University To Host Panel On Dealing With Addictions

DARTMOUTH, MASSACHUSETTS - The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth announced today that it is hosting a special panel presentation focused on how communities can more effectively deal with addictions. UMass Dartmouth Chancellor Jean F. MacCormack will moderate this community forum on the afternoon of Wednesday, February 11th from 3 to 5 PM in the Library Browsing Area located on the main campus in Dartmouth. Admission is free and parking is available in lot 13.

DARTMOUTH, MASSACHUSETTS - The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth announced today that it is hosting a special panel presentation focused on how communities can more effectively deal with addictions. UMass Dartmouth Chancellor Jean F. MacCormack will moderate this community forum on the afternoon of Wednesday, February 11th from 3 to 5 PM in the Library Browsing Area located on the main campus in Dartmouth. Admission is free and parking is available in lot 13. 

The panel will discuss the question of “How Should The Community Deal With Addiction?" and focus the discussion of this important community question on the regional level. The event is sponsored by the UMD Alcohol and Drug Education Program and is open to the public. Informational tables will be available for panel presenters to display information regarding their respective positions. 

“As you well know, the issue of addiction is one that we all struggle with as a community, not only here at UMD but throughout the SouthCoast and nationally,” said Chancellor MacCormack. “Providing our students and area citizens with the skills to deal more effectively with addictions needs to be a top priority. This special community forum allows UMass Dartmouth to facilitate a dynamic exchange of ideas about the best ways of dealing with addictions.” 

The panel will feature remarks by UMass Dartmouth professor Dr. Robert Waxler, who is the author of Losing Jonathan, a recently published book about dealing with the loss of his son to drug addiction. Dr. Waxler’s book has heightened interest in the question of addiction on the UMD campus. 

Other panelists include Judge Bettina Borders, the Associate Justice of the Juvenile Court in New Bedford, Dr. Warren Berube, CEO of Health and Human Services in New Bedford, Ms. Laurie Davidson, the Associate Director of the Higher Education Center for Alcohol and Other Drug Prevention, Mr. Jack Cole, the Executive Director of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition and Mr. Joseph Gouveia, a UMD alumnus, poet, journalist and political activist. Mr. Gouveia is also a recovering addict and he uses poetry and the arts as a way of raising awareness about political and social concerns such as addiction. 

Each panelist initially will present their ideas and then discuss the different approaches to dealing with addictions. Following the panel presentations, Chancellor MacCormack will facilitate a question and answer session to engage the audience in the discussion. A casual reception with refreshments is planned immediately after the group discussion. 

“Anyone interested in obtaining additional information regarding the panel or panelists should contact Laurajane Fitzsimons, the Coordinator of the UMD Alcohol and Drug Education Counseling Center,” added MacCormack. 


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