GMercyU Hosts MercyTalk Examining Women and Justice

Gwynedd Mercy University hosted a Mercy Talk presentation titled "Women and Justice: Navigating Legal Landscapes" on Wednesday, March 19.

Each spring, in collaboration with the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, the School of Business and Education host Mercy Talks, a two-part series of panel discussions designed to engage in deep and sometimes difficult dialogue about relevant issues facing our society. This year's series addresses the Critical Concerns of Women through two timely topics.

This talk featured speakers Attorney Catherine C. Carr, Adjunct Law Professor at the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School and former Executive Director of Community Legal Services, Inc.; Theresa Fanelli, Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice at Felician University, former FBI Special Agent, and current GMercyU EdD student.

In their respective roles, the pair see firsthand how students can be – and are - the change the world needs.

"Students now are much more aware of the reality of work-life balance issues and personal mental health issues that people don't usually come to class thinking and talking about. The younger generation has learned to be realistic about the demands of work, family, home, and non-work life. People didn't even talk about it when I was in school," Carr said.

Students are equipped with the passion and knowledge to make change, but often need a push.

"Designing an action plan with very specific goals, short-term goals, and long-term goals can get us from point A to point B. I spend a lot of time with students designing an action plan. Many times they set a goal, but they are unsure of how to get there. Planning very careful action steps can help you reach your goals," Fanelli said.

The next Mercy Talks will be held on the topic Mercy Empowered: A Dialogue on Woman's Leadership in Health and Science on April 17. Register here.