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vitalvoices 2016-2017

Homeless Youth: Serving an Invisible Population

Presented by Dr. Natasha Slesnick

Runaway and homeless youth are often disconnected from family, and underserved by communities, left to fend for themselves on the fringes of our society. Dr. Natasha Slesnick will discuss how research has informed service efforts in her community.

April 19, 2017 from 1:30 - 3:00 p.m. in C-100, Commerce Building

"Mija, tu vas a ir a la universidad": Advocating to Broaden the Participation of Latina/o Students in S.T.E.M.

Presented by Sylvia Celedon-Pattichis

The presentation will center on approaches that teachers can implement to advocate for all student's in particular bilingual Latina/o students, in their classrooms and communities. These approaches will be discussed within the context of my own personal story as a Latina emergent bilingual who came to the United States as an eight-year old and as someone who is strongly committed to advocacy for access, equity and empowerment in S.T.E.M.

March 23, 2017 from 5:30 - 7:00 p.m. in C-100, Commerce Building


The Era of Magical Thinking: Youth in the Adult Criminal Justice System in Texas and Beyond

Presented by Michelle Deitch, University of Texas, School of Public Policy

Professor Deitch will discuss her research on the characteristics of youth tried as adults, what happens to them in adult jails and prisons, sentencing law affecting youth tried as adults, and national and Texas policy trends. 

February 8, 2017 from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. in C-100, Commerce Building


Symposium of Supported Scholarship and Creativity

Dr. Heather Goltz, Social Work
Dr. Judith Harris, Criminal Justice
Dr. Laura Mitchell, Urban Education
Dr. Rebecca Pfeffer, Criminal Justice
Dr. Bernardo Pohl, Urban Education

Dr. Jacqueline Sack, Urban Education

October 19, 2016 from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. in C-100, Commerce Building

Tackling Substance Abuse in Criminal Justice Populations

A panel moderated by UHD Criminal Justice Assistant Professor Dr. Krista Gehring

Donald Cooper, Counseling Supervisor, Harris County Community Supervision and Corrections Department Outpatient Counseling
Jeanette Kolarick, Program Director, Felony Mental Health Court

Peter Mott, Program Director, Gateway Foundation of Texas

October 18, 2016 2:30 - 4:00 p.m. at the Robertson Auditorium (A350)


Texturing with Multimodal Texts Across Content Areas: A Multiliteracies Approach to Teaching and Learning

Presented by Lucia Cardenas

September 22, 2016 from 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. at the Robertson Auditorium (A350)


For further information contact Steven Villano, Director of the Center for Public Service and Community Research at