Pima County Public Defender Margo Cowan to Deliver Keynote Speech at the 2010 Social Justice Symposium, April 23rd

Friday, April 23, 2010 - 10:00am to 5:00pm
The Tucson community is invited to attend the 4th Annual Social Justice Symposium on Friday, April 23rd at the University of Arizona Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health.
Hosted by the Global Health Alliance (GHA), a student organization, the conference is designed to engage students, faculty, health professionals, and community members in an open dialogue and raise awareness about how social inequality harms the health of the public.
Pima Country Public Defender Margo Cowan will deliver the keynote address. The theme of the symposium is “Taking a Step Forward: Fostering Awareness and Action in the Area of Social Justice.” The seminar will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Drachman Hall.
Topics will include: Understanding Racial Microaggressions and Black Identity Development, Serving Southern Arizona’s Homeless Population, Supporting LGBTQ People of Color, Sexualizing Sexual Minorities: Implications for Young Women’s Sexual Health, Sexual/Social Justice for Women, Fostering Sexual Self-Efficacy to Reduce Health Disparities among Latina Adolescents, Social Justice in a Divided Democracy, and Preventing Gender Violence
The event is free and open to the public. Lunch is included. Registration is required: http://www.publichealth.arizona.edu/sj2010/
The Keynote Speaker is Pima Country Public Defender Margo Cowan, co-founder of the group No More Deaths, which aims to eliminate deaths on the border crossing from Mexico to the U.S. During her 24 years of practice, Cowan has gained substantial experience in the fields of border and immigration policy. In March 2007, Cowan was awarded the Cesar Chavez Humanitarian Award by the National Association for Social Workers, AZ Branch II, for her dedication in advancing human rights.
Additional Speakers:
·       Maria Moore, Program Director, African American Student Affairs, University of Arizona
·       Douglas F. Larson, Ph.D,Professor of Surgery & Pharmacology, Director, Circulatory Sciences Program, University of Arizona
·       Kristina Beckman-Brito, Ph.D., Second Language Acquisition and Teaching, University of Arizona, Writing Faculty, Pima Community College
·       Kesha Dawson, Program Director, Women's Foundation of Southern Arizona 
·       Elizabeth Morgan Thompson, PhD, Postdoctoral Scholar and Project Director for the Gender, Sexuality, and Conformity in Schools Project, Frances McClelland Institute for Children, Youth and Families, University of Arizona 
·       RJ Shannon, Minority AIDS Coordinator, Arizona Department of Health Services
·       Zami Callahan, Outreach Specialist, Wingspan, Southern Arizona’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community center
·       Dan E. Beauchamp, Ph.D., Political Science. Former Professor of Health Policy and Administration in the School of Public Health at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and at the State University of New York in Albany. Author of Beyond Alcoholism: Alcohol and Public Health Policy and Health Care Reform and the Battle for the Body Politic
·       Ross Dubois and Jessica Boor, Community Directors, Residence Life at the University of Arizona
·       Josh Schachter, Co-Founder, Finding Voice Project, literacy and visual arts program for refugee and immigrant youth at Catalina Magnet High School in Tucson.
For a complete list of speakers and the Agenda, please contact Gerri Kelly at 520-626-9669.
Friday, April 23, 2010 | 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
1295 N. Martin Ave.
Tucson, AZ 85724
University of Arizona Zuckerman College of Public Health
·       Catherine O’Grady, clogrady@email.arizona.edu
·       Amanda Baker, aabake@email.arizona.edu