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Jacques Laval Endowed Chair in Justice for Vulnerable Populations


Sister Rosemary Donley, S.C., Ph.D.

Rosemary Donley“I look at the Laval Chair as a good opportunity for me but also a golden opportunity for the School of Nursing’s faculty and students. I’m very excited about what we can do.”

The Laval Chair is endowed through a bequest from the estate of the late Thomas F. Bogovich, B’53, a retired Penn Hills funeral director. It is named for a 17th-century Spiritan priest and physician who dedicated himself to caring for freed slaves on island of Mauritius.

The Laval Chair spearheads the nursing school’s community service efforts to provide health care services to vulnerable populations, including the very young or very old, and those whose access to health care is limited or for any reason does not meet their needs. The chair holder also teaches and conducts research related to health care access and quality for underserved persons and communities, develops community partnerships, and organizes academic colloquia and an annual lecture series on social justice issues in health care.