Improving Student and Police Interaction on Historically Black Colleges and Universities Speaker Bio:Dr. Everette B. Penn

Dr. Everette B. Penn- Professor of Criminology, Chair of the Social and Cultural Sciences Department University of Houston- Clear Lake and Director of the Teen And Police Service (TAPS) Academy

He chairs an interdisciplinary department consisting of Anthropology, Criminology, Cross- Cultural Studies, Geography, Political Science, Public Service Leadership, and Sociology. With over 75 publications, his research interests include: criminal justice education at HBCUs, juvenile delinquency, international education, and crime prevention. His works are found in outlets such as Journal of Criminal Justice Education, Criminal Justice Studies, Criminal Justice Policy Review, Police Chief, Houston Chronicle, Chicago Sun Times, El Paso Times, Carolina Academic Press, Sage and Routledge Press.  He was a founding faculty member of the Ph.D. Program in Juvenile Justice at Prairie View A&M University. Since 2000 he has served as the service-learning coordinator for the ACCESS summer program at Prairie View A&M University leading students to conduct thousands of service hours in locations throughout the south. He has received dozens of honors from the Department of State, United States Army, Egyptian Government, White House Fellows Program, and various other university, community and civic organizations. A strong supporter of international education and exchange he received a Fulbright to Egypt and served on the Fulbright Association Board as the Chair of the Diversity Task Force. He was also a Fulbright Ambassador for the U.S. Department of State.  

Believing there should synergy created by the university and the community it serves, Dr. Penn co-founded and leads the Teen And Police Service (TAPS) Academy ( This 2011, Department of Justice funded program reduces the social distance between at-risk teens and police in Houston, Texas and several locations nationally and internationally. By moving both teens and police through an 11- week curriculum covering topics such as conflict resolution, police interaction, active shooter, gang involvement, date violence, drug usage, and many other pressing subjects both groups create a mutual understanding for each other to reduce misunderstandings and build community. The TAPS Academy curriculum is certified by the Texas Education Agency to grant one credit toward high school graduation for students in Texas. TAPS Academy has been externally evaluated and found to be effective in improve understanding and respect among law enforcement, youth and their communities.  

Dr. Penn’s quest to reduce the social distance between youth and law enforcement has motivated him to create a Criminology course titled Youth, Law and Society, a minor in Youth and Police Studies and three book projects writing on the subjects of Youth, Race and Police interaction.  


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