USJ’s Elijah Nealy, Ph.D., Featured in West Hartford Equality Exhibit

West Hartford Public Schools (WHPS) will present the exhibit, “We All Have a Story to Tell: Inspiring Equity Through Community Conversations,” on Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017, and Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017, from 6:30-8:30 p.m., at the West Hartford Town Hall.

The multimedia exhibit will showcase the stories of community members who work diligently to inspire equity in West Hartford. By utilizing the narrative strategy of storytelling, the project will capture the ways in which individuals and groups work to challenge social injustices and create positive social change.

Among the exhibit’s portraits, visitors will find the University of Saint Joseph’s Elijah Nealy, Ph.D., assistant professor of Social Work and Latino Community Practice. A dedicated social justice advocate, Dr. Nealy’s work with transgender and gender non-conforming youth – as well as his recent publication, “Transgender Children and Youth: Cultivating Pride and Joy with Families in Transition” – made him a perfect fit for the WHPS project.

“Working toward equity is a core value within social work,” remarked Dr. Nealy. “As a USJ Social Work professor grounded in Mercy values, I am committed to inspiring our students to work for equity and justice on behalf of all marginalized or oppressed communities.”

All are invited to join West Hartford Public Schools in their quest to remove negative assumptions and build empathy, kindness, and compassion to enhance the unity within the West Hartford community.

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