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Being Public and Engaging Policy (Online)

October 27, 2023 @ 10:00 am - 3:30 pm

This one-day course will be offered via Zoom only. Course schedule is 10:00am – 3:30pm, with a 1 hour lunch and (2) 10 minute breaks (1 in morning and 1 in afternoon). Attendance is required as it will not be recorded.

Academics are increasingly asked to engage with public actors from policymakers to journalists. Rarely, however, are academics given any guidance or strategies for doing so. In this workshop, Dr. Ray will provide strategies for interacting with journalists, policymakers, and bureaucrats. Participants will learn best practices for amplifying their research to broader publics as well as ways to engage in self-care to continue the work. In addition to publishing over 50 books, articles, and book chapters, Ray has testified at the federal and state levels and written over 50 op-eds for outlets including New York Times, Washington Post, Newsweek, and Insider. Ray has appeared on CNN, MSNBC, BBC, NPR, and others. From 2018-2022, Ray co-edited Contexts Magazine: Sociology for the Public, which garnered over one million views and downloads per year. He was recently awarded an Andrew Carnegie Fellowship.

Instructor: Rashawn Ray

Rashawn Ray is a Rubenstein Fellow at the Brookings Institution. He is an Associate Professor of Sociology and Executive Director of the Lab for Applied Social Science Research (LASSR) at the University of Maryland, College Park. Ray is also one of the co-editors of Contexts Magazine: Sociology for the Public. Formerly, Ray was a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Research Scholar at the University of California, Berkeley. He specializes in racial and social inequality with a particular focus on police-civilian relations and men’s treatment of women. His work also speaks to ways that inequality may be attenuated through social policy and racial uplift activism. Currently, Ray is working on a series of research projects creating innovative virtual reality experiments that focus on policing and other social outcomes.

Registration fees:

  • UNC Chapel Hill Students: $0, with a $35 deposit to hold your spot (deposit is refundable upon your attendance for at least 66% of the course)
  • UNC Chapel Hill Faculty/Staff/Postdoc/Resident/Visiting Scholars: $80
  • Non-UNC Chapel Hill University Student/Employee (must have active university email): $105
  • Government/Non-Profit/Corporate: $130

Additional course information:

  • Registration closes at 12:01am, 10/24/23. Once registration closes, no late registrations will be accepted, no exceptions.
  • Cancellation/ Refund Policy: A full refund will be given to those who cancel their registration no later than 10 days prior to the course. If you cancel within the 10 days prior to the class, no refund will be given. Please allow 30 days to receive your refund.
  • Zoom link for this course will be sent prior to the course. Registration must be made at least 3 days prior to the course date to receive the Zoom link.

For questions regarding the status of this class, please contact Jill Stevens at


October 27, 2023
10:00 am - 3:30 pm
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NC United States