Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Homeless in Cincinnati Symposium May 1

Daylong event features experts on issues facing community and individuals

CINCINNATI – Union Institute & University (UI&U) today announced their Spring 2009 Symposium titled “The State of the Homeless in Cincinnati.” The daylong event is open to the public and will be held Friday, May 1 at the university’s headquarters in Walnut Hills. The event features presentations and discussions led by area experts and advocates, including Ohio Congressman Steve Driehaus; Josh Spring, executive director of the Greater Cincinnati Coalition for the Homeless; and Wayde Smith Sr., executive director of Superjobs.

This important symposium is part of the ongoing efforts by UI&U to provide socially relevant programs to the entire community. “Through its learners, alumni, and faculty, Union’s emphasis has always been on finding creative and lasting solutions to the issues that affect our communities,” said UI&U President Dr. Roger H. Sublett. “The state of the homeless is a topic that demands our attention and given our location in the heart of the city, we believe we have not only an opportunity – but an obligation to initiate dialogue and work collaboratively and creatively to find solutions and make change.”

UI&U faculty Bari Kraus, MSW, will facilitate the event that brings together more than 12 local experts in several areas relevant to the homeless community, including legal issues, housing, employment, and mental health. Among the presenters is Deborah Brundidge, MSW, counseling team coordinator for the Drop Inn Shelter, who will begin the discussions with a presentation titled, “The Overall Consequences of Poverty.” Dr. Larry Preston, dean of UI&U’s Ph.D. in interdisciplinary studies program will co-present “The Role of Government” with Rep. Driehaus, and Mary Burke, executive director of the Over-the-Rhine Housing Community, will address housing services for the homeless.

The event will take place May 1, from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., at Union Institute & University, 440 East McMillan Street, Walnut Hills. The event is open to the public however, seating is limited. Reservations required by April 24. Parking and admission is free. Boxed lunches will be available for $10 per person. To reserve a seat, please contact Juanita Johnson at 513-487-1163 or email:

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