Lecture and panel discussing research and programs aimed at helping those in need


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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 Duke University. He was a faculty member at the University of Maryland for 20 years before joining Notre Dame as the Keough-Hesburgh Professor of Economics. His research covers a broad range of areas, including health economics as well as labor economics, public finance and the economics of education. Professor Evans is a co-founder of the Wilson Sheehan Lab for Economic Opportunities (LEO), a unique research center that partners with local agencies such as Catholic Charities in an attempt to provide evidence-based poverty solutions.
  • Gloria Whitcraft – Gloria Whitcraft is the Chief Executive Office for Catholic Charities Diocese of Fort Wayne- South Bend, Inc. She possesses a bachelor’s degree in psychology, a master’s of science in education with a counseling concentration, and is licensed in the state of Indiana as marriage and family therapist. Ms. Whitcraft has worked in social services for twenty years. She previously worked at Lutheran Social Services of IN, Park Center, Inc., Choices, Inc. and Liberty Behavioral Health.
  • Nyein Chan – Nyein Chan’s experiences as a displaced person and émigré have made him a knowledgeable, social worker in Catholic Charities’ refugee resettlement efforts. Chan, a former refugee from Burma, came to the U.S. in 1994. He was sponsored by Catholic Charities of Fort Wayne and started working as a case manager in 2000. He was named resettlement director in 2004. He has 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 jacob@amiinvestment.com. 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


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