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School of Education & Social Policy

Speaker Series

Building Community, Reaching for Justice

Sponsored by the Community Engagement Graduate Program at Merrimack College

This speaker series provides opportunities for experts in community engagement and related fields to discuss critical issues with students and the greater community, one Wednesday a month.  

All events are 4:30pm-6:00pm in Casica Hall unless otherwise noted.  Events are free and open to the public.   


Upcoming Events

September 9, 2015

  • 4:30pm - 6:00pm: Building Community, Reaching for Justice Speaker Series: W. David Power
    W. David Power, President and CEO of Perkins School for the Blind

    Real World 101

    Creating a world in which people who are blind have the same opportunities as sighted peers won’t happen overnight. Reversing a 75 percent unemployment rate among people who are visually impaired in the U.S. requires bold thinking and a commitment to social change. President and CEO Dave Power explains how Perkins School for the Blind is working hard to prepare young adults for career success – and to open the world’s eyes to the talent waiting to be discovered.

October 7, 2015

November 4, 2015

December 2, 2015


Previous Speakers

Marian Walsh, J.D.
Former Assistant Majority Leader, Massachusetts State Senate

Paul Toner, M.Ed, J.D.
President, Massachusetts Teachers Association

Dan Butin, Ph.D.
Dean, School of Education & Social Policy, Merrimack College

Joshua Abreu, M.A.
Retention Specialist, Northern Essex Community College

Lorlene Hoyt, Ph.D. and Maureen Keegan
Talloires Network at Tuft University

Carrie Rose, J.D.
Positively Impacting Student Performance by Engaging Family and School

Anne Henderson, Ph.D.
A Collaborative Enterprise: How Together Schools, Families, and Community Champion Student Achievement

Valerie Kinloch, Ph.D.
Literacy, Language and Youth: Strategies for the English Teacher, Engaging Urban Students

Community Engagement Master’s Candidates
Sharing Transformations, Continuing the Journey
The final installment of the 2013-2014 Building Community, Reaching for Justice Speaker Series concluded with presentations by the master’s in Community Engagement candidates, class of 2014.  

Kristin Anderson, MSc
Building Community, Building Neighborhoods
Chief Program Officer, North Shore Community Development Coalition