor in the School of Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice at Metropolitan State University. He teaches Research Methods, Diversity Matters in Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice, Victimology, Citizenship and Comparative Criminal Justice to undergraduates, and Community Engagement and Civic Leadership in the graduate program.
Raj’s research interests include race relations, drug courts, restorative justice, and diversion programs. His most recent article is called “The Consequences of Teaching Critical Sociology on Course Evaluations: Multiple Perspectives on the Nature of Black and Latino/a Intergroup Relations and Speaking Truth to Power” (published in The Spirit of Service: Exploring Faith, Service, and Social Justice in Higher Education).He has also appeared on a local radio show on KMOJ.
Raj is a steering committee board member of the MN Restorative Services Coalition, and on the board of the Hmong Culture and Language Program at Concordia. He is a frequent speaker at the Stillwater prison, where he works closely with the individuals who are committed for life. He regularly volunteers with the MN Department of Corrections, and is a trained volunteer for the VOCARE session, MNCOSA program and COLUMNS programs, primarily designed to address recidivism. He is also trained to run a Circle Process. Furthermore, Raj is a consultant for diversity matters for the MNCOSA program. He has also served as the Associate Dean of Diversity Initiatives at Gustavus Adolphus College.
He earned his Ph.D. in Sociology at Texas Woman’s University and both his M.A. in Counseling and B.A. in Sociology at the University of Monroe, LA.