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A Diverse Profession: Social Work in the Twenty-first Century

Student Diversity Conference

Paul Brown, A.M. Candidate
Tianna Cervantez, A.M. Candidate

Date: May 9, 2008
Time: 9:30 am – 4:00 pm

The first annual Diversity Conference kicks off the SSA Centennial celebration with an examination of the many ways in which social workers and the social work profession are enhancing peoples’ lives and promoting the principles of social justice worldwide. Particular emphasis will be on the impact of social work on public health, economic development, and human rights both domestically and internationally. Panelists and attendees will be challenged to create and consider innovative solutions to global problems from a social work perspective.

Keynote Speaker

Joia Mukherjee trained in Infectious Disease, Internal Medicine, and Pediatrics at the Massachusetts General Hospital and has an MPH from the Harvard School of Public Health. She is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Social Medicine and Health Inequalities at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School where she teaches medical students, residents and fellows in the fields of infectious disease, global health and health disparities.

Since 2000, Dr. Mukherjee has served as the Medical Director of Partners In Health, an international medical charity with clinical programs in Haiti, Rwanda, Lesotho, Malawi, Peru, Mexico, Russia, and inner-city Boston. In this capacity she is involved in programmatic and clinical work to provide health care and reduce health disparities by developing public sector, community-based programs with local colleagues in those countries. Additionally, Dr. Mukherjee consults for the World Health Organization on the treatment of HIV and MDR-TB in developing countries and is a member of the Executive Board of Health Action AIDS, a campaign conducted with Physicians for Human Rights to engage the US health professional community in the international advocacy and education effort to stop the global AIDS pandemic.

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Symposium Program

9:30am - 10:00am Registration/Continental Breakfast
10:00am - 10:25am Opening Keynote Address
Introduction: Paul Brown and Tianna Cervantez
Jeanne C. Marsh, Dean, School of Social Service Administration
10:30am - 11:10am Human Rights Panel
Moderators: Meghan Overmyer and Eugene Robinson
Panelists: Mary Shuttleworth, President, Youth for Human Rights International
Simone Koehlinger, Director, Office of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Health-Department of Health
Mary Meg McCarthy, Director, National Immigrant Justice Center – Heartland Alliance
11:15am - 11:55am Public Health Panel
Moderators: Geneva Dodson and Ingrid Mejia
Panelists: Harold Pollack, Associate Professor, School of Social Service Administration
Jessica Darrow, Ph.D. Candidate, School of Social Service Administration Dr. Tulio Rodriguez, Physician, Loyola University Health System Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center
Sarah Gehlert, Professor, School of Social Service Administration
12:00pm - 1:25pm Luncheon Keynote Address
Introduction: Tianna Cervantez Speaker: Joia Mukherjee, Medical Director, Partners in Health
1:30pm - 2:10pm Individuals and Families Panel
Moderator: Willie Carl (C.J.) Harmon, Jr.
Terri Johnson, Vice President, Jane Addams Hull House Association
Wallace Goode, Associate Dean of Students in the University and Director of the University Community Service Center (UCSC)
Julia Henly, Associate Professor, School of Social Service Administration
2:15pm - 2:55pm Economic Development Panel
Moderator: Paul Brown
Panelists: William Sites, Associate Professor, School of Social Service Administration
Laura Lane, Executive Director, Woodlawn Preservation and Investment Corporation
Joel Bookman, Director of Programs, Local Initiatives Support Corporation
3:00pm - 315pm Closing comments
Paul Brown, A.M. Candidate, School of Social Service Administration
Tianna Cervantez, A.M. Candidate, School of Social
Service Administration
3:15pm - 4:00pm Reception