Police and Community Relations in Lancaster, PA

There is a divide between the police department and the community which was highlighted by the events that occurred in Lancaster in 2020 in addition to the overall climate of national tension. As part of the PDIA in Action course, HKS and HGSE students Anne Dietterich, Awab Elmesbah, Amreen Bashir, Revanth Voothaluru, Giang Pham, and Seun Akinfolarin, worked with Milzy Carrasco, Director of Neighborhood Engagement for the City of Lancaster, and Chief Bey, Chief of Police, to better understand this problem and identify entry points for action. Students learned to embrace multiple perspectives, resist confirmation bias, work effectively as a team, and examine unknowns.

Watch the video and view the slides of the PDIA in Action event. Read the learning journey blog written by the student team.