Center on Race and Social Problems

2009 Summer Institutes

The Center sponsored four summer institutes focused on African American parental involvement in education, child welfare, food insecurity and racial diversity in corporate America in the summer of 2009.  The institutes examined explanations, consequences, model programs, and new policy and program options. These institutes were generously funded by The Pittsburgh Foundation.

May 21  African American Parental Involvement in Public Education


  • Mark Conner, Director of Family and Community Engagement, Pittsburgh Public Schools
  • Pam Little-Poole, Director of Parent Education, Beginning with Books
  • Deb Tucker, Vice President of Programs and Services, Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh

July 10  Aging Out of the Child Welfare System: Experiences, Outcomes,and Interventions for Youth of Color 


  • JoAnn Hannah, Transition Programs Manager, Allegheny County Department of Human Services
  • Deileta M. Buckner, Intern, Allegheny County Department of Human Services
  • Dexter F., Intern, allegheny county Department of Human Services
  • Ashley Hartman, Youth Support Partner, Allegheny County Department of Human Services
  • Stacy Johnson, Youth Support Specialist, Allegheny County Department of Human Services
  • John P. Ray, Youth Support Partner, Allegheny Coutny Department of Human Services
  • LaToya Steadman, Intern, Allegheny County Department of Human Services

July 21  Race, Hunger, and Food Insecurity


  • James Guffey, Executive Director, South Hills Interfaith Ministries
  • Marla McCreary, Former Recipient, St. James Foodbank
  • Fay Morgan, MEd, Executive Director, North Hills Community Outreach
  • Richard Morris, Director, Resident Self-Sufficiency Program, Pittsburgh Housing Authority

August 5  Racial Diversity Management in Corporate America