Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events

Throughout the 2018/2019 academic year, The Learning Institute: Global Well-Being and Social Change will be offering a number of workshops and presentations around the theme of RACE AND RACISM. Brief descriptions of these thematic events are described below.

The Learning Institute is possible due to the following support:

Department of Social Work

Social Work Organization


September 10, 2018

slave to criminal

13TH Documentary Screening and Panel Discussion   

Ava DuVernay contends that slavery has been perpetuated in practices since the end of the American Civil War through such actions as criminalizing behavior and enabling police to arrest poor freedmen and force them to work for the state under convict leasing; suppression of African Americans by disenfranchisement, lynchings and Jim Crow.

Myers Auditorium, McComsey Hall                            

6:00-9:00 p.m.

Cost: Free ($25 for 3 CEUs) Contact MU Ticketing Office at 717-871-7600 to reserve your tickets go to:  https://red.vendini.com/ticket-software.html?t=tix&e=7a79acdec6b2f90f6bad22fc5cd5dfb7

October 22, 2018    


When Race Determines Life or Death: Policing in America

Presented by Luther Tyus, MSW Student, Former Police Officer

Police officers perception of race could effect whether a perpetrator lives or dies. Speaking from experience, former Officer Luther Tyus speaks on what he did when he was faced with the choice to use lethal force or not.  

SMC 114 Reighard MPR


Cost: Free ($25 for 3 CEUs). Contact MU Ticketing Office at 717-871-7600 to reserve your tickets go to: https://red.vendini.com/ticket-software.html?t=tix&e=1e8d288c3077ec471b26b3dce01a76ce

November 13, 2018


Lets Talk About Race


Presented by Jas Whitlow, Director of Intercultural Center for Student Engagement

This anti-racism workshop will explore the construct of race and how it has shaped our perceptions. Further, attendees will explore the dominant narrative around race and ways racism is perpetuated. Participants will begin their own work to develop and deepen capacity for change.

SMC 114 Reighard MPR


Cost: Free ($40 for 6 CEUs).  Contact MU Ticketing Office at 717-871-7600 to reserve your tickets go to: https://red.vendini.com/ticket-software.html?t=tix&e=4dd7cb8a358ab5938db20f9d7ffe4480

February 19, 2019    

Race, Refugees and Building a Culture of Welcome

Presented by Stephanie Gromek, Development and Communications Coordinator   

Refugees arrive in Lancaster through the refugee resettlement program of Church World Services and integrate within the local way of living, and their own cultural norms. This presentation will explore further what welcome means across cultures, and how Lancaster has shown acceptance to all-regardless of race, religion, nationality, political opinions, or memberships of particular social groups. 


SMC 114 Reighard MPR


Cost: Free ($25 for 3 CEUs). Contact MU Ticketing Office at 717-871-7600 to reserve your tickets go to: https://red.vendini.com/ticket-software.html?t=tix&e=b38b111c76e5107d238d233530f16ca4


March 27, 2019





Presented by Dr. Wanja Ogongi and Ms. Patience Buckwalter, LSW

Lancaster County has been welcoming refugees for over 300 years and is known as America’s refugee capital. Clinical and research literature suggests that there are significant degrees of psychological distress among refugees and immigrants, with relatively high levels of physical and psychological dysfunction during the first two years of resettlement in a new country. This training session will highlight and address some of these unique set of mental health challenges experienced by immigrants and refugees and provide information on perceptions and interpretations of mental health issues.

This training will provide FREE CEUs in honor of Social Work Month. The Social Work Profession is dedicated to enhancing well-being and helping mee the basic needs of all people, especially those who are vulnerable, oppressed and living in poverty. This year's theme is "Elevate Social Work" which embodies the need to recognize the extraordinary contributions of the profession to our society. Social workers elevate and empower people, giving them the ability to solve problems, cope with personal roadblocks and get the resources they need to succeed.

SMC, Room 114 (Multipurpose Room) 6:00-9:00 pm

Cost: FREE (3 FREE CEUs). Light refreshments will be served so please register in advance. Order tickets at: March 27th event. Contact MU Ticketing Office at: http://muticketsonline.com or call (717) 871-7600. Please contact Dr. Rice with questions at: karen.rice@millersville.edu or (717) 871-5297.


April 24-26, 2019

Save the Date!!

6th Annual Global Well-Being and Social Change Conference

Social Justice: Valuing Difference, Pursuing Equity, and Finding Space for Solidarity

SMC, Main Campus, Millersville, PA

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    The Learning Institute:
    Global Well-Being and Social Change

    Karen Rice, Department Chair of Social Work at Millersville University
    (717) 871-5297