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2018 Symposium on Children

October 4, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Improving Children’s Lives by Building Resilient Communities

Our annual event brings together leading researchers, practitioners and policy makers to discuss pressing issues related to children’s well-being.

When: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., reception to follow

Where: The Longaberger Alumni House, 2200 Olentangy River Rd, Columbus, Ohio. Free Parking. Includes lunch.


Keynote Speakers

Howard Pinderhughes (Chair and Professor, Dept. of Social and Behavioral Sciences, University of California, San Francisco) is a leading author and expert in conflict, trauma and race relations who has spoken about a need for a new framework to address community trauma.



Benjamin Perks (UN Representative, Sr. Fellow at University of Birmingham) is a United Nation’s Children’s Fund Representative and international speaker advocating for reforms that strengthen the human rights of children in the areas of protection, justice, health, education and early childhood resiliency.



Paul Abernathy (CEO, FOCUS Pittsburgh) is head of a Pittsburgh-based social service agency, reverend, and community organizer who has delivered a Tedx Talk and spoken to audiences about the importance trauma-informed community development.



Program Schedule

10 a.m. Registration/Posters
10:30-10:45 a.m. Welcome – Dean Pope-Davis, College of Education and Human Ecology
Opening Remarks – Tanny Crane, CEO Crane Group; Columbus City Councilmember Priscilla Tyson
10:45-11:45 a.m. Dr. Howard Pinderhughes: Community trauma and resilience: A new framework for improving communities
11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. Lunch
12:30-1:15 p.m. Panel Discussion: Building resilience in the midst of Ohio’s opioid crisis

Kevin Lorson – Professor, Wright State University; developed state-wide K-12 Health and Opioid Prevention Education [HOPE] Curriculum
Andrea Boxill – Deputy Director Governor’s Cabinet Opiate Action
Tracy Najera – Executive Director, Children’s Defense Fund-Ohio
Teresa Fedor, State Representative – Moderator

1:15-2:15 p.m. Benjamin Perks: Beyond the moral imperative: How improving children’s well-being improves public health, economic development, and advances human rights 
2:15-2:30 p.m. Break
2:30-3:30 p.m. Paul Abernathy: Building resilient ecosystems: The role community members play
3:30-4:00 p.m. Wrap up and discussion: How can we forge resilient communities here in Columbus for our children?

Franklin County Commissioner Marilyn Brown
Symposium Discussant – Dr. Angel Rhodes, FutureReady Columbus

4:00 p.m. Closing Remarks – Dr. Laura Justice, Executive Director, Crane Center




October 4, 2018
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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