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Poverty is a Human Rights Issue: Social Work and Economic Justice

March 27, 2019 @ 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

4th Annual Symposium UB School of Social Work
Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, Room 1220
995 Main St, Buffalo NY 14203 (use entrance at corner of Main St. and High St.)

This event is free and open to the public. Cosponsored by the WNY Peace Center


8:00 am – 8:30 am Registration / coffee, tea & muffins

8:30 am – 9:00 am Welcome
Hilary Weaver, Professor & Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, School of Social Work, University at Buffalo

9:00 am – 10:00 am Keynote by Kristin S. Seedfeldt, Ph.D.,
Associate Professor of Social Work, School of Social Work and Associate Professor of Public Policy, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, University of Michigan

10:15 am – 11:05 am Understanding Poverty in Buffalo-Niagara
Sam Magavern, Senior Policy Fellow, Partnership for the Public Good

11:15 am – 12:00 pm Working with disenfranchised youth (invited)
Desmond Patton, Ph.D., Public Interest Technologist; Associate Professor, Columbia University; Director, SAFE Lab

12:00 – 12:30 pm Lunch

12:35 pm – 12:45 pm Remarks
Nancy Smyth, Dean & Professor, School of Social Work, University at Buffalo

12:45 pm – 1:45 pm Plenary
Rev. Emily McNeill, Executive Director, Labor-Religion Coalition of New York State and Coordinator, Poor Peoples Campaign, New York State

2:00 pm – 3:30 pm – Panel: Local initiatives (invited)
African Heritage Food Co-op,
Housing Opportunities Made Equal (HOME), DeAnna Eason,
Urban and Regional Planning of Food Systems, Samina Raja, Professor,
School of Architecture and Planning, Univ. at Buffalo,
Westminster Economic Development Initiative.

3:30 pm – 4:00 pm Discussion: What next?

The Global Interest Group of the School of Social Work is committed to providing full access to this event; remote viewers can access the event at https://www.gotomeet.me/inSocialWork at any time with no password required. Those attending in person will be provided with morning coffee and lunch.

Please contact the organizer – [email protected] – with any questions or requests for reasonable accomodations.


March 27, 2019
8:00 am - 4:00 pm