The First Rita M. McGinley Symposium - 2010

Face of the Elderly graphicThe first annual symposium focused on health and wellness promotion and community-based care, with special attention to elderly and other vulnerable populations.

  • Exploring the social justice tradition and its application of health and well-being to the elderly.
  • Sharing research which seeks to understand and improve just care of the elderly population.
  • Discussing clinical and/or programmatic initiatives to foster social justice for the elderly.

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.

Photo of Sister Rosemary Donley at the podium

Related Articles:
"Ten Building Blocks of Catholic Social Teaching" by William J. Byron, S.J., Ph.D
(Keynote speaker on September 23, 2010)

"The Catholic Church's Best Kept Secret: Its Social Justice Teaching" by the Reverend David L. Smith, C.S.Sp.

Nursing, Social Justice and the Face of the Elderly by Sr. Rosemary Donley, S.C., Ph.D., APRN-BC, FAAN

Information about the Duquesne University Mission and Identity

Photos from the Symposium

Photo of Fr. Byron, Sister Donley and Eileen Sullivan-Marx

Fr. William Byron, Sr. Rosemary Donley and Eileen Sullivan-Marx


Photo of Dr. Brescia and students

Dr. Michael Brescia speaks with students.


Photo of Poster session

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Photo of panel discussion

Sr. Ligiouri Rossner, Executive Director and Founder of the Jubilee Kitchen and Joyce Rothermel, CEO and Co-founder of the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank during a panel discussion.


Photo of Dr. Resick, Dr. Zungolo, Dr. Sullivan-Marx

Dr. Lenore Resick and Dr. Eileen Zungolo of Duquesne University School of Nursing and Dr. Eileen Sullivan-Marx, keynote speaker.