Loyola Marymount University, Intercultural Facilitator Program
Loyola Marymount University (LMU) is effectively challenging itself to establish authentic, non- traditional student engagement, by creating spaces for students to manage the dissonance between the promise of equality for all and the reality of their lived experiences. At the center of this multifaceted process is a revolutionary student-led effort called the Intercultural Facilitator (IF) Program. These students, educated in social justice pedagogy. are highly skilled in principles of mediation and facilitation. Such efforts relate to ongoing LMU projects focused on restorative justice, including the killing of unarmed black men and women by police which has divided our country.
Intercultural Facilitator Program, LMU Department of Public Safety and The Los Angeles Police Department collaborated to create a program that would allow students to candidly question law enforcement officers on police policy, tactics, training, and racial profiling. The Los Angeles Police Department committed more than 20 law enforcement participants, including division commanders, captains, sergeants and rank and file officers to the discussion. Consequently, this program provided an opportunity for students to gain greater clarity and awareness of LAPD policies and procedures, gain a better understanding of the myths and realities of policing and for the officers and student to see each other as human beings. It was an emotional, brutally honest conversation that confronted systems of privilege, fostered new understandings, and encouraged a greater appreciation of our common humanity.