News release from the Notre Dame Alumni Club of Fort Wayne and Catholic Charities:
Lecture and panel discussing research and programs aimed at helping those in need
(November 17, 2015) – On Wednesday, December 2nd, the Notre Dame Club of Fort Wayne and Catholic Charities of Fort Wayne-South Bend, in conjunction with the Alumni Association of the University of Notre Dame, will host a lecture followed by a panel discussion focused on current research and programs aimed at helping those in need. The event will include a scholar from the University of Notre Dame and two panelists from the Fort Wayne community. Attendees will have an opportunity to interact with panel members during a Q&A session. Panelists include:
- William N. Evans, Ph.D. – Professor Evans received his Ph.D. in economics in 1987 from DukeÂ University. He was a faculty member at the University of Maryland for 20 years before joining NotreÂ Dame as the Keough-Hesburgh Professor of Economics. His research covers a broad range of areas,Â including health economics as well as labor economics, public finance and the economics ofÂ education. Professor Evans is a co-founder of the Wilson Sheehan Lab for Economic OpportunitiesÂ (LEO), a unique research center that partners with local agencies such as Catholic Charities in anÂ attempt to provide evidence-based poverty solutions.
- Gloria Whitcraft – Gloria Whitcraft is the Chief Executive Office for Catholic Charities Diocese ofÂ Fort Wayne- South Bend, Inc. She possesses a bachelor’s degree in psychology, a master’s of scienceÂ in education with a counseling concentration, and is licensed in the state of Indiana as marriageÂ and family therapist. Ms. Whitcraft has worked in social services for twenty years. She previouslyÂ worked at Lutheran Social Services of IN, Park Center, Inc., Choices, Inc. and Liberty BehavioralÂ Health.
- Nyein Chan – Nyein Chan’s experiences as a displaced person and Ã©migrÃ© have made him aÂ knowledgeable, social worker in Catholic Charities’ refugee resettlement efforts. Chan, a formerÂ refugee from Burma, came to the U.S. in 1994. He was sponsored by Catholic Charities of Fort WayneÂ and started working as a case manager in 2000. He was named resettlement director in 2004. He hasÂ an undergraduate in Organizational Leadership and is completing his graduate studies.
The Lab for Economic Opportunities at Notre Dame has current research initiatives in women’s and children’s nutrition, homelessness prevention, job readiness, youth engagement and poverty alleviation. Catholic Charities of Fort Wayne has programs for adoption and pregnancy services, poverty relief, food support, refugee resettlement, immigration and aging. This event will be a great opportunity to learn about leading research programs focused on finding solutions to these challenges and the work that goes on locally to help our neighbors in need.
We look forward to having you join us! The event is free and open to the public. If possible, please RSVP by emailing Jacob Benedict at firstname.lastname@example.org. Our goal is to make the event as interactive as possible. We encourage you to submit any questions or discussion items that you would like to present to the panelists beforehand with your RSVP.
- What: Lecture and panel discussing research and programs aimed at helping those in need
- When: Wednesday, December 2nd at 6:00 PM
- Where: Allen County Main Library (Downtown Fort Wayne), Meeting Rooms B & C