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Panelist Bio


Jamar Ennis
Louisiana Youth for Excellence

Jamar Ennis is the Executive Director of the Louisiana Youth For Excellence (LYFE) within the Office of Governor John Bel Edwards and the Governor’s Office of Community Programs.

LYFE is the Governor’s statewide positive youth development program that promotes leadership development, character building, and the awareness of the various consequences of at-risk behaviors, unplanned teen pregnancy, and sexual transmitted infections for Louisiana youth between the ages of 12-19. The LYFE program provides access to abstinence-centric resources to schools, faith-based, and community-based organizations, and parents.

Jamar has worked in public service for the State of Louisiana for more than twelve years, and has experience in HIV/AIDS prevention. He is a native of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and has received his undergraduate degree from Louisiana State University and his Juris Doctorate from the Southern University Law Center.

He is engaged to Kimberly Barbee.

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     02/18 - Drawing the Line: Sexual Harassment in Louisiana

How widespread is the problem in our state? Take the survey!
Governor John Bel Edward’s deputy chief of staff, Johnny Anderson, resigned in November due to allegations of sexual harassment. A month earlier, celebrity chef John Besh stepped down from his restaurant management group after sexual harassment accusations. Charges of sexual misconduct in the workplace against celebrities and government officials made state and national headlines during the last several months of 2017.

How widespread is the problem in our state? Where is the distinction drawn between boorish acts and abusive behavior? Is every circumstance unique or should all offenders be dealt with in the same manner? Louisiana Public Square looks for answers to these questions and more on “Drawing the Line: Sexual Harassment in Louisiana” Wednesday, February 28 at 7 p.m. on LPB and in New Orleans on WLAE. (Recording Tuesday, February 27)

Panelists:
- Sen. Sharon Hewitt, R-Slidell; Senate Select Committee on Women and Children
- Craig Broome; Louisiana Society of Human Resource
- Janice Lansing, Chairperson of Governor Edwards’ Sexual Harassment & Discrimination Policy Task Force
- Allison A. Jones; attorney; Downer, Jones & Wilhite in Shreveport

LPB CEO, Beth Courtney and Southern University Vice President for External Affairs, Robyn Merrick, host the discussion.


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