Power of Diversity lecture series continues Oct. 7 with talk on poverty issues

Headshot of Anna maria Santiago CWRUThe Office for Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity’s Power of Diversity lecture series continues Tuesday, Oct. 7, at 3 p.m. with a talk by Anna Maria Santiago, the Leona Bevis and Marguerite Haynam Professor of Community Development at the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences. Her lecture, titled “Fifty Years Later: From a War on Poverty To a War on the Poor,” will be held in the Tinkham Veale University Center’s Senior Classroom.

The lecture is free and open to the public.

Santiago is a specialist in urban and social welfare policy as well as research methodology. She teaches research, community and social development, and policy courses in the master’s and doctoral degree programs at the Mandel School. She is a senior editor for the Journal of Community Practice and president-elect of the Society for the Study of Social Problems.

For more than two decades, Santiago has been involved with research that focuses on the importance of place on the economic opportunities and life chances available to low-income and minority families. Her current research focuses primarily on how federal, state and local housing policies and programs serve as vehicles for community and social development.

Case Western Reserve University’s Office for Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity sponsors the Power of Diversity Lecture Series to inspire campus dialogue, community engagement and civic education and learning about the national narrative on diversity and inclusion. The annual series includes two distinguished guest speakers from the national or international scene and four scholars from the university’s own faculty.

The speakers include scholars, thought leaders and diversity professionals whose research, scholarship, leadership and advocacy enhance the university’s efforts to present diverse ideas, perspectives and viewpoints to inspire greater understanding and appreciation for inclusive excellence.

All Power of Diversity lectures are free and open to the public.