Diversity Forum 2019

12th Annual Dean’s Diversity Forum

Race and the Future of America’s Elderly: What Happens to You After You’ve Built the Present

Friday, February 22, 2019

8:30 am – 1:00 pm

Widener University Commonwealth Law School
3737 Vartan Way, Administration Building A-180
Harrisburg, PA 17110



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Improving Access to Care Among Medicare Beneficiaries with Limited English Proficiency: Can Medicare do More?

Do Dignity and Equality Matter as Americans go Gray?

Working Together to Address the Challenges Faced by Aging Racial and Ethnic Minorities (pptx)

Race, Aging and Retirement Security (pptx)

Legal Solutions to Ending Racial Disparities Affecting Older Adults (pptx)

Integrating Catholic Social Thought in Elder Law and Estate Planning Courses: Reflections on Law, Age and Ethics (pdf)


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8:30     Welcome

Thomas F. Lovecchio
Internal Managing Editor, Widener Commonwealth’s Journal of Law, Economics & Race
Widener Law Commonwealth

Kimberly Creech
President, Black Law Students Association
Widener Law Commonwealth

8:45-9:55         Remarks

Honorable Robert Torres, Esq.
Secretary, Department of Aging
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

Dr. Alexis D. Bakos
Senior Advisor to the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Minority Health
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Moderator:  Christian A. Johnson, Esq.
Dean & Professor of Law
Widener Law Commonwealth

10:00-11:30     Panel I

Tracey Gronniger, Esq.
Directing Attorney
Justice in Aging

Maame Gyamfi, Esq.
Senior Attorney
AARP Foundation

Karyne Jones
President and CEO
National Caucus & Center on Black Aging

Moderator:  Mary Kate Kearney
Professor of Law
Widener Law Commonwealth


Mary Catherine Scott, Esq.
Interim Director, Central Pennsylvania Law Clinics
Widener Law Commonwealth
Pennsylvania Advisory Council on Elder Justice in the Courts

Panel II 12:00-1:00

Professor Lucia Ann Silecchia, Esq.
Professor of Law
Columbus Law School
Catholic University

John Scott, Esq.
Director, Retirement Savings
Pew Charitable Trust

Moderator:  Rhodia Thomas, Esq.
Executive Director
MidPenn Legal Services

1:00     Lunch (Sidebar Cafe)

Students will be available for directions immediately following the program.

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