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Coming up on Connections: Tuesday, July 6

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Judge Craig Doran is seen in this October 2019 photo announcing the expansion of the Rochester Human Trafficking Intervention Court.

First hour: Reactions to the news surrounding State Supreme Court Justice Craig Doran

Second hour: Local college leaders on vaccination policy for the fall semesterLast week, State Supreme Court Justice Craig Doran announced he would be stepping down from his administrative role as judge for the Seventh Judicial District. The move comes after a photo emerged of him portraying what he described as "a well-known public figure of color" at a Halloween party in 1988. Doran apologized, saying, “I did not comprehend at the time the hurtful nature of my actions. I know now that an act of this nature is considered to be racist. I can assure you that this event in 1988 in no way reflects my beliefs and principles.” He will continue to serve in his role as an elected State Supreme Court justice. This hour, we discuss reactions to the incident. Our guests:

  • Reverend Lewis Stewart, president of United Christian Leadership Ministry
  • Natalie Ann Knott, assistant public defender

Then in our second hour, colleges and universities across New York State are gearing up for the fall semester. A number of them are requiring COVID-19 vaccinations in some form. This hour, we talk to representatives from two local colleges about their institutions' vaccination policies: Hobart and William Smith Colleges, which aren't requiring vaccines; and Alfred University, which is. Our guests:

  • Robb Flowers, vice president for campus life at Hobart and William Smith Colleges
  • Mark Zupan, president of Alfred University
Evan Dawson is the host of "Connections with Evan Dawson." He joined WXXI in January 2014 after working at 13WHAM-TV, where he served as morning news anchor. He was hired as a reporter for 13WHAM-TV in 2003 before being promoted to anchor in 2007.
Megan Mack is the executive producer of "Connections with Evan Dawson" and live/televised engagement programming.