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The Community Advisory Board (CAB) consists of prestigious local community practitioners who have expertise in various areas of community practice, including criminal justice, education, workforce development, advocacy and youth development. CAB meets monthly with members of the IRJ’s research team, providing advisory input on creating a research agenda that is relevant and useful to local communities.

Recent Work

Historical Injustices and Present Policing Project

Over the 2019-2020 academic year, CAB joined the Civil Rights and Restorative Justice Project Committee to assist with developing a curriculum for police training using the CRRJ archive of lynching cases. CAB representatives Sam Williams and Yves Singletary joined CRRJ’s committee and participated in the curriculum development. Sam Williams later participated in delivering the curriculum to Cambridge Police Department officers as part of their in-house training.

Boston Opportunity Zone Initiative

In Spring 2019, the IRJ and CAB attended a meeting with the City of Boston’s Chief of Economic Development to discuss creating a partnership with the city and assist in coordinating a community engagement process for the city’s Opportunity Zone Program.

The Boston Research Center at Northeastern University

In September 2018, CAB met with the Boston Research Center (BRC), which is currently housed at the Northeastern University Library, to provide ongoing guidance on how to build a model to engage community agencies and practitioners to participate in the BRC’s research and initiatives.

IRJ & CAB Co-sponsored Events

YPP 2020 and Beyond: Advancing the Conversation.

IRJ and Youth Police Partnership co-sponsored an event titled “YPP 2020 and Beyond: Advancing the Conversation.” The event was very well attended with approximately 100 youth, Northeastern students, local community practitioners, and law enforcement officers. Remarks were made by the Boston Police Commissioner, members of the District Attorney’s team, and youth from Artists for Humanity. The event was held Tuesday, January 21, 2020 at 4:00pm at the John D. O’Bryant African American Institute.

IRJ & Summer Search Boston – College Access Day

CAB and Summer Search Boston co-sponsored a college access consortium. A total of 200 juniors and seniors from Boston Public Schools attended a full day of college readiness workshops and planned activities. This event was also very well attended by parents and staff from Northeastern’s Admissions and Financial Aid office. The event was held on Saturday, June 8, 2019 at Northeastern Curry Student Center Ballroom.

“Healing Our Selves. Healing Our Communities” – Day-Long Symposium

In June 2018, CAB, the Department of Youth Services, Family Advisory Committee, and Roxbury Youth Works held a day-long symposium titled, “Healing Our Selves. Healing Our Communities.” The symposium featured guest speaker Dr. Kenneth V. Hardy, Professor of Family Therapy at Drexel University, Director of the Eikenberg Institute for Relationships in New York City, and President and Founder of the Eikenberg Academy of Social Justice. The symposium centered a discussion on the impact of violence and trauma in communities of color and examined best practices for addressing the trauma. This event was held at Northeastern’s Fenway Center and was well attended by over 100 community practitioners, residents, and social scientists.

“Either You Don’t Know or You’re In Denial” – Community Forum

In October 2018, CAB and the Justice Resource Institute co-sponsored a community forum and panel discussion titled, “Either You Don’t Know or You’re In Denial.” This event was held at Northeastern Crossing and was intended for students interested in working with high-risk youth populations to discuss risk factors facing youth who may become involved in gang activity or may be vulnerable to commercial sexual exploitation.

Contact CAB

Samuel Williams, Executive Director, Concord Prison Outreach
Maddrey Goode, Director, Mass Hire, Boston Career Center
CAB MembersContact
Mia Alvardo, Executive Director, Roxbury Youthworks,
Olinka Briceno, Student Services Coordinator, Boston Public
Lanitta Cullinane, Deputy Superintendent, Bureau of Field Services, Boston Police
Harry Harding, Vice President of Innovation & Strategic Partnerships, Children’s Services of
Lucinda Mills, Violence Prevention Specialist, Boston Public
Ricardo Jean-Noel, Executive Director, Youth Police
Ed Powell, Vice President of Community Engagement, Justice Resource Institute and Executive Director of
Jeffrey Richards, Attorney in Charge, Youth Advocacy
William Rodriguez, Professor at Boston