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2010.03.18 > For Immediate Release
contact: Wendy Townley - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2762 - email: wtownley@unomaha.edu

Gandhi Symposium and Award Luncheon is April 16

Omaha - The 13th annual University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) School of Social Work Gandhi Symposium and Award Luncheon is Friday, April 16. The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Scott Conference Center, 6450 Pine Street.

The day will begin with a performance by the Siena/Francis House singers at 9 a.m. The singers are presented by the Siena/Francis House Homeless Shelter.

Dennis Culhane, professor of social policy, psychology and policy research and evaluation at the University of Pennsylvania, will lead the symposium, which starts at 9:15 a.m. His presentation is titled "The Dynamics of Homelessness."

Culhane’s primary areas of research are homelessness, housing policy and policy analysis research methods. His current work includes studies of the dynamics of homelessness among families and adults, and the impact of homelessness on the utilization of health, education and social services. Culhane was recently named director of research for the Veteran’s Administration’s National Center for Homelessness among Veterans.

Retired Marine Staff Sgt. Eric Alva, a San Antonio native, is the keynote speaker for the 2010 Gandhi Award Luncheon.

During the luncheon, the 2010 Gandhi Award will be presented to Mel Beckman. Beckman founded the grass roots organization Family and Friends of Inmates. He is the editor and publisher of the quarterly Nebraska Criminal Justice Review. He also serves as the co-coordinator for the Nebraska Coalition for the Fair Sentencing of Youth.

The UNO School of Social Work Gandhi Award, presented annually since 1996, honors individuals and organizations that exemplify Mahatma Gandhi's principles of nonviolence, selfless service and social action – which are consistent with social work values.

The cost to attend the symposium, including the luncheon, is $15 for students and $30 for non-students. The cost to attend only the luncheon is $15. Scholarships are available for social work students to attend the symposium. To register, contact Judy Milner at jmilner@unomaha.edu or (402) 554-2793. 5.25 CEUs are available for attending the symposium. Registration deadline is Friday, April 2.

For more information, call (402) 554-2793 or (402) 554-3057.

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