Led by the Office of Civic & Service-Learning, Middlesex Community College helps spark students’ interest in their constitutional rights, voting and other issues. Middlesex will host a Constitution Day event on September 19 with a presentation from Traci Griffith, Racial Justice Program Coordinator at the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts. The presentation and Q&A will take place from 11am-1pm in-person in the Lowell Cowan Center Cafeteria or on Zoom. Email Bowes at email@example.com
for more information and to RSVP.
MCC Paralegal Studies student Oriana Lara, of Lawrence, is looking forward to attending this year’s Constitution Day event to learn more about how others interpret what constitution means to them. In going to these events, Lara can combine classroom learning with real-life issues.
“As I continue to navigate the legal system, I want to participate in more events that will educate me and provide me with the knowledge to help others who are in the shadows,” Lara said. “It is easy to govern a country with people who are ignored in the decisions being made on ‘their
During the event, Griffith will discuss first amendment rights and the impact recent SCOTUS decisions will have on the future. Bringing Griffith to campus is the result of previous successful panels enjoyed by the community, according Kelly Bowes, MCC’s Coordinator of Civic & Service-Learning.
“As a community, MCC has been grappling with a number of discussion topics, including free speech, racial justice and the recent SCOTUS decisions, and Traci’s expertise and experience will be welcomed by our campus community as we learn from her and from each other,” Bowes said. “It’s the perfect event to kick off our year of civic learning and engagement, that will culminate in a historic presidential election next fall.”
A lawyer, journalist, academic and advocate, Griffith most recently served as an Associate Professor in the Communications Department at Simmons University and previously was Chair of Media Studies at St. Michael’s College in Vermont. Her areas of research focus have included First Amendment law and ethics, as well as Race and Gender representation in media. Griffith is a former correspondent and national editor for the Associated Press and holds a JD from Notre Dame, M.S. in Journalism from Florida A&M, and BA in Political Science from DePaul. Her most recent work includes a well-received four-part series with New England News Collaborative on racism in New England.
During the past eight years, Griffith served on the Executive Committee of the National ACLU Board of Directors, and served as the National Board Secretary. Before joining the National ACLU Board as the Vermont representative in 2014, she served the Vermont board as its Vice-President and as a member of the Executive and Nominating Committees.