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Assessing and Enhancing Cultural Responsiveness in Reentry Programs Through Research and Evaluation
The ES TTA Team will host a 60-minute webinar titled Assessing and Enhancing Cultural Responsiveness in Reentry Programs Through Research and Evaluation.

This webinar will provide guidance on assessing cultural responsiveness within reentry programs through research and evaluation activities. The presenters will highlight data-driven strategies for improving cultural responsiveness in reentry programs, as well as strategies to enhance cultural competence.

Panelists will include reentry research and evaluation experts from RTI and CCI, as well as an expert in designing and managing culturally relevant programs in tribal settings, who will highlight considerations for reentry programs specifically working with American Indian/Alaska Native populations.

This project is funded by Grant No. 2019-MU-BX-K041 awarded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance. The Bureau of Justice Assistance is a component of the Department of Justice’s Office of Justice Programs, which also includes the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the National Institute of Justice, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, the Office for Victims of Crime, and the SMART Office. Points of view or opinions in this document are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the U.S. Department of Justice.

Jun 22, 2021 02:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Lama Hassoun Ayoub, MPSH
Senior Fellow @Center for Court Innovation
Lama Hassoun Ayoub, MPSH, is a Senior Fellow at the Center for Court Innovation. She leads research studies on a wide range of topics, including community supervision, reentry, tribal justice systems, and schools and youth. Ms. Hassoun Ayoub’s research is grounded in values around racial and social justice, intersectional anti-racism, and equitable evaluation. Her recent projects have included rigorous evaluations of reentry courts, innovative probation strategies, and risk-need assessment in tribal courts. She received her Master of Science in Public Health from Harvard University and is currently a doctoral candidate in developmental psychology at Wayne State University.
Ada Pecos Melton (Jemez Pueblo), MPA
President/CEO @American Indian Development Associates, LLC
Ada Pecos Melton (Jemez Pueblo) MPA—Ada is President/CEO of American Indian Development Associates, LLC. She has 30 years of experience designing and managing culturally relevant research, evaluation, technical assistance, and training focused on tribal justice systems and tribal programs. She is the Principal Investigator (PI) and Project Director for several studies involving AI/AN women, a recently completed tribal youth pilot study, and several tribal needs assessments—for projects throughout Indian Country and Alaska Native tribes and organizations.
Monica Sheppard, MSW
Research Analyst @RTI International
Monica Sheppard, MSW, is a research analyst in the Applied Justice Research Division of RTI International. Ms. Sheppard has extensive experience working as a site liaison, qualitative data interviewer, TTA provider and logistics coordinator for various types of studies to include criminal legal system reform, reentry, and victims-center projects. Ms. Sheppard also worked in various capacities on projects aimed to reduce racial and ethnic disparities in the criminal legal system. And she is involved in various Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging (EDIB) initiates at RTI.