Spring 2021 CBL Talks
The Office of Community-Based Learning (CBL) in collaboration with various campus partners, is pleased to offer a series of "CBL Talks" in the Spring 2021 semester. The goal of these CBL Talks is to provide University students with information and insights into some of the major challenges and opportunities facing the Scranton area and how they can be part of positive change.
Each of the CBL Talks will be offered as a live session with Q&A during the spring semester. These session will also be recorded to serve as a resource for CBL courses. For more information please email email@example.com .
Immigration Inclusion with Alejandra Marroquin and Jenny Gonzalez, Chairs of Scranton’s Immigrant Inclusion Committee
Monday, April 12 @ 7 PM
An examination of the recent waves of immigration from Latin American nations that continue to cultivate diversity in the city of Scranton and highlight the challenges and promise of the American immigration experience. Speakers are the chairs of Scranton’s immigrant Inclusion Committee, Alejandra Marroquin and Jenny Gonzalez, who have worked to address bias in our community and advocate for greater inclusion. Registration for the live event required at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CBLtalksImmigration
This event is sponsored by the Office of Community-Based Learning in collaboration with the Office of Community Relations, the Center for Service and Social Justice, and the Latin American Studies Program
About The Presenters
Jenny Gonzalez is a Licensed Social Worker. She obtained her MSW from Marywood University in 2019. She works Full-time for Community Justice Project on civil and immigrants rights matters. She also works part-time for Marywood University as the Co-Director of the STARS (Student Together Achieving Remarkable Success) program targeting 7-12th grade Latinx youth and their families in NEPA to provide them tutoring, mentoring, and college and career readiness information and resources.
Alejandra Marroquin, a native of Guatemala, has been living in the United States over twenty years. She is the Adult Behavioral Health Coordinator for Lackawanna County, where she works with mental health providers. For fifteen years, she has worked in the non-profit sector serving low-income families and working closely with the Latino Community in Lackawanna County. Alejandra’s passions are working on issues of diversity and inclusion and access to mental health services. She has worked at Friendship House in the children’s behavioral health department and was the Hispanic Outreach Coordinator at Catholic Social Services. Alejandra holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Penn State and is a social work alumna from Marywood University.
Economic Insecurity Amidst a Pandemic with Lisa Durkin, United Neighborhood Centers of NEPA and Meghan Loftus, Friends of the Poor
Tuesday, March 16 @ 7 PM
Before the coronavirus pandemic, the city of Scranton already had a high number of individuals and families below a “living wage.” Now combined with the nationwide economic downturn and resulting closures, the people of the city face even greater challenges. This presentation will identify the contributing factors and impact of economic insecurity in Scranton. Speakers are Lisa Durkin, CEO of United Neighborhood Centers and Meghan Loftus, CEO and President, Friends of the Poor Scranton.
This event is sponsored by the Office of Community-Based Learning in collaboration with the Office of Community Relations and the Center for Service and Social Justice
About The Presenters:
Lisa Durkin, President and Chief Executive Officer of United Neighborhood Centers and United Neighborhood Community Development Corporation Ms. Durkin began her career at UNC in 1998 as a Housing Counselor and in 2007 was promoted to Director of Community Services where she supervised over 20 crisis intervention programs serving the needs of low income families and individuals. In 2010 she became Chief Operating Officer and developed an Education Department and Community Health Department within the agency. She has been actively involved in community initiatives including the Housing Coalition of Lackawanna County, Women in Philanthropy, Penn State Scranton advisory board and various groups and committees addressing community needs.
Meghan Loftus, President & CEO, Friends of the Poor, Friends of the Poor Scranton In this role Ms. Loftus works to advance the Friends of the Poor’s mission to ease the burden of living in poverty and enhance the quality of life for economically disadvantaged communities. Ms. Loftus earned her Bachelor’s degree at The University of Scranton and her Master’s of Public Administration from Marywood University. Ms. Loftus’s passion for service and addressing extreme poverty has guided the expansion of services offered by the Friends of the Poor, especially its pandemic response to address food insecurity. Loftus currently serves as the chair of the Lackawanna County Housing Coalition and on the executive committee for the Lackawanna County Food Policy Council and sits on several other committees addressing emergent community needs.
Black Scranton Then and Now with Glynis Johns, M.A.
Tuesday, February 23 @ 7 PM
Glynis Johns, M.A., the Black Scranton Project founder and CEO, provides an overview of the Black history then and now in the City of Scranton. Ms. Johns will present on her own original research into the longstanding roots of the Black community in the city of Scranton, highlight notable figures, and look ahead to the future of Black Scranton. Registration for the live event required at: www.surveymonkey.com/r/CBLtalksBlackScranton
This event is sponsored by the Office of Community-Based Learning with the Black Student Union, the Cross Cultural Centers, the Office of Community Relations, and the Center for Service and Social Justice in collaboration with the Black Scranton Project.
About the Presenter
Glynis Johns, M.A., is the founder of Black Scranton Project, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, local heritage initiative, and public history venture dedicated to archiving and celebrating African American history of Scranton and NEPA. Glynis received her BA and MA in sociology at St. John’s University and is also a first-year doctoral student studying 19th and 20th century African American history at Rutgers University. A native Scrantonian, local historian, sociologist, artist, documentarian, and advocate; Glynis spends a lot of time researching Scranton in attempt to piece together narratives ofthe black community. She is proud to shift local perspectives on culture, inclusion, representation, and history. For Glynis, passions and projects are indistinguishable from each other.
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