Children's Studies Center for Research, Policy and Public Service
A Visionary Agenda for Our Children
For Universal Children's Day on November 20, 2014 and in celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), the Children First Club is partnering with the Children's Studies Children and Youth Studies Program; the Children's Studies Center for Research, Policy and Public Service; and the Childrights Campaign to support U.S. Ratification of the CRC. The students are collecting signatures to ask President Barack Obama to send the CRC to the Senate for ratification. Learn more here.
Professor Gertrud Lenzer, the founding director of the Children's Studies Center for Research, Policy and Public Service, has involved the center in many important activities. Here are recent highlights:
- Professor Lenzer was acknowledged on page four of a 2014 recently released report titled, The State of Asian American Children, published by the Asian American Federation, for her contribution as a member of the advisory panel that helped shape the initial vision of the report.
- Professor Lenzer was commissioned to contribute to a forthcoming multidisciplinary, accessible handbook on global children's rights themes, informed by a critical approach. The volume, which will be published by Routledge in 2014–15, features distinguished scholars in the field of children's rights. The title of her submission is "Violence Against Children: A Human Rights Imperative."
- Professor Lenzer was invited to be a contributor to a two-volume work, The Cambridge Handbook of Sociology, published by Cambridge University Press, which will provide a contemporary survey of the field of sociology, covering the most prevalent topics in research and teaching. Her upcoming essay will be on "The Sociology of Children and Youth."
- Professor Lenzer was invited to present at the International Family Violence and Child Victimization Research Conference, held July 13–15, 2014, and sponsored by the Family Research Laboratory & Crimes Against Children Research Center in Portsmouth, N.H. Her presentation was titled, "To End Violence Against Children: A Human Rights Imperative in International Perspective."
- Professor Lenzer was appointed to the 16-member New York State Advisory Committee (SAC) of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, July 2013 – 2015. She was then elected vice chair of the committee, which assists in investigating and facilitating the transmission of reports, suggestions and recommendations from public and private organizations, and public officials to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights for action. She recently attended the meeting of the New York State Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights Briefing on Solitary Confinement of Juveniles held on July 10, 2014. News about the outcome of the meeting was published here.
- Professor Lenzer was appointed to the planning and steering committee of a symposium, Creating a Non-Violent Future: Children's Rights and Advances in Protection From Corporal Punishment. The event was cosponsored by the Children's Studies Center for Research, Policy and Public Service and others. It was held at Loyola University Chicago's Center for the Human Rights of Children on May 23–24, 2014. Lenzer delivered a keynote address, "Retrospect & Prospect of Children's Rights and Violence." She was also honored at a reception where she received a Lifetime Legacy Achievement Award.
- By invitation, Professor Lenzer attended an international conference, Child-Friendly Justice: What It Means and How It Is Realized, held May 16–18, 2014, for the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the adoption of the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child, Stockholm Centre for the Rights of the Child, University of Stockholm, Sweden.
- Professor Lenzer is a featured honoree on the front page and inside of the March/April 2014 issue of Education Update, "Women Shaping History 2014."
- VISIT OUR CONFERENCE WEBSITE: SOCIAL JUSTICE FOR CHILDREN: TO END CHILD ABUSE AND VIOLENCE AGAINST CHILDREN
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