Facing Race: A National Conference in St. Louis, MO — November 20-22, 2024

Sharon Davies

Director | Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity

Professor Davies was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar and a Notes and Comments Editor of the Columbia Law Review while in law school at Columbia University. After graduation she worked for Steptoe and Johnson in Washington, D.C. and Lord, Day & Lord Barrett Smith in New York City. Professor Davies served for five years as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Criminal Division of the United States Attorney’s Office in the Southern District of New York. She joined the law faculty at Ohio State University in 1995, was awarded tenure in 1999, promoted to Full Professor in 2002, and awarded a named professorship in 2003. Professor Davies teaches Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure (Police Practices), Race and the Criminal Law, Civil Rights Law, and Evidence. Professor Davies’ primary research focus is in the area of criminal justice and race. Her articles and other writings have been published in some of the nation’s leading law journals including the Michigan Law Review, the Duke Law Journal, the Southern California Law Review, the Columbia Law Review, and Law and Contemporary Problems. In 2010, Oxford University Press published Davies’s narrative nonfiction account of a 1921 murder trial in Birmingham, Alabama, titled Rising Road, A True Tale of Love, Race and Religion in America, for which the Mayor of Birmingham awarded her a “Key to the City.”

Presentations from Facing Race 2014

The Pipeline from School to Economic Opportunity

Pathways to prosperity in our new economy our built on a foundation of educational opportunity. The session focuses on challenges and advocacy efforts to assure access to educational opportunity for communities of color. The panel will discuss the importance of diversity and inclusion in STEM fields, Law and Medicine to support a diverse future workforce. The session will also address the implications of persistent legal attacks on diversity in higher education. The session will focus specifically on underrepresentation of people of color and strategies being engaged to support pathways to educational and economic opportunity.

Speakers: Sharon Davies, Marc A. Nivet, Van Jones

Implicit Bias: The State of Science and Moving From Research to Action

Implicit racial bias is a profound driver of racial inequity; scholars, practitioners and activists are now trying to take our understanding of implicit bias to inform interventions to support racial justice.  The session will introduce the latest research on implicit bias, but focus on successful models to intervene to address implicit bias in the domains of Health Care and K12 Education. The session will introduce participants to the role and impacts of implicit bias, but focus content and discussion on successful models of intervention to reduce the impact of implicit bias. The session will include facilitated discussion and audience engagement.

Speakers: Cheryl Staats, Gabriella Celeste, Sharon Davies

This is How We Do It: Youth Led Racial Justice

A new generation of racial justice leaders are interrupting and innovating in the ways racial justice work is made relevant in our times. In various ways, young people are working creatively, intersectionally and courageously to set our nation on course for the racially just future we deserve. Who are some of the leaders guiding this next epoch? What models, tools, practices and cultural strategies are there to build a more just, inclusive foundation for their generation and the ones that follow? Join in this conversation amongst movement makers, as they share thoughts on what’s hot in racial justice now, and what's on the come up in the years ahead.

Speakers: FM Supreme, Ramiro Luna, Sharon Davies, Jaime-Jin Lewis, Key Jackson