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The Seventh Annual McGinley-Rice Symposium

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"Exploring Social Justice for Vulnerable Populations:
The Face of the Person with a Disability"

October 27-28, 2016

This year, the seventh annual symposium looks at disability through the eyes of the person with a disability. Clinicians, researchers and educators will participate in lectures, panel discussions, dialogue sessions and networking, specifically relating to:

  • Examining multiple facets of disability through the eyes of the person with a disability;
  • Discussing how physical, mental and emotional disabilities cross all age, race, gender, religious and socio-economic boundaries;
  • Identifying and considering a variety of approaches for better serving and empowering this growing population.


Donations Needed

The McGinley-Rice Symposium: The Face of the Person with a Disability is accepting donations to benefit The Community Living and Support Services (CLASS) program. Items needed:

  • Stretched canvas (any size)
  • White paint (any kind)
  • Watercolor paper
  • Blue painter's tape
  • Beads with 6 mm holes
  • Elastic beading cord

Please bring your items to the symposium.

Program Agenda

View the agenda. NOTE: This agenda is tentative and subject to change.

Keynote Speakers

William H. Christy, CSSp
Assistant Director, Spiritan Campus Ministry
Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA

Rory A. Cooper, PhD
Human Engineering Research Laboratories
University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA

Catherine Gaines Ling, PhD, FNP-BC, FAANP
Associate Professor & Family Nurse Practitioner Concentration Director
University of South Florida, Boca Raton, FL

Suzanne C. Smeltzer, RN, EdD, ANEF, FAAN
Professor and Director, Center for Nursing Research
Villanova University College of Nursing, Villanova, PA

Plenary Panels

"Training, Research, and Family Perspectives to Address Issues of Social Justice in Health Care"

Robert Noll, Ph.D.
Leadership in Education for Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND)
University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA

Cheryl Messick, Ph.D.
Leadership in Education for Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND)
University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA

Mary Bryant
Parent Advocate

"Experiencing Disability"

The Language of Disability
Erik Garrett, PhD
Associate Professor, Communication & Rhetorical Studies
Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA

Growing Toward Independence
Rudley Mrvos
Principal and Supervisor of Occupational and Physical Therapists
Pittsburgh Conroy, Pittsburgh PA

Hotel Information

A room block is available at Cambria Hotel and Suites at a rate of $121 per night for the nights of October 26th and 27th. Cambria is walking distance to the Power Center, where the symposium is being held. They also offer a first come first serve complimentary shuttle service.

Cambria Hotel and Suites
1320 Centre Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Reservations can be made by calling Cambria Reservations at: 1-877-305-7123

Reservations must be made by October 5th, 2016. Please be sure to ask for the group rate by name - Duquesne University School of Nursing Symposium.

About the Symposium

The McGinley-Rice Symposium on Justice for Vulnerable Populations 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 Endowed Chair in Justice for Vulnerable Populations at the Duquesne University School of Nursing, the McGinley-Rice 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.

Continuing Education Credits

10.5 Continuing Education Credits will be awarded for nurses and other health professionals. Partial credits can be awarded: 6.5 credits for attending Thursday and 4 credits for attending Friday.

Duquesne University School of Nursing is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the PA State Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.