October 22, 2021
Location: John F. Scarpa Hall, Arthur Goldberg Commons – 299 N Spring Mill Rd, Villanova, PA 19085
Date: October 22, 2021
Time: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm ET
Villanova University’s inaugural Anti-Poverty Symposium “Caritas in Action: Root Causes, Solutions and Restoring Dignity” will bring together thought leaders and advocates to explore the cause and effect of poverty and inequality. Speakers include Julian Castro, Angela Davis and Anand Giridharadas. This interdisciplinary event is part of a University-wide initiative on poverty and inequality that has been made possible by a gift from Paul Tufano Esq., ’83 VSB, ’86 CWSL and Christine Tufano ’84 CLAS, ’86 MA. The program will focus on identifying the most promising approaches to eradicating poverty and eliminating disparities associated with race, disability and difference.
The Anti-Poverty Symposium is approved by the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board for 5 Substantive In-Person or Distance CLE credits.
We look forward to seeing everyone in person. If you must attend virtually, a link will be sent to registrants prior to October 22, 2021.
We look forward to seeing you!
10:00 am - 10:20 am | Welcome
The Rev. Peter M. Donohue, OSA, PhD, ’75 CLAS — University President, Villanova University
Stephanie Sena — Anti-Poverty Fellow, Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law & Founder, Student-Run Emergency Housing Unit of Philadelphia (SREHUP)
Paul Tufano, Esq., '83 VSB, '86 CWSL — Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, AmeriHealth Caritas Family of Companies
10:20 am - 11:00 am | Keynote
Julian Castro – 16th United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development
Moderated by Senator Nikil Saval, State Senator, First District of Pennsylvania
11:00 am - 12:00 pm | Panel 1 – Shifting the Poverty Lens: Caritas in Focus
Roxana Bendezú – Director of Communications, Pax Christi USA and Caravan of Central American Mothers in Search of Disappeared Migrants
Cassie Haynes, JD, MPH – Co-Executive Director at Resolve Philly
Arthur Purcaro, OSA – Assistant Vice President for Mission and Ministry, Co-Chair University Sustainability Leadership Council, adjunct professor of Theology, Villanova University
Alicia Robinson – Board Member for Student Run Emergency Housing Unit of Philadelphia
12:00 pm - 12:40 pm | Lunch/Talk
Angela Davis, PhD – political activist, philosopher, academic and author
Moderated by Anand Giridharadas, Author, Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World (Knopf, 2018), Editor-at-large, TIME & Visiting Scholar, Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute at New York University
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm | Panel 2 – Healthcare and Poverty
Brad Wilhelm, Esq. – General Counsel, University City Housing
Mark Doorley, PhD – Director of the Ethics Program, Villanova University
Ruth McDermott-Levy, PhD, MPH, RN, FAAN – Professor and Co-Director, Mid-Atlantic Center for Children's Health and the Environment
Dylan Toolajian, BSN, RN, OCN – Cooper University Health Care
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm | Panel 3 – The Role of Academia in Anti-Poverty Work
Ksenya Basarab – EMS Community Health Outreach Coordinator, Delaware County Memorial Hospital
Rev. Naomi Washington-Leapheart – Adjunct Professor of Theology and Religious Studies, Villanova University
Joan Maya Mazelis, PhD – Associate Professor of Sociology, Rutgers University-Camden
Linda Maldonado, PhD, RN – Assistant Professor, Villanova University
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm | Panel 4 – Decriminalizing Poverty
Alec Karakatsanis, Esq. – Founder and Executive Director, Civil Rights Corps.
Alex Vitale – Professor of Sociology, Brooklyn College
Teressa Ravenell, Esq. – Associate Dean for Faculty Research and Development, Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law
Amelia Carter – Assistant Director, South Asia Center at the University of Pennsylvania
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm | Closing Remarks
Anand Giridharadas – Author
Moderated by Scott Ferguson, 3-time Emmy Award winning Film & Television Producer known for Succession, The Night Of and Brokeback Mountain
Student moderators for the symposium are Antionna Fuller '22 and Luz Escobar Zapata '24 CLAS.