Gov. Malloy to speak at Center for Urban Policy and Action Symposium

News Story: April 1, 2012

Inaugural Event to Address "A Call to Action: Keeping The Promise To Connecticut's Children"

Sacred Heart University will host a symposium, sponsored by the Center for Urban Policy and Action, on Friday, April 20, 2012. The theme of the symposium is “A Call to Action: Keeping The Promise To Connecticut’s Children.”

The Center for Urban Policy and Action is working to improve the lives of children and families in urban areas throughout Connecticut. Housed at Sacred Heart, the Center was established to provide a mechanism for systematic study and analysis of education, public health, social services and economic policy issues that face urban communities and to develop practical, creative solutions to these issues.

Governor Dannel P. Malloy will be a featured speaker at the symposium and will join Sacred Heart University President John J. Petillo Ph.D., in officially opening the Center. In addition, Commissioner of the Department of Social Services Roderick Bremby will speak, and commissioners of other state agencies have been invited to participate.

School superintendents, members of the state and local Boards of Education, state and local elected officials, university deans and professors, representatives from community agencies and non-profit organizations and teachers and principals of K-12 schools have all been invited to attend the symposium.

Within the University, the Center for Urban Policy and Action serves as a home to support interdisciplinary research on urban issues and foster new programs that will produce educators, economists, sociologists, social workers, health professionals and others trained in urban policy. The organization collects, annotates and serves as a clearinghouse for reports, surveys and studies, as well as conducting forums, seminars and conferences. The Center will also develop video documentaries to highlight urban issues and call attention to creative approaches in solving them.

“It is our hope that the participants will leave the symposium with the realization that closing the education achievement gap and addressing many of the other issues facing the State of Connecticut will require a coordinated, interdisciplinary approach and that by working together, it is possible to improve the lives of Connecticut’s children and families,” said Edward D. Hendricks, Ph.D., director of The Center for Urban Policy and Action.