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LU hosts 'Women in Criminal Justice' panel

April 11, 2017 In Lakeland University Blog
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Careers in criminal justice traditionally attract more males than females, but Lakeland University’s Karin Miofsky doesn’t want that to deter young women who are interested in the field.

Miofsky, LU’s assistant professor of criminal justice, has put together a panel featuring successful local women with thriving careers in criminal justice.

Lakeland’s “Women in Criminal Justice Panel” will take place Wednesday, April 12, at 7 p.m. in the DVB room (Laun 209). The event is free and open to all students.

“Women in criminal justice face unique challenges, and this is important for both our female and male students to understand,” Miofsky said.

“I want our female students to leave Lakeland confident that women can juggle the demands of a career and the responsibilities of family life.”

Scheduled to visit Lakeland and staff the panel are:

  • Melissa Arps, school resource officer, Two Rivers Police Department
  • Samantha Bastil, assistant district attorney, Sheboygan County
  • Dione Knop, victim/witness services, Sheboygan County
  • Holly Rick, Probation & Parole, Wisconsin Department of Corrections

Rick is a graduate of Lakeland’s undergraduate program; Arps graduated from Lakeland’s Master of Arts in Counseling program; and Bastil is an adjunct professor in the Evening, Weekend and Online program.

“When people hear ‘criminal justice,’ most automatically think of law enforcement,” Miofsky said. “The majority of students at Lakeland do not want to pursue a career in policing. (Richard Lemke, assistant professor of criminal justice) and I want to make our students aware of the many positions and opportunities within the criminal justice field. Law enforcement is just one aspect.”

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