Fielding Graduate University is proud to host Brockton D. Hunter, a nationally recognized expert on Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) impacts on combat veterans, as he presents “Echoes of War: The Combat Veteran in the Criminal Justice System” on Thursday, November 15th from 5:00pm-6:30pm at the Santa Barbara Jury Assembly Room in Santa Barbara, 1108 Santa Barbara Street. The public is invited to attend this free presentation, made possible by an Emerging Needs Grant from the Fund for Santa Barbara and the Santa Barbara County Superior Court.
Mr. Hunter is an attorney and former Army Scout who is recognized throughout the United States for his work on behalf of veterans in criminal courts. He drafted Minnesota’s landmark Veterans Sentencing legislation and has consulted for the Obama Presidential Transition Team, the Department of Defense, and the Department of Veterans Affairs.
PTSD is recognized as a common side-effect of war: 20% of the 2.6 million Americans returning home from service in Afghanistan and Iraq are expected to suffer from its effects. Mr. Hunter will discuss the history of PTSD including ties to criminal behavior and lessons to be learned by those involved in the administration of criminal justice. He will also examine how criminal charges serve as an opportunity to identify and assist troubled veterans, enabling them to return to their communities as assets instead of liabilities.
Veterans Treatment Courts are gaining national recognition as a tool to help identify and treat PTSD in combat veterans. A local effort, led by the Honorable George Eskin, with support from Fielding Graduate University’s Institute for Social Innovation and other community stakeholders, is working to develop and implement the best approach to supporting Santa Barbara County veterans while protecting public safety.
The Institute for Social Innovation partnered with the Santa Barbara County Superior Court, Santa Barbara Women Lawyers, Santa Barbara County Bar Association, and the Common Ground Santa Barbara Homeless Advocacy Project to sponsor this event. 1.5 hours of MCLE Substance Abuse credit are available to attendees. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for information on MCLE credit.
For more details about the event, please contact:
James Kyriaco Jr, MPA, Project Manager, Institute for Social Innovation
Phone: (805) 898-2906
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The gap between rich and poor is greater than ever before in our lifetimes, and we need to stand up for those who are trying to improve their circumstances and provide for their families. As a graduate institution serving a community of scholars and practitioners who are devoted to learning and social change, we stand in support of movements like Occupy Wall Street, which attempt to create dialogue and collective engagement of our citizens at such critical social moments.
Students at institutions of higher education are being forced to pay more for tuition and go deeper into debt because of cuts in state funding and federal aid programs. The Social/Ecological Justice and Diversity Commission of the Academic Senate at Fielding Graduate University applauds the goals of the Occupy Wall Street movement, which continues to highlight the inequity and unfairness of the society in which we live. We strongly support the movement and wish it every success. We are in this together and support activities that foster continuing dialogue around these important social issues and strengthen our democratic engagement.News Archive
David Edelman has been selected as vice president for Advancement and Development at Fielding Graduate University it was announced by President Richard S. Meyers, PhD. A long-time Santa Barbara resident with a career that included both the business and nonprofit sectors, Edelman will join Fielding’s senior management team to lead the university’s activities in development, alumni relations, corporate and foundation affiliations, community outreach, and external relations.
Edelman worked for 14 years at Cox Communications where he was known as a dynamic and innovative business leader and was responsible for significant growth and successful strategic planning for the company. He was the public spokesperson for Cox and produced and hosted the award-winning “Community Connection” television program that spotlighted local nonprofit organizations. Prior to his positions at Cox, Edelman was executive director at Klein Bottle Youth Programs, a nonprofit organization that served children, youth, and families, where he raised and managed an annual budget of over $4,000,000.
Edelman has an MBA from California Coast University, an MA from California State Northridge, and a BS from SUNY, New York. He is an active supporter of numerous nonprofits as a volunteer and board member. While VP of the board of the Boys and Girls Club of Santa Barbara, he led their fundraising program through the annual dinner and charity auction. Edelman serves on the boards of Santa Barbara International Film Festival and the Nonprofit Support Center and volunteers for United Way, the Arthritis Foundation, the American Heart Association, and La Casa de Maria.
In announcing Edelman’s appointment, Meyers said “David has had an impressive career in business and contributed so much to Santa Barbara’s community nonprofits. We are delighted he is joining our organization, where he will apply his considerable talent and experience on our behalf, here and everywhere Fielding is represented by students, faculty, and alumni.”
Chief among Edelman’s responsibilities will be to enhance the university’s profile in the public domain and to expand support for the work undertaken by its network of scholars and practitioners dedicated to the advancement of social justice and diversity throughout the world. He will assume the position on November 1, 2010.