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NGO Committee on the Family: Charting the Way Forward Post-Pandemic
Thursday 24 February 2022


"The Family: Charting the Way Forward Post-Pandemic" February 24 Thursday, 1:15 - 2:15 EDT
What has been the impact of COVID on families? Almost two years into the pandemic, researchers and practitioners are observing startling trends in shifting family demographics and dynamics. Studying these trends, we can begin to prognosticate how the family can chart a way forward through the continuing pandemic to strengthen one another and maintain the family's foundational role in society. This program,co-sponsored by UPF and the NGO Committee on the Family, NY, will explore how families have been impacted and how they can move forward from here.
Dr. Jenet Jacob Ericksonis an Affiliated Scholar at the Wheatley Institution and former assistant professor in the School of Family Life at BYU, in addition to her role as Senior Fellow in Maternal and Child Wellbeing at the Institute for Family Studies. Her research specializing in maternal and child wellbeing has been featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, U.S. News and World Report, Slate Magazine, and The Today Show. She has authored more than 20 scientific articles and book chapters and presented at national and international conferences. In 2004, she was selected as a Social Science Research Fellow for the Heritage Foundation where she completed research analyses on non-maternal care for policymakers. Erickson received B.S. and M.A. degrees from Brigham Young University, and a Ph.D. in Family Social Science from the University of Minnesota. She is currently a columnist on family issues for the Deseret News National Edition, while she and her husband enjoy their family life journey with two young children.
Meliss Villa is the Founder and Executive Director of Project PEARLS, a nonprofit organization on a mission to help children and families break the cycle of poverty in the Philippines. Today, Project PEARLS is much more than the band-aid charity it started out as 11 years ago. With a small dedicated staff supported by hundreds of enthusiastic volunteers in the Philippines and the USA, it is now a heart-centered nonprofit that implements effective programs to educate, empower, nourish, and deliver healthcare to thousands of children and adults in a handful of underserved communities throughout the islands. Born and raised in Manila, Melissa emigrated to the US in 1987 and earned an economics degree then a Master's in Global  Management before returning to her home country to help meaningfully improve the lives of the poorest of the poor. In 2018, she was recognized by World Literacy Foundation in Oxford with the first Albert Schweitzer Award for her exemplary contributions to humanity. In 2021, she was chosen as one of the Asia Pacific Kindness & Leadership 50 Leading Lights by Women of the Future.
Remember to RSVP by 6 pm EDT on Wednesday, Feb. 23 in order to receive the Zoom link!
Feb 24 Event