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Racial makeup of welfare recipients explored in presentation

March 21, 2000

KALAMAZOO -- The racial backgrounds of children on welfare will be examined Wednesday, March 22, during this year's Whitney M. Young Jr. Scholars Award Program at Western Michigan University.

Dr. Bogart R. Leashore, professor and dean of the School of Social Work at Hunter College, will address "The Over-representation of African-American Children in Child Welfare" during his presentation at 7 p.m. in Room 3502 of Knauss Hall. The public is invited to attend.

Leashore is the author and editor of numerous books and publications including "The Challenge of Permanency Planning in a Multicultural Society," "Child Welfare: An Africentric Perspective" and "African-Americans Overview," which was published in The Encyclopedia of Social Work. He also has consulted and worked extensively in child welfare.

Leashore has received several large grants to design a child welfare training program in New York state and to study welfare and public policy issues pertaining to minorities and specifically at-risk African American males.

Prior to becoming a dean and professor at Hunter College in 1991, Leashore was associate dean and associate professor in the School of Social Work at Howard University in Washington, D.C., from 1985-91. He joined the faculty at Howard University as an assistant professor in 1979.

Leashore is a graduate of the University of Michigan, where he also worked as a teaching fellow and research assistant in the Department of Sociology and the School of Social Work from 1974-78. He also worked as a social worker in the Division of Child Welfare Services in the Department of Human Resources in Washington, D.C., and as a clinical social worker in Ypsilanti and at Howard University.

Leashore's presentation is sponsored by the WMU School of Social Work. For more information, call (616) 387-3171.

Media contact: Mark Schwerin, 616 387-8400, mark.schwerin@wmich.edu

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