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Speakers
 
WELCOME/MODERATOR
 
RACHELLE KAMMER 

Rachelle Kammer, Clinical Associate Professor and Coordinator of Field Instruction, BASW Program at the Fordham University School of Social Service, received both her M.S.W. and Ph.D. from the Columbia University School of Social Work.  Her research interests have focused on the mental health and substance abuse treatment needs of women of color and their families.  Her post-masters agency based experience includes serving as a Child and Adolescent Therapist and as the Director of the C.O.P.E. (Community Outreach and Public Education) Campaign at the Mental Health Association of NYC.

Dr. Kammer coordinates the Lincoln Center National Center for Social Work Trauma Education and Workforce Development program where she recruits and trains students, and works to support trauma informed agency based services. In addition she teaches courses on Generalist Social Work Practice, Human Rights and Social Justice, and Substance Abuse Treatment at Fordham.  While on the faculty at Fordham she has created curriculum for the New York City Administration for Children’s Services (ACS), the NYC Department of Education (NYC DOE) and the HIV/AIDS Services Administration (HASA), and has provided multiple workshops and trainings for all three organizations.  She has proudly served as the Director of the Institute for Women and Girls at the Fordham Graduate School of Social Service since 2013.
 
Keynote

MARIA PIA BELLONI MIGNATTI 

Maria Pia Belloni Mignatti is
a Visiting Scholar at New York University in the Center for European and Mediterranean Studies.   She was a Professor  of European Union Law at The Faculty of Political Science, University of  Pavia, (Italy).  She also is a member  of the Global Women’s Initiative at Center for Global Affairs (New York University).

At the United Nations she is a representative for the World Organization for Early Childhood Education (OMEP),  and also on the executive committee of  UN NGO Committees on Migration, UN NGO Committee on Education, and the UN NGO Family Committee.

She has published a number of books and journal articles on different aspects of European Union integration,especially migration policy in regard to education. policy.  Her current research interests include the protection of the right to education in a migration context, refugee children’s rights’ protection and alternatives to administrative detention of migrant children.  Most recently Maria Pia is co-PI in a Za’atari Early Childhood Intervention Project developed  to educate and support Syrian children in the Za’atri refugee camp in Jordan.

Her most recent presentations include Refugee Children and the Right to Early Childhood Development, at the NGO Committee on the Status of Women, The Protection of Migrant Youth in Transit by Land and Sea, NGO Committee on Migration, and the Za’atari Intervention Project (ZIP) Kenya Intervention Project (KIP): Voices crying out in the desert (Vox clamantis in deserto), NAEYC Annual Conference in Washington D.C., and I Am a Migrant Child.  Where Is My Right to Education?, for  the 51st Commission for Social Development at the United Nations.

Maria Pia has a Master’s degree in Political Science, cum laude, University of Pavia (Italy) and a Diploma of Advanced European Studies, College of Europe, Bruges, Belgium.  She is fluent in English, French, and Italian.
 
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MEETA GANDHI 

Meeta Gandhi graduated from Bryn Mawr with her BA in Psychology and from Columbia University as an MSW, with a strong passion for women’s issues particularly in the field of social work and children and families. 

She is a social worker with over 20 years of experience in children’s mental health, and currently works as the Director of Children’s Services for VNSNY, community mental health division in the South Bronx.  Her work includes supporting schools and children with mechanisms to address both academic and emotional functioning.  She currently serves as a Board Member for a progressive independent elementary school in Brooklyn.  She is also a Board Member for Children’s Lovecastles Trust, an organization providing innovative methods of education to support India government schools in providing education to low income children.
 
STACEY RADIN 

For decades Dr. Stacey Radin has dedicated her career to the development of girls and women; professionally as a psychologist, a researcher, and leadership consultant, and personally, as a volunteer, speaker and board member of not for profit organizations. She values the gift of being female and embraces every aspect of being a powerful woman. As a young woman living on her own in poor communities and working any job to finance undergraduate and graduate school, she came across girls and women who never thought they had the capacity to change their lives and make a difference for themselves. Those girls and women never left Stacey’s heart or mind as she progressed through her career. As a graduate student in psychology, she was determined to influence girls and women to “step into” their own power and believe that they were strong and capable, no matter what obstacles stood in their way. At the time, she did not know how she would do it; she just knew she would.

As a psychologist, Stacey became passionate about working with adolescent girls. She found there was a misperception about this population; girls in this stage were viewed as difficult, oppositional, and hard to engage. What others categorized as oppositional, she saw as feisty, passionate and eager to experiment. Stacey recognized that these girls wanted to engage in relationships, not run from them. They simply needed someone to trust, to listen to their adolescence difficulties and to help them weather their storms. Working with this population taught Stacey so much about being a woman and the strong developmental continuum from girlhood to womanhood.

Stacey, Founder and President ofCorporate Equilibrium, is a leadership consultant and strategist specializing in the psychology of organizational effectiveness and leadership. She is also Founder and CEO of Unleashed, a not for profit organization empowering girls to take a stand against an injustice they care deeply about, advocating for animal rights and welfare. Over the course of twelve weeks, girls develop critical tools they can use throughout the course of their lives to solve complex social issues.  

Stacey’s passion is developing cutting-edge leadership programs that are designed to implement change, strengthen leaders’ ability to influence ethically, and create opportunities to experiment and think out of the box. Working with executives and business leaders at all levels, she is a recognized expert and “power stylist,” with more than ten years experience coaching and consulting with senior executives in Fortune 500 companies, especially women, helping them to define and experience power and influence in their lives and careers. She has been investing in the next generation of powerful female change-makers (serving over 300 girls in New York City) since fall 2010.

Stacey received her doctorate of psychology from Albert Einstein Medical Center and completed her postdoctoral training at Columbia University. She attended New York University, receiving a certificate in executive coaching.
 
REGINA SARABIA

Regina Sarabia is currently an MSW student at Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service.  She got involved with the Center for Global Education (CGE) through a Global Outreach (GO!) trip she participated in as an undergraduate at Fordham Lincoln Center.  GO! is an organization that focuses on community service and cultural immersion projects.  The project that she was involved with was GO! Nicaragua. The theme was women's rights and women's empowerment. 
 


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