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Previous vitalvoices 2019-2020

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.

Supporting Traumatized and Grieving Youth: A Scientist-Practitioner Approach

Guest Speaker: Dr. Julie Kaplow, Director, Chief of Psychology, Director Trauma and Grief Center, Texas Children's Hospital

September 19, 2019 from 5:30 - 7:00 p.m. in C-100


4th Annual Symposium of University Supported Scholarship and Creativity

Presented by CPS Faculty

October 29, 2019 from 5:30 - 7:00 p.m. in C-100


School to Farm to Community: A Journey Towards Teaching Critically and Sustainably with Equity and Diversity in Mind

Guest Speaker: Mary Cowhey

November 13, 2019 from 5:30 - 7:00 p.m. in C-100



Bail Reform Panel 

Wednesday March 4th, 2020
A panel discussion on Harris County’s historic Bail Reform lawsuit. For this vitalvoices event, moderated by Dr. Dawn McCarthy, panelists include:

  • The honorable Sheriff Ed Gonzales
  • Virginia Ryan, a Harris County Jail Population Management Specialist
  • Dr. Ana Yáñez-Correa, Director of Policy, Office of Commissioner Rodney Ellis of HC Precinct 1
  • Dr. Kevin Buckler, UHD Criminal Justice professor