Fireside Chat


Joining President LaForge is U.S. District Judge Gustavo Gelpi, the first speaker in this year’s Colloquia Distinguished Speakers Series.

Judge Gelpi was on campus to discuss police reform in the United States from his perspective as a judge in the District of Puerto Rico. Judge Gelpi was appointed to the federal court in 2006 and holds life tenure. He currently is presiding over the nation’s largest police department reform case, which was filed by the United States Attorney General in 2012 as a result of systemic police practices.

During his judicial tenure, Judge Gelpi has presided over hundreds of prosecutions for narcotics, firearms, child exploitation, immigration, government corruption and other federal crimes. With a career spanning 25 years of public service, his lecture this past week was an important opportunity for Delta State students, faculty and staff to hear from someone with extensive knowledge of the police reform issue.

Our next Colloquia speakers event is set for Nov. 9 when Congressman Bennie Thompson will join us the day after the national elections to discuss this election year and the results of the election. It is set for 6 p.m. in Job Hall Auditorium, and we hope that you can join us. In other news on campus, the Delta State football team will host Mississippi College on Thursday for the annual Heritage Bell Classic. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m., and we need the Statesmen Nation there cheering on the Green and White.

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