Diversity and Justice Lecture and Distinguished Alumni Awards Celebration
Friday, January 26, 2018
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)
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.
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’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.
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, Director of Behavioral Health, Massachusetts Department of Corrections, and Najwa Sado Safadi, PhD ’12, Assistant Professor, School of Psychology and Social Work, Doha Institute for Graduate Studies in Qatar.
A reception will follow the presentation of the Distinguished Alumni Awards.
Friday, January 26 at 4:00pm to 7:30pm
Gasson Hall, Room 100
Gasson Hall, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467