Building a Better Community Lecture Series

The Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences is proud to announce its first lecture, focused on strengthening both our local community and USF as Leaders in Social Justice, by Building a Better Community:

Closing the Gateway to Crime:
A Closer Look at Truancy Reduction Programs

Building a Better Community Lecture Series participants

The Honorable Judge Heath stands with the Building a Better Community Lecture Series Committee (from left: Asst. Prof. Annette Meadows, Dr. Lance Richey, Dr. David Mullins, The Honorable Judge Heath, Asst. Prof. Lori Westropp, Asst. Prof. Heather Jeffries, Assoc. Prof. Rebecca Coleman, Angie Springer, and Dr. John Brinkman).

The Honorable Daniel G. Heath was the first lecturer of the Building a Better Community: Leaders in Social Justice Series.  Judge Heath serves on the Allen County Superior Court and oversees the Allen County Juvenile Detention Center.  Judge Heath has created anti-truancy programs to lower truancy rates, improve grades, and improve school participation.

Judge Heath’s lecture discussed best practices to implement three anti-truancy programs:

  • Check and Connect;
  • Bright Steps; and
  • Evening Reporting.

The lecture is available at USF’s Youtube page.