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Schedule: Minidoka Civil Liberties Symposium

Oct. 15, Saturday

8:00 – Registration

8:30 – Welcome: BSU, FoM, NPS, ACLU

9:00 – Tom Ikeda–Executive Director, Densho: Japanese American Legacy Project, Minidoka prison context

10:00 – Break, Bookstore open

10:30 -David Adler–President, Alturas Institute, author of American Constitutional Law: “When the Bill of Rights Failed Japanese Americans”

11:30 – Michael Santos–former federal inmate and now prison consultant, author of Inside: Life Behind Bars in America

12:30 – Lunch: Cheryl Oestreicher–Professor and Head of Special Collections, Boise State Library; Andrew Dunn–graduate student, Idaho State University, research project on Minidoka, and other student presentations

2:00 – Federal Panel: Judge Mark Bennett–U.S. District Court Judge in the Northern District of Iowa, outspoken against mandatory drug sentencing; Dick Rubin–Executive Director, Federal Defender Services of Idaho; Wendy Olson–U.S. Attorney for the District of Idaho; and Michael Santos–prison consultant and former federal inmate

3:30 – Break, Bookstore open

4:00 – Recap by Moderator Paul Watanabe–Professor and Director, Asian American Studies Institute, University of Massachusetts at Boston

4:30 – Boise Art Museum Information Session

5:00 – Break, Dinner on own

7:00 – Reception at the Boise Art Museum


Oct 16, Sunday

8:00 – Registration

8:30 – Satsuki Ina, Ph.D. Professor Emeritus, School of Education, California State University, Sacramento, psychotherapist and filmmaker (Children of the Camps and From A Silk Cocoon). “Family Prisons Then & Now: The WWII Japanese American Concentration Camps and Immigrant Family Detention Today”.

9:30 – Rajini Srikanth – Professor of English, Asian American Studies, and Human Rights, University of Massachusetts-Boston: “From the WWII Japanese American Incarceration to Guantanamo Bay”

10:30 – Break, Bookstore open

11:00 – Karen Korematsu: “Black Lives Matters and the WWII incarceration” (daughter of Fred Korematsu in “Korematsu vs the United States”)

12:00 – Lunch: Andrew Dunn–graduate student, Idaho State University, research project on Minidoka, and other student presentations

1:30 – Idaho Panel: Kevin Kempf–Director, Idaho Department of Correction; Amber Beierle–education specialist, Old Idaho Penitentiary, author of Images of America: Old Idaho Penitentiary; Gary Raney–former Sheriff, Ada County

3:00 – Break, Bookstore open

3:30 – Holly Yasui–Director, Minoru Yasui Tribute Project, Minidoka prison context

4:30 – Recap by Moderator Paul Watanabe–Professor and Director, Asian American Studies Institute, University of Massachusetts at Boston

4:45 – Symposium closes

New Directions in Inmate Visitation

Photo of Dr. Laura King

Dr. Laura King

Boise State Criminal Justice Researchers Evaluate Ada County Jail’s Video Visitation System

Inmate visitation has long been recognized as a key tool for maintaining important relationships with the family and friends of the incarcerated. These relationships have been shown to improve inmate behavior while incarcerated and upon their release back into our community.

Inmate visitations have traditionally taken place in-person at correctional facilities, but new technology has made video visitation, including remote video visitation, a reality. While inmates frequently express a preference for in-person visits, the video visitation platform offers several potential strengths including increased opportunities for visitation, decreased travel costs for families, and improved institutional security.

Ada County Sheriff’s Office has been recognized as a pioneer in the use of remote video visitation, implementing the first such program in North America in 2010. A recent study by Criminal Justice researchers Dr. Danielle Murdoch, Dr. Laura King, and Caitlyn O’Very, a graduate student in the Boise State School of Public Service, utilized interviews, surveys, and secondary data to examine Ada County Jail’s Remote Video Visitation System. The findings build upon a limited body of academic research which has typically examined in-person video visitation in prison settings.

The Ada County Sheriff’s Office welcomed the study. Public Information Officer Patrick Orr states, “when Boise State approached us in 2015 to study the inmate video visitation system at the Ada County Jail, we were excited to have an independent public service agency check out what we were doing. We knew the “Skype for the jail” concept we adopted in 2010 created a positive benefit for the public, the inmates, and our agency.”

The researchers noted several program strengths in their evaluation, including a perceived improvement in institutional security, better access to family and friends who are hindered by distance from visiting, and avoidance of desensitizing children to the jail environment. There were also some weaknesses identified including technological issues and the elimination of in-person, glass partition visits.

The Ada County Sheriff’s Office is focusing on the positive. “Our inmates now have more access to their family and friends than ever before — no matter where those people live. The data shows inmates have more visits now than they did before 2010,” adds Orr. “Kids are no longer filling our lobby and getting used to being in jail. Inmates interviewed by Boise State say their kids are more attentive during the video visits. Our facility is more secure and our staff doesn’t have to spend a ton of time every day moving inmates and the public around our facility.”

The report offered several recommendations for the remote video visitation system at Ada County Jail. Read about Ada County Jail’s Video Visitation System.

Boise State Professor Luke Fowler Discusses ‘What Makes a Well-Run City?’

Photo of Dr. Luke Fowler

Photo by Valdosta State University

School of Public Service professor Dr. Luke Fowler was recently featured in an “Ask the Experts” profile of well-run U.S. cities. The article, 2016’s Best-Run Cities in America, examined the management of 150 of America’s largest communities. Cities were ranked on indicators such as health, safety, financial stability and infrastructure.

According to Fowler, U.S. cities face challenges of growing complexity. Policy problems now require cooperation with a complicated network of local, state and federal government agencies as well as non-profits and private entities. Increased information and mobility has put cities in greater competition with each other.

In addition, Fowler discussed indicators for evaluating the quality of city governance and offered suggestions on how policymakers can use community engagement to reduce racial tensions.

Dr. Fowler teaches Policy Implementation and Practice in the Department of Public Policy and Administration. His research interests include policy implementation, energy and environmental policy, state and local government, public management, public budgeting and finance, and organizational theory. Fowler also enjoys working in consultation with local governments on issues such as fair housing, as well as compensation and scheduling studies for police and fire departments.

The city of Boise ranked first in the overall rankings of 150 cities. Boise received high marks for city services, education and safety.

Read Ask the Experts at

Andrus Center Welcomes Executive Director Dr. John Freemuth

Photo of Dr. John FreemuthProfessor Freemuth will work to build on Andrus Center’s legacy of public lands scholarship and leadership

BOISE – Dr. John Freemuth is the new Executive Director of the Andrus Center for Public Policy. Dr. Freemuth has a long track record of service for the Andrus Center, most recently as Senior Fellow for Environment and Public Lands. Professor Freemuth also teaches Environmental Policy and Administration in Boise State’s School of Public Service.

Dr. Freemuth has published extensively on the relationship between science and public policy, particularly as it relates to public lands. As principal investigator for the United States Geological Survey, he has worked to improve the policy utility of GAP Analysis, Species Modeling and Protected Area data. He was also selected by former Interior Secretary Bruce Babbit to chair the Science Advisory Board of the Bureau of Land Management. He also has been a high school teacher and seasonal park ranger.

“Wallace Stegner once said that the battlegrounds of the environmental movement lie in the western public lands,” said Dr. Freemuth. “Our contribution to the discussion surrounding public lands is needed now more than ever. I look forward to building on the work that has already been done here, which is an important and ongoing aspect of the legacy of Governor Andrus in protecting and supporting access to the public lands of the United States for all Americans”

“John Freemuth has been an important part of our environment and public lands work over the past 20 years,” said Andrus Center Chairman Cecil D. Andrus. “His commitment to collaborative policy development based on sound science and broad public involvement make him the ideal individual to lead our efforts going forward.”

The Andrus Center provides a nationally-respected forum for addressing today’s public policy issues. The Center focuses on issues championed by former Idaho Governor and U.S. Secretary of the Interior Cecil D. Andrus: environmental resources, public lands and the cultivation of leadership from all segments of society.

In addition to hosting events pertaining to the environment, public lands, water, and mineral resources, the Andrus Center also hosts the Andrus Award for Leadership, The Andrus Lecture and the upcoming Women and the Leadership Conference. Governor Andrus continues to serve as the Center’s chair.

Registration Underway for Women and Leadership Conference

Conference May Qualify as Professional Development for Boise State Employees

Women and Leadership Conference, Mary Wagner, Associate Chief, US Forest Service, Simplot Ballroom

BOISE – Knowledge empowers. That’s the message of this year’s Women and Leadership Conference. Hosted by the Andrus Center for Public Policy, the conference brings nationally-known business, cultural and civic leaders to Boise State while offering skill-building workshops and networking opportunities.

Women and Leadership, which is open to women and men, is now in its fourth year at Boise State. The schedule has expanded to two full days to accommodate more workshops, including Leadership with Integrity, Language and Leadership, and a WordPress bootcamp.

Betty Ann Waters of the Innocence Project, Kate Swanborg of DreamWorks Animation, and Oscar-nominated documentary filmmaker Amy Ziering are among the keynote speakers. There will also be a special screening of the film The Hunting Ground.

Boise State employees are encouraged to register soon to ensure a spot. Jay Stephens, VP of Boise State Human Resources, reminds staff and faculty that Women and Leadership is a professional development conference applicable to both women and men. If your professional development plan includes content covered at Women and Leadership and your Supervisor approves the time off, that time is not subject to annual leave.

Women and Leadership will take place on September 14 and 15 in the Student Union’s Jordan Ballroom. Registration is $195 and includes eight keynote sessions, two skill builder workshops, two breakfasts and lunches, two networking events, and a reception.

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Encouraging the Next Generation of Women Leaders

National Education for Women’s Leadership Program Builds Confidence and Boosts Leadership Skills

NEW Leadership, Women in Leadership, Andrus Center, Allison Corona photo.

At the Statehouse. Allison Corona photo.

Twenty-seven young women from seven universities and colleges across Idaho recently converged on Boise State for the National Education for Women’s Leadership (NEW Leadership) program, where they learned hands-on leadership skills and met business, community, media and political leaders.

The weeklong session, hosted by Boise State’s School of Public Service, featured workshops designed to build expertise in areas such as public speaking, professional skills, leadership styles, diversity, and networking. The centerpiece of the week was an Action Project which divided the students into 4 groups (pro, con, committee members and media) and culminated in a mock committee hearing held at the Idaho State Legislature at the end of the week.

Photo of students at workshop

Workshop at the Andrus Center. Allison Corona photo.

The program wasn’t all workshops and lectures, however, as students enjoyed tours of the Statehouse, Boise’s Basque District and the Idaho Human Rights Memorial. Students also had the opportunity to put their networking know-how into practice at a reception featuring Idaho First Lady Lori Otter.

The program requires a competitive application process. And while many of the students come from Political Science or Public Policy backgrounds, several other fields were represented as well. Maribel Carillo Ovalle of the College of Western Idaho appreciated the breadth of ideas she encountered. “What I love about this program is that they’ve tried to diversify that this year and bring different careers together so that we can formulate new ideas by networking and creating social bonds.“

Photo of Panel of women nonprofit leaders, Andrus Center

Dr. Lori Hausegger and a panel of community leaders.  Allison Corona photo.

NEW Leadership participants spent the week together in a Boise State residence hall, and Mashaal Hijazi of Idaho State was impressed by the way participants made quick personal and professional connections. “I think the most interesting thing has been the way we have already clicked as women who are leaders,” said Hijazi. “Now that we are surrounded by women who share the characteristic of wanting to be a leader, it’s crazy how strong that relationship can be within a matter of days.”

NEW Leadership was developed by The Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP) at Rutgers University in 1991 and has since spread across the country. This year’s session, the third since NEW Leadership came to Boise State, introduced the participants to several women currently serving in the Idaho State Legislature, including Senate Minority Leader Michelle Stennett. Participants also met with powerful lobbyists, non-profit leaders and executives from companies such Micron and Idaho Power.

Mock Trial photo

Learning the legislative process at the Statehouse. Allison Corona photo.

The Action Project this year focused on a bill proposing Tuition Lock. Idaho Public Television’s Melissa Davlin facilitated the media working group, Marilyn Whitney, Governor Otter’s Senior Special Assistant for Education and Government Services, worked with the “pro” group, Representative Julie Van Orden and Senator Lori Den Hartog supervised the “con” group and former Minority Leader Wendy Jaquet worked with the committee members .

NEW Leadership Idaho is directed by Political Science professor Lori Hausegger with program manager Cathe Scott. Other Boise State faculty and staff working with the young women included Annie Kerrick, Donna Llewellyn, Jerri Mizrahi, Jen Schneider, and Stephanie Witt. Former representative, Holli Woodings, acted as Faculty in Residence for the week and stayed in the residence hall with the students.

NEW Leadership Idaho Conference

Students meet community leaders and legislators at the networking reception. Jessica Vargas photo.

Several NEW Leadership alumnae returned to share how they are turning their expertise into action. “Already I’m definitely more confident when I meet people for networking,” said Gates Lawler, a mechanical engineering major, “I’m not as shy about being a girl in engineering, but I can be a strong powerful woman in a male-dominated field.”

Many students, including College of Southern Idaho Business major Nuru Soragha, were motivated by the success stories they heard. “It makes me want to do the same as them,” said Soragha. “It is pushing me to be more than my expectations.“

NEW Leadership does not promote a single leadership model, but instead endeavors to help students find their own approaches. Students were introduced to a variety of styles and encouraged to explore a wide range of activities and opportunities to affect public policy.

Boise State student Briana Hale looked forward to putting the lessons she’s learned at NEW Leadership into practice, “I’ve never been to something that was so inspiring to me. This has definitely confirmed the path that I want to go on. And I can’t wait to go out and apply what I’ve learned here.“

Dr. Sanghee Park Awarded Paul Volcker Research Grant

Photo of Sanghee ParkThe Centennial Center of the American Political Science Department has awarded Dr. Sanghee Park a 2016 Paul Volcker Endowment Junior Scholar Research Grant. The award and grant will be announced at the Public Administration Business Meeting at APSA in Philadelphia in September. Dr. Park is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Public Policy and Administration. Her research focuses on the management of human, financial, and organizational resources in public and quasi-public organizations.


Funding Internships to Inspire Service

Justin Vaughn, Assistant Professor, Political Science Department (responsible for poli sci interns), Wendy Jaquet (responsible for public administration interns), Chairman Chief Allan presenting the check for legislative internships next year, and Brian Wampler, Chair, Political Science Department.

Justin Vaughn, Assistant Professor, Political Science Department (responsible for poli sci interns), Wendy Jaquet (responsible for public administration interns), Chairman Chief Allan presenting the check for legislative internships next year, and Brian Wampler, Chair, Political Science Department.

Internships are recognized as a valuable opportunity for students to build real-world experience and make the important connections needed to launch a career. With Boise State’s location near the Idaho State Capitol, positions at the legislature have long been a natural fit for Political Science and Public Administration students. Unfortunately, finances have been a hurdle for many students; not only are the internships unpaid, but students have been required to cover their own tuition.

The new Legislative Internship Scholarship from the School of Public Service seeks to make legislative opportunities a reality for more students by helping to cover the costs of their internships. This scholarship fund recently received a boost from the Coeur d’Alene Tribe who donated $7,000, enough to help ten Political Science and Public Administration majors to intern with financial assistance at the Idaho State Legislature for the 2017 session. Efforts to fully fund the scholarships are ongoing.

“Now more than ever, our state needs great leaders,” stated Chairman Chief James Allan of the Coeur d’Alene tribe. “Internships can be a great tool to help to prepare our future leaders for a life of public service, but the struggle of funding an internship can be an obstacle for many. We hope that this scholarship will increase the level of access to internships for more students and ultimately inspire students to pursue a career in public service.”

Legislative interns are honored with certificate of completion with Chairman Chief Allan

Legislative interns are honored with certificate of completion with Chairman Chief Allan.

As a former state legislator and a current Boise State Public Policy and Administration Professor, Wendy Jaquet agrees. “The Legislative Intern Scholarship is all about making public service internships attainable for more students. This helps them gain the connections and experience needed for a successful career serving the public. We are grateful to the Coeur d’Alene tribe for this generous contribution.”

Coeur d’Alene Chairman Allan presented the donation to Boise State President Bob Kustra at the annual Political Science Graduation/Honors event on May 5. Senator Chuck Winder, another donor to the effort, also attended the event.

Donations to the fund can be made to Fund SR128 at: