A Message and Resources from APU’s Department of Criminal Justice

We know that many of us have been deeply impacted by COVID-19, a declining economy, and the deaths of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor. We acknowledge you and we hear you. We pray that whether you find yourselves protesting for social justice and equality, or working in a position to maintain social order and public safety, that the Lord shields you and keeps you safe from harm.

As scholars in our specific field, we know that it is unquestionable within the research that there is disparity in the treatment of Black/African American people across the criminal justice system and various institutions in the United States. We also know that there is power in the collective action of many to right wrongs and upend injustice.

Together, we must take a stand against systemic racism and violence. Our faculty will continue to work to decrease these disparities through our teaching, research, and service, as well as with time, honest conversations, innovative ideas, and hard work.

We believe that every one of you through God can be a part of that change. Below you will find a list of resources that our Criminal Justice faculty have found to be useful as we seek to cultivate a culturally responsive and inclusive learning environment for all students.


Peer-Reviewed Articles and Chapters

  • "White Fragility", Robin DiAngelo, International Journal of Critical Pedagogy
  • "Microaggressive Impact on Education and Teaching: Facilitating Difficult Dialogs on Race in the Classroom", Edited Volume, Race Dialogues: A Facilitator's Guide to Tackling the Elephant in the Classroom
  • "Women of Color in the Academy: Where’s Our Authority in the Classroom?", Juanita Johnson-Bailey & Ming-Yeh Lee, Feminist Teacher
  • "Black at Higher Education", Karima Kadi-Hanifil, Universal Journal of Educational Research -"Supporting Graduate Students of Color in Educational Administration Preparation Programs: Faculty Perspectives on Best Practices, Possibilities, and Problems", Michelle D. Young and Jeffrey S. Brooks, Educational Administration Quarterly

News and Newsletter Sources

  • "What Is Faculty Diversity Worth to a University" by Patricia A. Matthew, The Atlantic
  • "Diversifying a Discipline Vimal Patel", The Chronicle of Higher Education
  • "How Teachers of all Races can Better Support Students of Color" by Valerie Strauss, The Washington Post
  • "Navigating the Ivory White Tower: Experiences as a POC in Academia", by Tri Keah S. Henry and Alondra D. Garza, ACJS Today

Technical Report/Resource Guide

  • "Addressing Race and Trauma in the Classroom: A Resource for Educators", The National Child Traumatic Stress Network

Note: This information is current for the 2020-21 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.