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Summer 2022 Practitioner Insights Series

Updated: May 15, 2023

The Practitioner Insights series provides an opportunity for summer interns and all members of the SHECP community to hear from innovative and dynamic leaders doing anti-poverty work. The 2022 summer series will include four events featuring practitioners from across the country working to address a diverse set of poverty related issues. We will learn about these organizations’ current strategic plans for assisting newly arrived refugees, developing programming to bring together youth from different communities, alleviating current health care challenges, and fighting for justice within the realities of our court system.

June 27th at 7pm – Law & Business: Gerald “Bo” King – Fourth Circuit Capital Habeas Unit

Join Gerald “Bo” King, Federal Public Defender and Chief of the Fourth Circuit Capital Habeas Unit, as he discusses fighting for justice within the realities of our court system. Bo previously worked for the Equal Justice Initiative of Alabama and Atlanta Legal Aid Society and will talk about how he saw both poverty and place play a role in his work.

June 28th at 7pm – Education & Youth Outreach: Suki Tabor – City of Ithaca, NY Youth Bureau

Suki Tabor, Deputy Director of the City of Ithaca, NY Youth Bureau and head of Youth Development programming, will discuss the philosophy that underpins all of their programming – a combination of understanding each person’s unique history, skills, & needs, intentional group design & development, and research-based methods.

July 17th at 7pm – Community & Individual Services: Tressa Lacy – Undaunted Women

Join Tressa Lacy, Administrative Vice President of Undaunted Women, as she discusses current strategic plans for assisting newly arrived refugees. Undaunted Women is primarily focused on helping newly arrived refugees in the Seattle, WA area (

July 19th at 7pm – Health & Wellness: Camden Coalition 

Listen to Mary Pelak and Carter Wilson, both practitioners from the Camden Coalition, as they discuss strategies for alleviating current health care challenges. Mary is a Senior Program Manager for Housing First. Carter is the Associate Director for National Center for Complex Health and Social Needs. The Camden Coalition is a multidisciplinary, community-based nonprofit working to improve care for people with complex health and social needs in the city of Camden, New Jersey, and across the country (


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