Event date: 3/12/2021 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM Export event
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A House is Not a Home: Homelessness and Racial Justice

A Social Work Call to Action

3 Category A Clinical CEUs pending approval from NASW NH

All registration fees will be donated to the NH Coalition to End Homelessness


Join the University of New Hampshire's Social Work Department and NASW NH for a special presentation on this important topic.

8:45- 10:00 Welcome and Keynote presentation, Gary Bailey, MSW, ACSW

10:00-10:15 – Break

10:15-11:30 – Stephanie Savard, LICSW The intersection of inequities and homelessness is often not the primary lens in which stakeholders and systems focus on when addressing homelessness in our communities. Instead, experts have often strategized solutions to homelessness by focusing on interventions including outreach, food, and emergency shelter. While these initiatives are imperative to address immediate life-safety needs, a better understanding of how societal inequities directly impact homelessness helps to widen the lens for a broader solution to preventing homelessness. Understanding historical and current systemic discriminatory policies and programs will help address inequities that impact homelessness including race, ethnicity, housing and healthcare. This presentation will review the findings of the New Hampshire Coalition to End Homelessness: 2020 State of Homelessness in New Hampshire Annual Report. In addition, attendees will hear from a panel of individuals with lived experience with homelessness, including perspectives from diverse populations in New Hampshire.

11:30-11:15 – Break

11:15-12:15 – So what do we do now? With Gary and Stephanie we will look at system solutions, advocacy solutions, and the role of social workers in addressing homelessness/racial equity/poverty

Workshop details:

  • You will be sent a zoom link prior to the workshop
  • The workshop will begin at 8:45 am EST, please join in a few minutes early to ensure your technology is working
  • You will be emailed an evaluation form after the workshop. For those receiving CEUs, your certificate will be emailed to you upon receipt of your evaluation
  • All donations go to the the NH Coalition to End Homelessness.

About the presenters:

Gary Bailey, DHL, MSW, ACSW is the Assistant Dean for Community Engagement and Social Justice in the College of Social Sciences, Policy and Practice (CSSPP) at Simmons University. He and holds the rank of a Professor of Practice at Simmons University School of Social Work, and has a secondary appointment at the Simmons University School of Nursing and Health Sciences.

Professor Bailey has a Faculty Affiliate appointment at Harvard Medical Schools Center for Primary Care; is a Scholarly Stakeholder, LGBTQ Patient and Family Advisory Council. Brigham and Women’s Hospital; and is a consultant to Fenway Health’s Department of Behavioral Health.

In June 2010, he was elected President of the International Federation of Social Workers(IFSW). IFSW is based in Berne Switzerland. He is the first person of color to hold this post.

He is a past president of both the Massachusetts Chapter of NASW, and of NASW National-Washington DC. He was the Chairperson of the National Social Work Public Education Campaign. He was a member of the Council on Social Work Educations Commission on Global Social Work Education and sits on its Committee on Human Rights.

He serves on the executive committee of the North American and Caribbean Association of Schools of Social Works board representing the Council On Social Work Education.

In May 2009 he was selected as a Fulbright Specialist for the United States-Israel Educational Foundation (USIEF), where he gave a series of workshops and speeches throughout Israel as a part of the Funds outreach to African American leaders to visit Israel.

In 2017 he was appointed by Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker as a member of the Massachusetts LGBT-Q Youth Commission.

In 2009 Professor Bailey was appointed by Governor Deval Patrick to the serve on the board of the Massachusetts Educational Financing Authority (MEFA); he was reappointed in 2013 for a term ending in 2019. At MEFA he serves as the board vice- chair; chair’s the Audit Committee and is a member of the Executive Committee.

He was a member of the AIDS Action Committees (AAC), Inc. Advisory Council; and the AIDS Action Committees Program Committee.

Professor Bailey is Vice Chair of the Board of Women of the Dream, Inc. (WOD), based in Camden N.J. Women of the Dream, Inc. is a national nonprofit organization that enables socially and financially disadvantaged girls, ages 12-18, to achieve their fullest potential and lead purposeful, healthy lives with guidance and education. WOD’s lead partner is the Campbell Soup Company.

Professor Bailey is President of NASW- Assurance Services, Inc.(ASI) Headquartered in Frederick Md., NASW Assurance Services, Inc. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of NASW, responsible for designing, securing, and overseeing high quality, competitive insurance, financial, and other programs and services offered to social workers. He formerly served as the organizations treasurer.

He is a member of the board of For Our CommUnitieS,Inc. (FOCUS,Inc. ) whose purpose is to promote the development of affordable housing in Massachusetts.

He is President of the board of the Fenway High School- a 35-year-old Boston PILOT school located in Mission Hill; he is a member of the board of the Friends of Harriet Tubman Park, and the Friends of Titus Sparrow Park; he is a member of the board of the South End Library.

At Boston University School of Public Health Maternal and Child Health Center for Excellence(MCH-C.O.E) Professor Bailey serves as a mentor in the Diversity Scholars Leadership Program (DSLP), which supports emerging health professionals from under-represented minority communities who seek to be leaders in the movement to eliminate health and other inequities and the achievement of social justice. He also serves as a member of the MCH C.O.E Advisory Committee.

He is a member of Boston’s historic Union United Methodist Church, where he is the chair of the Church Council; and is a member of the Union United Methodist Church Leadership Team.

He was a member of the Leadership Council, Success by 6 campaign - United Way of Massachusetts Bay; and was the co –chair, Boston Children’s Hospital Community Advisory Board.

He is a past member of the Commissioner’s Professional Advisory Committee at the Massachusetts Department of Social Services (DSS, now DCF);; and he was a member of the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health Professional Advisory Committee for Child and Adolescent Services.

Stephanie Savard, LICSW, serves as the Director of the New Hampshire Coalition to End Homelessness, a non-profit that provides advocacy, research and training focused on homelessness in the state of New Hampshire. Stephanie brings over 25 years of experience in working with homelessness, trauma, and substance use disorders to raise awareness of homelessness across the state, disseminate research on best practices and solutions and empower all communities to advocate for an end to homelessness. In addition, Stephanie is the Chief External Relations Officer of Families in Transition, having worked with the organization most recently as the Chief Operating Officer and as an Interim Executive Leader.

Stephanie is a New Hampshire Licensed Clinical Social Worker and has a Master’s in Social Work from Boston University, and a Bachelor’s in Psychology and Associate’s in Chemical Dependency from Keene State College. She is appointed to the New Hampshire Governor’s Commission on Alcohol & Drugs, serves as its’ Treatment Taskforce Chair, and has also been appointed to the New Hampshire Council on Housing Stability and Co-Chairs the Council’s Housing Instability & Homelessness Systems Workgroup. She is a member of the National Association of Social Workers, and past Vice-President and current member of the New Hampshire Chapter. Stephanie was named a 40 Under 40 Leader of New Hampshire by the Union Leader and Business Industry Association in 2004, is a member of the Leadership New Hampshire 2021 Class and the Leadership Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce 2011 Class.


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