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March 19, 2020 | 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Category: Lecture
Location: Law School Partrich Auditorium | Map
471 W. Palmer
Detroit, MI 48202
Cost: 0
Audience: Academic Staff, Alumni, Community, Current Graduate Students, Current Undergraduate Students, Faculty, Parents, Prospective Students, Staff

In light of the CDC’s recommendation for social distancing, this event has postponed until Fall 2020.

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The Wayne State University School of Social Work and Office of Continuing Education and Professional Development are proud to host David J. Pate Jr., PhD as the keynote speaker of the 14th Annual Diversity Lecture entitled Do Black Men deserve the American dream? The Impact of Gendered Deservingness on economic security for marginalized families."

An expert on low-income African-American men, fatherhood, and child support, Pate studies how black men are affected by the social welfare system and the challenges that impede their ability to attain economic security. His research projects involve the use of qualitative research methods to examine life course events of African-American men and boys.

Pate is the Chair and Associate Professor of the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee Helen Bader School of Social Work. Pate is also an Affiliated Associate Professor in the following UW - Madison departments:  the Institute for Research on Poverty, the Institute for Child and Family Well-Being, the Department of African and African Diaspora Studie and the University Honors College.

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For more information about this event, please contact Katie Alfonsi at 313-577-9348 or