Cheyney University MPA Program Presents "United For Change: Collaborative Solutions to Reduce Gun Violence: A Forum"

March 8, 2013

The Cheyney University Masters of Public Administration Program presents United For Change: Collaborative Solutions to Reduce Gun Violence: A Forum on Wednesday, March 27, 2013 at 5:30 pm in the Caucus Room of Philadelphia City Hall.  In a panel discussion the participants will discuss strategies to overcome violence. The public is invited to the free program which will be moderated by Dr. Harvey L. White, distinguished public service professional and author, President of the National Conference of Minority Public Administrators (COMPA), President of the American Society for Public Administration, National Academy of Public Administration Fellow and editor of The Journal of Public Management and Social Policy.

According to forum organizer, Gedeon M. Mudacumura, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Public Administration, Department of Social & Behavioral Sciences at Cheyney University of Pennsylvania, “Our neighborhoods, our populations and our cities are vulnerable daily to violent thoughts and behavior. Violence is not simply an issue of adequate gun laws, but a matter of culture, conflict and anger in communities. This discussion will address how private organizations, public agencies and individuals can collaborate to address violence. We invite the community to participate in this discussion and share your strategies as valued members of Philadelphia.”

Panelists include Philadelphia Councilman Curtis Jones, Jr. 4th District Majority Leader, Ms. Cathy M. Weiss, Executive Director, Stoneleigh Foundation, a philanthropic organization which aims to improve life outcomes of disadvantaged and vulnerable youth, Mr. Jeffrey Brown, President and CEO of Brown’s Super Stores and Chairman of UpLift Solutions, a non-profit aiming to create sustainable environments in underserved communities, and Mr. Shondell Revell, Executive Director of the Youth Violence Reduction Partnership (YVRP), City of Philadelphia, Office of the Managing Director. YVRP is a program which provides assistance to susceptible youth in high crime neighborhoods.
Dr. Harvey L. White is an experienced administrator and has served as a city manager, community development specialist, director of urban and regional planning, coordinator of public administration degrees and as an academic dean. He is a management consultant on public sector service delivery issues. He has consulted, lecture and led research projects in Africa, Asia and Caribbean countries. He has expertise in program evaluation, performance management and talent management. Dr. White has authored five books and more than 60 articles on public sector issues.