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Worcester State to Host Symposium on Issues Regarding Race

Wednesday, December 16, 2015


Marco Rodrigues expected to attend symposium

Worcester State University's Latino Education Institute is offering a symposium titled "Lifting Opportunities for Boys in Worcester," which will look at issues affecting Latinos and other urban populations, especially among youth. 

The event will take place on Thursday, December 17th from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.  at Sheehan Residence Hall, Room 109 at Worcester State. 

Those expected to attend include local school leaders, interim Superintendent Marco Rodrigues, youth workers, funders, and representatives from higher education. 

The opening panel's presenters will share research they have undertaken related to male outcomes for underrepresented groups. 

Thomas Conroy, from Worcester State's Urban Studies Department, will offer the first public discussion of preliminary findings of the research which he conducted jointly with the LEI under the gran from the Boston Foundation. 

The symposium schedule is as follows.

11:30 a.m. - Welcome and Opening

Worcester State University President Barry M. Maloney and Alex Zequeira, President of the Nativity School of Worcester and Chair of the Latino Education Institute Advisory Board

11:45 a.m. - Perspectives from Boys and Young Men - the Research

Laurie Ross, Associate Professor of Community Development and Planning, Clark University; Thomas Conroy, Chair, Urban Studies, Worcester State University; Timothy E. Murphy, Visiting Assistant Professor, Urban Studies, Worcester State University

12:10 p.m. - Community Voices

Elliot Rivera and Paul Hernandez, Youth Practitioners, Latino Education Institute;  Robert Anderson, Youth Practitioner, Broader Horizons

12:30 p.m. - Questions and Answers

Lunch follows the Q and A with concurrent small groups discussions. The symposium concludes at 1:30 p.m.


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