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Diversity and Justice Lecture and Distinguished Alumni Awards Celebration

Friday, January 26, 2018
4:00–7:30 p.m. (see detailed schedule)
Gasson Hall, Room 100
Chestnut Hill Campus, Boston College (See maps and directions)
Parking available in the Beacon Street Garage (See parking rates and information)
(See detailed schedule)
1.25 CEUs

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The Boston College School of Social Work Diversity and Justice Committee and Alumni Association present the annual Diversity and Justice Lecture and Distinguished Alumni Awards Celebration.

Diversity and Justice Lecture


As one of a series of  events offered each year by the Diversity and Justice Committee, and in keeping with the  2017–18 theme, “Social Justice and the Common Good,” the Diversity and Justice Lecture will be given by Jason Purnell, Associate Professor, Brown School of Social Work, Washington University in St. Louis.  The lecture will be titled "For the Sake of All: Addressing Health Equity and Social Determinants of Health in St. Louis."

Jason Purnell  Associate Professor
Jason Purnell Associate Professor

Jason Purnell’s research focuses on how socioeconomic and sociocultural factors influence health behaviors and health outcomes and on mobilizing community action to address the social determinants of health. He currently leads the For the Sake of All project, which focuses on improving the health of all people by eliminating racial inequities in the St. Louis region through the implementation of strategies related to the six areas of recommendation in the For the Sake of All report.

Purnell is trained in both applied psychology and public health. He is a faculty affiliate with the Prevention Research Center and the Center for Public Health Systems Science at the Brown School, a faculty scholar in the Institute for Public Health, and faculty director for Thriving Communities in the Center for Social Development.

Purnell is very active in the St. Louis community, including service on the boards of Beyond Housing, Inc., the American Youth Foundation, and the Peace and Justice Commission of the Archdiocese of St. Louis. He is also a licensed psychologist in the state of Missouri and a former director of community engagement with the United Way of Greater St. Louis.

The lecture will be followed by a conversation with Jack Butler, S.J., Vice President, University Mission and Ministry, Boston College.

Distinguished Alumni Award Celebration

This event will also honor the recipients of the 2018 Distinguished Alumni Awards, which recognize Boston College School of Social Work MSW or PhD alumni who have made significant contributions to the social work profession. The 2017 award recipients are Mitzi Peterson, MSW ’97, LICSW, CCHP, and Najwa Sado Safadi, PhD ’12

A reception will follow the presentation of the Distinguished Alumni Awards.

Diversity and Justice Lecture and Distinguished Alumni Awards Celebration Schedule
 
4:00 p.m.                       
 
Welcome
Ruth McRoy, Donahue and DiFelice Endowed Professor
Gautam Yadama, Dean, Boston College School of Social Work
                       Diversity and Justice Lecture
Jason Purnell
Associate Professor, Brown School of Social Work, Washington University in St. Louis

Respondent
Jack Butler, S.J.
Vice President, University Mission and Ministry, Boston College

Audience Q&A
5:30 p.m.

 
Distinguished Awards Ceremony
Mitzi Peterson,  MSW ’97, LICSW, CCH
Najwa Sado Safadi, PhD ’12
6:30 p.m. Reception