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#BlackLivesMatter and the Continual Problem of the Color Line

Pam Lightsey

Pamela Lightsey, PhD

March 2016


This May, St. Ambrose University will welcome Dr. Pamela R. Lightsey, Boston University School of Theology's Associate Dean for Community Life and Lifelong Learning, for the 18th annual Social Justice Conference. This all-day conference is Thursday, May 12 in the Rogalski Center Ballroom.

Dr. Lightsey is a human rights activist that marched in the protests during the school desegregation era and has continued her activism more recently in places like Ferguson, Mo., Boston, and Baltimore. She is a U.S. Army veteran, an ordained elder in the Northern Illinois Conference of the United Methodist Church, and works on issues of LGBTQ human rights, racism, poverty, and sexism. Read her full profile at Boston University

This year's conference will involve conversation on the #BlackLivesMatter movement, ongoing racism and oppression, and what we can learn from social justice activists.

"It's important to recognize not only our own part in perpetuating the oppression, but also what we can do to be a part of the solution," says Professor Amanda Greubel, Chair of Continuing Education for the School of Social Work.

The morning portion of the conference will focus on activism against oppression with Dr. Lightsey as the keynote speaker. A Field Instructor Appreciation Luncheon - available to all conference attendees - will follow.

The afternoon portion will include capstone presentations from the Concentration MSW students. Topics covered will include Social Work in the Media, Mental Health Courts, Trauma Informed Care, and others.

Registration is available online. The fee is $25 for both the breakfast and morning lecture. To attend the entire day, which includes lunch and continuing education materials, the fee is $40. The fee is waived for agency field instructors, and SAU students, faculty, and staff.

This conference meets criteria of the Iowa Board of Social Work Examiners for continuing social work education of 6.0 hours. The St. Ambrose School of Social Work is a licensed provider of social work education through the Illinois Department of Professional and Financial Regulation. 

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