On Friday February 25, 2022, Rutgers School of Social Work hosted the Dr. Paul Shane Annual Policy Symposium: Democracy in Crisis: A Call for Political & Social Justice. Programming included: 

Introduction and Welcoming Remarks | DuWayne Battle, Cathryn C. Potter, and Lenna Nepomnyaschy, Rutgers School of Social Work

Keynote | Marla Blunt-Carter, Rutgers School of Social Work
Marla Blunt-Carter, MSW has committed her life to serving others. Blunt-Carter currently serves as Assistant Professor of Professional Practice. Prior to her career in academia, she held numerous positions in politics and practice including Projects Manager in the Senate office of then U.S. Senator Joe Biden; a State Director for the 2008 Obama/Biden presidential campaign; a Senior Agency Liaison in the Executive Office of the Obama Administration; and Senior Advisor for Delaware Congresswoman Lisa Blunt Rochester.

Meditation | Anthony Nicotera, Seton Hall University
Anthony has his law and social work degrees, is an educator, clinician, development professional, licensed social worker and counselor, multifaith spiritual practitioner, and leader. He has over 20 years of spiritual and clinical counseling, coaching, and teaching experience, as well as nonprofit leadership and management experience. He serves as Assistant Professor in the Bachelor of Social Work Program in Seton Hall University's Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work. He also serves as Adjunct Professor in New York University's Silver School of Social Work, where he has been teaching courses in social justice, nonviolent peacemaking, multifaith leadership and spirituality for the past 13 years.

Featured Discussion | Stanley Neron, City of Elizabeth
Discussion Title: Federal Policy in NJ & Crisis in Haiti
Stanley Neron is an experienced inspirational speaker, human service and social service advocate, and spiritual steward. His commitment to service to others manifest in many aspects of his life. Neron hold's a bachelor's degree in public administration and collateral in Africana studies and is determined to assure that students of color achieve, enter and complete their educational goals.

A Call to Action | Elizabeth Lawrence & Monika Soto
Elizabeth Lawrence is a graduate of the Columbia University School of Social Work, where she earned her degree in International Social Welfare and Policy. Previously, she was the Director of Constituent Services and Deputy Chief of Staff for Assemblyman and Policy Chair Gary Schaer in the 36th Legislative District of New Jersey. Elizabeth is the Director of the Office of Constituent Relations in the Office of Governor Phil Murphy. Monika Soto is a graduate of Seton Hall University where she earned her BSW and Columbia University where she earned her MSW. Monika currently serves as Justice Ambassador Program Manager at Prison Fellowship.

The event also included student poster presentations. View and comment on each student poster by clicking on the links below.

Georgian Court University

Ashley Berman - Substance Use

Lydia Bovasso - Minority Parents and School Involvement

Chloe Kassner - Visitation Policy

Rutgers University

Idalizes Asgarali - Mental Health

Nancy Barna - Food Insecurity Among Groups at Risk

Gina Marie Bellon - Bill S358

Alexandra Chis Luca - Missing Indigenous

Jennifer Del Rosario - Medicaid Substance Use

Sandrine Gashema - Police Brutality

Andrew Gonzalez - Autism

Jatzary Gutierrez - Reducing Extreme Economic Inequality

Mimi Hattoh - Voting Rights

Kamirah Hinton - Standby Custody

Danielle Luczak - Public Safety

Myrta Maldonado - Anti Racism

Anthony Mazakas - Mentoring

Emma Melhorn - Reproductive Act

Annette Netta - SUPPORT Act of 2018

Skyler Noon - Narcan

Jennifer Peterson - Investigation of Sexual Abuse

Mina Ryan - Texas Heartbeat Act

Jana Sasser - Mental Health Diversion

Shanti Shah - Mental Health Services for Students Act

Samantha Tulipani - Drinking Water and Wastewater

Clinton James Weatherborn - The EQUAL Act of 2021

Seton Hall University

Margaret Bautista - Ending Homelessness and Transitional Housing

Tamana Bawa - Bridging the Digital Divide Among Older Adults

Brigid Benko - Violence Against LGBTQAV

Karen Chernoff - Elder Abuse

Sarah Nicole Chodnicki - The Lethal Link Between DV and Firearms

Emily Chou - Violence Across the Life Course

Chelsea Cordero - Economic Equality

Caitlin Delaney - Reducing the Health Gap

Camren Fitzsimmons - Putting an End to Homelessness, Where to Start

Alexandra Iosim - One Spill at a Time How Oil Spills Are Harming Wildlife Oceans People

Amanda Lauschus - Health Disparities and Democracy

Daniella Maffei - Smart Decarceration

Alexandra Meza - Food Policy in America

Markie Moore - Environmental Justice

Carolyn Murray - Assistive Technology in Special Education

Anne Paulsen - Classism

John Serzan - Decrease Barriers to the Voting Process for Young Adults

Renee Wint - The Connection Between People of Color and Voting Rights

Lori Zerrusen - Galvanizing Democracy

St. Elizabeth University

Serene Clares Deeb - Policies that Impact Housing as a Social Determinant of Health

Marinely Gurrero - The Issues of Poverty Within America Solving the Social Injustice

Lissette Ortiz - Let's Create Economic Stability for Foster Care Youth

Hannah Smith - WIC

Kay Williams - Racial Disparities Pregnancy

Stockton University

Rebecca Dill - Family Violence Prevention

Jared Lombardi - Suicide Prevention

Logan Molitor - School Based Mental Health Programs

Isabelle Sanger Johnson - Matthew's Law

Christina Seel & Danielle Fischer - Home Grown Medicine Policy

Breanna Suppi - Children & Families DV