10/03/2013 - 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Lunch will be served. Please RSVP at: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/VJCXD2P
Can Los Angeles Really End Homelessness?
A micro-to-macro look at one of LA’s most challenging problems
Vision of the Series: This series is meant to focus on interdisciplinary challenges and solutions to homelessness in Los Angeles. The audience will be primarily composed of students and faculty from the school’s three departments- Social Welfare, Public Policy, and Urban Planning. We hope that this series can educate and challenge the thinking of attendees on the complexity of homelessness in our city.
First Event: Perspectives on Quality Care
This discussion is intended to be more micro-focused, examining specific program interventions and offering on-the-ground perspectives. Panelists serve a variety of clients both geographically and demographically and we hope to explore how “best practices” might vary across different populations.
Tessa Madden, Development Coordinator, PATH (People Assisting the Homeless)
Deborah Seif, Resident Services Program Manager, Skid Row Housing Trust
Va Lecia Adams Kellum, Executive Director, St. Joseph Center
Organizational & Individual Biographies:
Tessa Madden, Development Coordinator, PATH (People Assisting the Homeless)
PATH is a family of agencies working together to end homelessness for individuals, families, and communities throughout Southern California. We strive to do this by prioritizing housing while providing customized supportive services for people in need. Our agencies each address homelessness in a different way- supportive services, permanent housing development, support for homeless families, and community engagement- all of which ultimately help the people we serve make it home.
Tessa will be speaking about PATH’s program model/philosophy, how it has evolved over time, and evidence-based practices. She will focus on PATH’s programs, intervention strategies, street outreach, and involvement with the homeless count.
Tessa Madden, Development Associate, PATH, helps coordinate development initiatives for PATH's family of six agencies throughout Southern California. She manages the organization’s events-based fundraising, volunteer, intern recruitment, in-kind donation, and Young Professionals programs. She also provides critical development support in the areas of corporate and community engagement, grant writing, event planning, donor cultivation, Board relations, communications, and various other aspects of organizational fundraising. Originally from Wichita, KS, Tessa moved to Los Angeles to attend the University of Southern California, where she attained both her B.A. and Master of Public Administration.
Deborah Seif, Resident Services Program Manager at Skid Row Housing Trust
Skid Row Housing Trust’s philosophy is simple: Homes. Support. Success. The Trust develops, manages and operates Permanent Supportive Housing for formerly homeless individuals in the Los Angeles area. The Trust’s Permanent Supportive Housing also provides a complete range of support services necessary to move beyond poverty, illness and addiction.
Deborah Seif is a Resident Services Program Manager at Skid Row Housing Trust,where she oversees day-to-day operations of on-site resident service programs for Permanent Supportive Housing. She moved to the West Coast two years ago and worked as a Housing Specialist at the CLARE Foundation. She joined Skid Row Housing Trust in April of 2013. Deborah has over 15 years’ experience in the non-profit field, working in issues of homelessness, HIV/AIDS, child advocacy, recidivism, and substance abuse. She earned her BA in Communications and Theater from Temple University in Philadelphia.
Va Lecia Adams Kellum, Executive Director at St. Joseph Center
For well over three decades, St. Joseph Center has been a beacon of hope in the community. Our mission is to provide working poor families, as well as homeless men, women, and children of all ages with the inner resources and tools to become productive, stable and self-supporting members of the community. Respect for the dignity of each person is the cornerstone of St. Joseph Center’s approach. Staff and volunteers make every effort to provide a welcoming, safe place where all people are treated with compassion and dignity. The words we use to embody our philosophy and approach are: Accountability, Respect, Integrity, Social Justice, and Empowerment.
Executive Director Va Lecia Adams Kellum has extensive experience in counseling as well as non-profit program design and management. Before joining St. Joseph Center, Va Lecia spent six years as Director of Transitional Living for United Friends of the Children. While there she helped create and oversee Pathways, an 18-month transitional housing program that assists former foster youth with housing, college readiness, career development, financial assistance, mentoring, and individual counseling. While working on her Ph.D., Va Lecia served as Executive Director of The Stanford Medical Youth Science Program (SMYSP), housed in the Stanford University School of Medicine. SMYSP reaches out to low-income youth who are interested in becoming physicians. Va Lecia has also held the position of Vice President of Counseling Services for College Bound, a Cerritos-based non-profit organization that provides college counseling and guidance to minority youth. Va Lecia graduated with a B.A. from the University of Southern California and earned an M.A. from Ball State University before completing her Ph.D. at Stanford University.
10/03/2013 - 5:00pm - 6:30pm
As the premier leadership training program of the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affair, the mission of the Senior Fellows Leadership Program is to engage prominent leaders as role models for graduate students from Public Policy, Social Welfare and Urban Planning. Students who are selected to participate in the Senior Fellows Leadership Program are accepted into the Luskin Leadership initiative and will be assigned to a Senior Fellow as a mentor. Throughout their academic program, UCLA Luskin students are prepared to accept leadership roles and effect change as practitioners, researchers, and policymakers in the public, private, and non-governmental sectors. Senior Fellows enhance students’ leadership and professional development skills by engaging them in a mentor relationship with policy makers, business professionals, nonprofit executives, and community leaders.
To be assigned to a Senior Fellow, you must participate in the Luskin Leadership Initiative.
Program Goals for UCLA Luskin Graduate Students
1. Provide a practical component of their academic experience by exposing them to premier leaders in the field
2. Provide opportunities to engage with community leaders for the purpose of professional development, networking, and personal growth
3. Strengthen ties between Senior Fellows and UCLA Luskin to broaden the School’s ability to bring timely, informative events to the University and greater community
4. Provide opportunities for internships, job market advice, and career exploration in order to accelerate students’ career trajectory
5. Connect the world of political and policy action to education for public interest
Leadership Program: Application Deadline: October 15th
Your graduate student advisor will give you access to CCLE site to apply. Provide the following with your resume:
1. Last name, First; Address; City, State, ZIP Code; Preferred phone number; Preferred email address
2. Department and area of concentration/focus
3. A biographic profile (about 300 words), written in third person.
4. One or two paragraphs on your leadership skills and current leadership roles.
5. First, second and third choice with two to three paragraphs explaining why this person.
Senior Fellows Breakfast
Thursday, October 24, 8-10 a.m., UCLA Faculty Center, Main Dining Hall
Senior Fellows Mid-Year Reception
Thursday, February 6, 6-8p.m., UCLA Faculty Center, California Dining Room
VC Powe, Executive Director, External Programs
3250A Public Policy Building, 310-206-4776 or firstname.lastname@example.org
10/03/2013 - 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Global Public Affairs @ UCLA Luskin Associate Director Steve Commins will host a meet-and-greet between Faculty Cluster Leaders and Luskin students. This is an opportunity for globally-minded faculty and students to get to know each other, talk about the Global program's coursework, and exchange ideas about cutting-edge global research. Dinner and refreshments will be provided.