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School of Education & Social Policy

Speaker Series

The Building Community, Reaching for Justice Speaker Series provides opportunities for experts in community engagement and related fields to discuss critical issues with students and the greater community, one Wednesday a month.  

The Series is sponsored by the Community Engagement Graduate Program at Merrimack College.

All events are 3:30pm-5:00pm in the Sakowich Campus Center, Murray Lounge.  Events are free and open to the public.  





Upcoming Events


Building Community, Building Neighborhoods
Kristin Anderson, MSc
Chief Program Officer, North Shore Community Development Coalition

October 8, 2014
Inclusion: An Opportunity and an Obligation
William Kiernan, Ph.D.
Director, Institute for Community Inclusion
Dean and Research Professor, School of Global Inclusion and Social Development, UMASS Boston

Community Engagement in Higher Education
John Saltmarsh, Ph.D.
Director, New England Resource Center for Higher Education
Faculty, Department of Leadership in Education, UMASS Boston

Strategies for Engaging Families and Community in Lawrence
Nelson Butten
Director of Community, Family and Student Engagement
Family Resource Center, Lawrence Public Schools



Previous Speakers


Marian Walsh, J.D.
Former Assistant Majority Leader, Massachusetts State Senate

Paul Toner, M.Ed, J.D.
President, Massachusetts Teachers Association

Dan Butin, Ph.D.
Dean, School of Education & Social Policy, Merrimack College

Joshua Abreu, M.A.
Retention Specialist, Northern Essex Community College

Lorlene Hoyt, Ph.D. and Maureen Keegan
Talloires Network at Tuft University

Carrie Rose, J.D.
Positively Impacting Student Performance by Engaging Family and School

Anne Henderson, Ph.D.
A Collaborative Enterprise: How Together Schools, Families, and Community Champion Student Achievement

Valerie Kinloch, Ph.D.
Literacy, Language and Youth: Strategies for the English Teacher, Engaging Urban Students

Community Engagement Master’s Candidates
Sharing Transformations, Continuing the Journey
The final installment of the 2013-2014 Building Community, Reaching for Justice Speaker Series concluded with presentations by the master’s in Community Engagement candidates, class of 2014.