National Association of Blacks in CJ Organization Forms in the UNO SCCJ
UNO’s School of Criminology and Criminal Justice recently formed a new student organization entitled Blacks in Criminal Justice. Under the faculty leadership of Mark Foxall, Ph.D., UNO’s local chapter of Blacks in Criminal Justice has aligned its mission with the national organization, which is to work toward achieving equal justice for blacks and other minorities within the criminal justice system and to increase minority representation in criminal justice career fields.
Zakya Bullock, a senior CRCJ major who grew up in Sumter, South Carolina, is the inaugural president of the new organization. Other students holding officer positions include: Noor Kanunde, vice president; Jarithza Martinez-Sanchez, secretary; Jacques Musavyimana, treasurer; Veronica Lopez, community outreach/logistics; and Tyler Payne, communication/membership.
Prior to joining the Blacks in Criminal Justice organization, Bullock felt somewhat of an outsider at UNO. “Joining this organization, along with other students who also felt apart from the university, has helped us come together,” she noted. She believes that in addition to the togetherness that the organization members feel, the club also helps members develop relationships with faculty and provides guidance for life after college, thereby preparing members for success in life and career.
Bullock stressed that the organization, while new, already has several speakers who are eager to come and talk with members. Earlier this semester they hosted Gregory Beninati, a FBI supervisory special agent, who spoke to the group about federal drug and gang investigations. Additional speakers who are slated to speak at future club meetings include police officers, lawyers, judges, and probation and parole officers.
In addition to providing career resources, the organization is also established to help members develop new friendships and to network. To that end, the group has added some social activities to their calendar, such as a bowling event, game nights, dine outs, and study groups. They also plan on having several resume-building sessions.
The organization meets twice a month, and membership is open to all students enrolled in the university, regardless of race, ethnicity or academic pursuits. The organization is open to graduate students and alumni. There is no fee to join. To find out more information, or to join Blacks in Criminal Justice, go to https://unomaha.campuslabs.com/engage/organization/nabcj or contact Tyler Payne at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pictured above starting at the bottom of the staircase: Zakya Bullock, president; Veronica Lopez, community outreach; Jarithza Martinez-Sanchez, secretary; Noor Kanunde, vice president; and club members Javier Tellez, Asha Francisco, and Lexi Shockley.