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Salem State to hold 'Safer Child Community' symposium

Posted by Terri Ogan  April 9, 2013 12:13 PM

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Salem residents and those involved in organizations focused on the city’s youth, will participate in a morning symposium that will explore the safety of the city's children within the community.

The event, which is set for Wednesday April 17 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Ellison Campus Center at Salem State University will discuss ways to collaborate and connect around the issue of how to make Salem a safer child community.

The various organizations will also be joined by Salem State students who are exploring the issue of child violence from a myriad of different academic perspectives. The symposium will focus on the following central issue: how safe are Salem’s children?

Diane Levin of Wheelock College will be one of the two keynote speakers. Levin’s work looks at the impact of violence and sexualization in the media on children’s development. She also directs a project in Northern Ireland on education in communities affected by violence.

Later on in the day, Sally Padden, a First Justice in the Salem Juvenile Court, will present an overview of the positive outcomes of community collaboration in Salem’s Point neighborhood.

Advance registration is required. Contact Yvonne Vissing at 978-542-6144 or by email at yvissing@salemstate.edu.

Terri Ogan can be reached at oganglobe@gmail.com, or follow her on Twitter.

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