Newtown mom to speak at Jackson State

Scarlett Lewis

Scarlett Lewis

JACKSON, Mississippi — Scarlett Lewis, a Newtown, Conn., mother whose son was killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, will be among the featured speakers during the Mississippi Child Welfare Institute at Jackson State University, held Feb. 12-14 at the Marriott Hotel, 200 E. Amite St.

The theme of the 12th Annual Conference is “Child Welfare: Building Multi-Generational Teams to Serve Families and Communities.” The interdisciplinary conference focuses on the best practices in the field of child welfare.

Lewis established the Jesse Lewis Choose Love Foundation after her son was killed in the Dec. 14, 2012, tragedy that claimed the lives of 25 others. The foundation collaborates with professional educators to develop school-based educational programs that promote peace and safety.

Other speakers include Crystal Collins-Camarago, associate professor of Social Work, University of Louisville, Kent School of Social Work; Michael A. Lindsey, associate professor, Silver School of Social Work, New York University; Paolo del Vecchio, director of Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services (SAMHSA) and Sarah Culberson, a philanthropist, dancer, actress, author and educator who co-founded and is president of Kposowa Foundation. Culberson is also director of Service-Learning at Oakwood School in Los Angeles.

Fred Burns, a JSU student who was in foster care as a youth and is now a motivational speaker, will address the Youth Empowerment Session.

“The goal of this conference is to develop resilience, well-being, and quality of life for children, families, and communities. Students, educators, practitioners, and interested community members are encouraged to attend,” said Dr. Theresia Johnson-Ratliff, director of field education in JSU’s College of Public Service School of Social Work.

Eleven hours of continuing education is offered to social workers. A special session attendance fee is available. To register or for more information about registration fees, contact Dr. Theresia Johnson-Ratliff, 601.432.6818, email, theresia.johnson-ratliff@jsums.edu or Eugenia Cook, 601.432.6828, email, Eugenia.r.cook@jsums.edu.

Donna Bruce

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One Response to “Newtown mom to speak at Jackson State”

  1. Jeff Says:

    Because being a victim or relative of a victim qualifies you as an expert. NOT. It generally qualifies you as an expert on how to be a victim.

    Or maybe creating your own foundation just a year old qualifies you as an expert. Don’t think so.

    If you want an effective program, listen to people who have had SUCCESS with the issue at hand, not to those, well-meaning as they are, who are there due to their failures or misfortunes. You don’t learn how to prevent or escape house fires by listening to relatives of those who died in house fires. You learn from fire safety officials and from those who actually prevented or escaped from fires.

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