Begun CIP PhotoThe first of the Begun Center grad students who are earning their doctorates while working with the Center and its mission

Jennifer Bartholomew, heretofore a doctoral candidate in the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School for Applied Social Sciences, who also works as a Research Assistant with the Begun Center for Violence Prevention Research and Education, successfully presented and defended her dissertation on Friday, March 20, 2015 – the first day of spring.

Pictured above right: Jenni Bartholomew with her dissertation committee, (l-r) the Begun Center’s Dan Flannery, Mark Fleischer, Mark Singer, along with Susan Wentz, M.D., M.S., and Andres Gonzalez, Chief of Police, Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority.

Her dissertation is entitled, “Police Legitimacy in an Urban Context: A Social Welfare Perspective”.

“Jenni has a strong commitment and passion for social justice and has the skills to relate to a wide array of individuals from academics to police officers to community residents,” says Mark Singer, Ph.D, who served as Jenni’s adviser as well as on her dissertation committee and who has worked closely with her over the past few years on projects such as the Police Assisted Referral (PAR) program. “Her work ethic, insights and energy are outstanding. She is a valuable asset to our center and our school.”

“My journey was six full years – full as in complete from the fall of 2009 through the spring of 2015, with long stretches of studying in snow, rain, and sunshine,” says Jenni. “But also full in that the journey brought lessons that were personal, professional, educational, and spiritual.”

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