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vitalvoices 2017-2018

The vitalvoices speaker series serves as a forum to bring scholars and practitioners alike to speak to students, faculty, alumni and community partners at UHD's College of Public Service. It is our hope that those we invite to speak will share, from the heart, their professional experiences, their knowledge, and how the work they do impacts society as a whole. We like to feature people whose work is interdisciplinary and touches upon the fields social work, criminal justice and urban education. 

Please click on the title of the vitalvoices event to be directed to its video presentation.

Reducing Recidivism: What Works and What Doesn't

Presented by Ed Latessa

This talk will provide participants with an understanding of the principles of effective correctional interventions and will emphasize the value and utility of employing evidence-based and research-driven practices in planning, administering, and evaluating programs, especially those in the community. Included will be a discussion of how correctional supervision and programs can be improved. Participants will learn: 

  • The steps of evidence based decision making
  • The major predictors of criminal behavior
  • What works in reducing recidivism and how to apply the principles of effective intervention to supervision
  • What doesn't work?
Tuesday, September 12, 2017 from 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. in Robertson Auditorium

Compassion 101: A Criminologist/Social Worker Ministers on San Quentin's Death Row

Presented by Dr. George Williams, Chaplain and Jesuit Priest serving on San Quentin's Death Row

Wednesday, October 18, 2017 from 5:30 - 7:00 P.M. in Robertson Auditorium

2nd Annual Symposium of University Supported Scholarship and Creativity

Featuring UHD College of Public Service Faculty

Wednesday, October 25, 2017 from 5:30 - 7:00 p.m. in C-100, Commerce Building


Elder Issues: the Graying of America: Opportunities for the Workforce of the Future

Presented by Dr. Carmel Dyer, UT Medical Center

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


Presentation of the Social Work Person of the Year

Presented to Jim McIngvale "Mattress Mack"

Thursday, January 25, 2018 from 5:30 - 7:00 p.m. in C-100, Commerce Building


School Discipline and the Texas Criminal Code: School to Prison Pipeline?

Presented by Dr. Augustina Reyes 

Thursday, February 15, 2018 from 5:30 - 7:00 p.m. in C-100, Commerce Building


Scholarly and Creative Activities Showcase

Featuring UHD's College of Public Service Faculty

Thursday, March 29, 2018 from 5:30 - 7:00 p.m.

All events are followed by refreshments and an opportunity to speak with the featured guest(s). 

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