The Fifth Annual Conference on Girls, Community, and Justice -- sponsored by UMass Dartmouth -- will be held May 1 at the university's Woodland Commons Conference Center. Seating is limited, requiring registration by April 17.
This year's program will be international in scope, with a focus on programs and policy for and about girls in need in several countries and cultures. Participants will learn about new ideas and approaches to programming for girls and new perspectives about the state of girls in various cultural contexts.
Former Massachusetts Governor Michael S. Dukakis will deliver the keynote address.
"For decades, Governor Dukakis has been a voice of reform for programs that address the human struggles behind the public acts," said Prof. Robin Robinson, organizer of the conference. "At this conference he will speak to his visions of justice and policy, leading a program of distinguished speakers with international perspectives on girls, community, and justice."
Confirmed speakers and their areas of expertise include:
- Regina Bertholdo, Director of the Parent Information Center, Somerville Public Schools, Somerville, MA, who works intensively with parents, and also with girls in the Brazilian community;
- Walter DeKeseredy, Professor, University of Ontario Institute of Technology, Canada, whose major research focus is about girls and women in the criminal justice system in Canada, especially girl and woman abuse;
- Barry Godfrey, Professor and Director, Research Institute of Law, Politics, and Justice, Keele University, England, whose work includes research about girls and violence in the United Kingdom, Australia, and New Zealand;
- Heloisa Maria Galvao, Executive Director, Brazilian Women's Group, Boston, and Bilingual Community Field Coordinator, Boston Public Schools, whose work includes supports for young women in the Brazilian community;
- Francine Sherman, Clinical Professor and Director, Juvenile Rights Advocacy Project, Boston College Law School, whose work focuses on girls in the justice system and contextual legal services for system involved youth, and who is doing ongoing research into the pathways girls take into and through justice systems as well as effective practices for attorney's representing girls.
To register and see full conference details, please visit http://www.umassd.edu/cas/sociology/faculty/rrobinson.cfm