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Ashley Hicks White to Deliver Louisville Seminary's Fall Convocation Address

Aug 15, 2017

Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary will begin its 164th academic year with its Fall Convocation on Thursday, September 7, 2017. The event will begin at 11:30 a.m. and will be held at the Frank H. and Fannie W. Caldwell Chapel located on Louisville Seminary’s campus (1044 Alta Vista Road, Louisville, KY 40205). The public is invited to attend.

Ashley Hicks White-ConvocationDr. Ashley Hicks White (pictured), an Assistant Professor of Marriage and Family Therapy at Louisville Seminary, will be the Convocation speaker. Her Convocation address, Toward a Relational Approach to Social Justice, will draw on Mark 12:28-34 and will center on the ways in which the call to love one another can be carried out to affect change in our individual and collective lives. Hicks White contends that issues of injustice might be better addressed using an optional conceptualization that places the highest value on interpersonal relationships.

Hicks White is a specialist in couples/family therapy, a licensed marriage and family therapist, and an AAMFT Approved Supervisor Candidate. She joined Louisville Seminary’s faculty in 2016 and is a founding member of Louisville Seminary’s Upsilon Chapter of the Delta Kappa International Marriage and Family Therapy Honor Society.

She has worked in a number of clinical settings serving clients from diverse backgrounds including racial/ethnic minorities, LGBTQ populations, homeless and low socio-economic individuals and families. Her current research focuses on the intersection of mental health, oppression, and well-being among African Americans. Her other research interests and teaching experience include risk and resilience in adolescent development, adolescent eating disorders, trauma exposure and trauma informed care, and culturally informed care of African American, Hispanic, and immigrant youth and families.

"As a teacher, it is my privilege to help students develop critical thinking skills and provide an atmosphere that facilitates personal development and self-reflection,” said Hicks White. “I believe that culture is an important aspect of the educational process and aim to encourage students to consider how culture influences one’s worldview and the way they interact and operate within larger society."

In addition to her teaching and research experience, Hicks White maintains an active commitment to congregational ministries and social action to change the circumstances in which families live. Most recently she served in the Women of Power Human Trafficking Ministry and the Take 2 College Discipleship Ministry at New Salem Baptist Church in Columbus, Ohio. She is also a member of the Ohio Association of Marriage and Family Therapy and the Ohio Department of Education’s Anti-Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying Initiative.

Hicks White received her Bachelor of Arts (dual degree), Master of Science, and Doctorate at The Ohio State University.
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