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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.  

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Thank you to the Series sponsors!

  • Town of Andover
  • Andover Public Schools
  • Andover Education Association
  • Community Engagement Graduate Program, Merrimack College
  • Center for Engaged Democracy
  • Dean’s Office, School of Education & Social Policy

These events are free and open to the public.  

Upcoming Events


imageApril 16, 2014

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


imageThe author of Crossing Boundaries: Teaching and Learning with Urban Youth underscores the importance of partnerships in her presentation on Transformative Service-Learning Initiatives in Urban Schools and Communities. Dr. Kinloch is an associate professor in Literacy Studies at The Ohio State University.

Location: Merrimack College, Sakowich Campus Center, Murray Lounge 
Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

April 30, 2014

Sharing Transformations, Continuing the Journey

The final installment of the 2013-2014 Building Community, Reaching for Justice Speaker Series concludes with the presentations by the master’s in Community Engagement candidates, class of 2014.

Location: The Old Town House, 20 Main Street, Andover
Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm





Previous Events


imageSeptember 28, 2013
Marian Walsh, J.D.
Former Assistant Majority Leader, Massachusetts State Senate


imageOctober 30, 2013
Paul Toner, M.Ed, J.D.
President, Massachusetts Teachers Association


imageNovember 13, 2013
Dan Butin, Ph.D.
Dean, School of Education & Social Policy, Merrimack College


imageDecember 11, 2013
Joshua Abreu, M.A.
Retention Specialist, Northern Essex Community College




imageJanuary 29, 2014
Lorlene Hoyt, Ph.D. and Maureen Keegan
Talloires Network at Tuft University








image February 12, 2014
Carrie Rose, J.D.
Positively Impacting Student Performance by Engaging Family and School


March 12, 2014
Anne Henderson, Ph.D.
A Collaborative Enterprise: How Together Schools, Families, and Community Champion Student Achievement