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The Sixth Annual Rita M. McGinley Symposium

"Exploring Social Justice for Vulnerable Populations:
The Face of the Person Who Has Experienced Violence "

October 22-23, 2015

Duquesne University
The Power Center
Pittsburgh, PA


About the Symposium

The Rita M. McGinley Symposium is a unique scholarly forum for nurses and other health care professionals to address issues of social justice in health care. Organized annually by the holder of the Jacques Laval Chair for Justice for Vulnerable Populations at the Duquesne University School of Nursing, the McGinley Symposium is an expression of the mission of the Congregation of the Holy Spirit, the Catholic missionary order, that founded Duquesne and assists needy and marginalized persons throughout the world.

The theme of the sixth annual Rita M. McGinley Symposium is the experience of violence. Violence affects the mind, body and spirit. Tragically many acts of violence are not random events; they occur within close relationships across age, gender, race, class and economic structures. The 2015 McGinley Symposium will focus on the determinants of violence seeking to prevent and ameliorate the impact of violence on persons and communities.

Abstract Submission Guidelines

This call for proposals invites papers and posters which:

  • Explore the social justice tradition and its application to the health and wellbeing
    of the person who has experienced violence.
  • Present findings of research projects aimed at understanding the health care status
    of the person who has experienced violence.
  • Discuss clinical and/or programmatic initiatives to foster health care equity for the
    person who has experienced violence.
  • Discuss philosophical and/or theoretical issues related to the health and human
    consequences of experiencing violence.

General Information

    • All abstracts must be accompanied by a completed Presentation Information Form and e-mailed to Kellie Collier (collier1@duq.edu) no later than 5 p.m., Friday, March 27, 2015.
    • The lead author/presenter will be notified of the decision of the Review Committee by Friday, April 24, 2015, and must confirm participation in the Symposium by Thursday, May 7, 2015.
    • All abstracts will be blinded for peer review. Each research abstract submission will be classified as either "completed research" or "ongoing research." Abstracts representing completed research will be reviewed for paper or poster presentation. Abstracts representing ongoing research will be reviewed for poster presentation only.
    • All presenters' names and the titles of their abstracts will be included in the Conference program booklet and website.
    • All presenters are required to be paid registrants of the conference.
    • Continuing Education credits will be available from the Pennsylvania Nurses Association and the Pennsylvania chapter of the National Association of Social Workers. The awarding of continuing education units by the Pennsylvania Medical Association is pending.
    • For questions and further information, contact Sr. Rosemary Donley, donleyr@duq.edu
      or Kellie Collier collier1@duq.edu 412.396.5203

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