Inaugural PROGRESS Speaker Series Event

PROGRESS Distinguished Speaker Series

The Prevent Gun Violence: Research, Empowerment, Strategies and Solutions (PROGRESS) initiative is proud to announce the PROGRESS Distinguished Speaker Series focused on firearm violence reduction and related topics.  This series will provide a forum for scholars and practitioners to share pioneering research and proven best practices with audiences drawn from the education sector, policymaking and legislative circles, and diverse communities eager to learn about, and engage with, solutions to America's gun violence epidemic. 

Keynote Speakers:

The inaugural PROGRESS Distinguished Speaker event will feature presentations by two outstanding University of Maryland scholar-practitioners: Dr. Rabiatu Barrie of the Department of Family Science (School of Public Health) and Dr. Brooklynn Hitchens of the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice (College of Behavioral and Social Sciences).


  • Dr. Barrie: “Gendered Racialized Trauma: Masculinity as a Risk Factor for African American Men”

  • Dr. Hitchens: "'We Clean it Up': Black Female Homicide Survivorship In Context"


Registration for the event on Wednesday, March 6, 2024, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m, is now closed.

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PROGRESS is a University of Maryland Fearlessly Forward Initiative sponsored by the Office of the President and housed within the College of Behavior and Social Sciences (BSOS).  The initiative gratefully acknowledges the School of Public Health for supporting the PROGRESS Distinguished Speaker Series.