Forum to examine racial bias in services for children, families


    LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Panelists from medical, juvenile justice, education and social work fields will tackle the issue of racial bias in a free forum March 9 at the University of Louisville.

    “Addressing Racial Bias in Services to Children and Families: A Problem-solving Forum” will run from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. in Ekstrom Library’s Chao Auditorium. Although open to the public, the forum is especially intended for family services providers and recipients, policymakers and college students in those disciplines.

    Sponsors are the Kent School of Social Work’s diversity committee and UofL’s Commission on Diversity and Racial Equality. Refreshments will be provided.

    Panelists will be: Melissa Currie, director, UofL pediatric forensics program; Hasan Davis, deputy commissioner, Kentucky Department for Juvenile Justice; Ron Jackson, chair, Louisville Race, Community and Child Welfare Board; Bernard Minnis, assistant superintendent, Jefferson County Public Schools; Jackie Stamps, service region administrator, Kentucky Department of Community-based Services; and Adewale Troutman, director, Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness, and associate professor, UofL School of Public Health and Information Sciences.

    For more information, call Althea Dryden at Kent School of Social Work, 502-852-3089.

    Judy Hughes
    Judy Hughes is a senior communications and marketing coordinator for UofL’s Office of Communications and Marketing and associate editor of UofL Magazine. She previously worked in news as a writer and editor for a daily newspaper and The Associated Press.