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.
October 7, 2015
4:30pm - 6:00pm:
Building Community, Reaching for Justice Speaker Series: E. Vicente Sanabria
E. Vicente Sanabria, MS, Director of Community Engagement and Support for LUK, Inc.Addressing Opioid Overdoses: The Dance Floor and the Balcony:Within the public sector there are a variety of perspectives on how to address social challenges, including the current opioid epidemic. Mr. Sanabria will draw on the ‘dance floor and balcony’ metaphor from the work of Ronald Heifetz, Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, in discussing how to address this current social challenge. This metaphor can be used to bridge the gap between policy makers, organizations and neighborhoods, creating more effective and sustainable change. Mr. Sanabria will share his experiences in creating change at the local and state levels.
November 4, 2015
4:30pm - 6:00pm:
Building Community, Reaching for Justice Speaker Series: Linda Wertheimer
Linda Wertheimer, MS, Journalist and author of Faith Ed: Teaching about Religion in an Age of Intolerance
Teaching Children about Religion in an Age of Intolerance:
Ms. Wertheimer will discuss religion education in schools. She will share stories of children who have been bullied because of their faith, schools that have been challenged for teaching about world religions, and explain why students need to learn about the faiths and beliefs that are different from their own.
December 2, 2015
4:30pm - 6:00pm:
Building Community, Reaching for Justice Speaker Series: Lorna Rivera, Ph.D.
Lorna Rivera, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Women’s Studies and Director of Latino Studies Program in the College of Liberal Arts at UMASS Boston
Nativist Ideologies and Resistance in Latino Communities:
Dr. Rivera will discuss the politics of nativism, cultural difference, and pluralism in the United States. Rivera will discuss research about hate crimes and discriminatory policies against Latino immigrants, and examine what is at stake for Latino communities in the next U.S. presidential election and beyond.
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