Dr. Parris Baker, longtime Gannon University faculty member and author of the Jefferson report "A Pain-filled, Polarized America: Reflections, Recommendations on Racism in U.S., Erie," will discuss this presentation, debuted on Aug. 25, 2020 at Gannon, as he examines how racism was ingrained in the founding of the United States and the historical events that have led to the current Black Lives Matter movement. The focus on making reflective and reflexive change and the desire to re-evaluate processes at the micro and macro level are two areas Dr. Baker believes can result in significant change.
Parris J. Baker, PhD., MSSA, is an Assistant Professor and Director, Social Work, Mortuary Science, and Gerontology Programs, Department of Criminal Justice & Social Work at Gannon University. Dr. Baker is also a faculty member with the Erie Psychological Consortium Pre-doctoral Psychology Internship Program and the Erie Bible College. An ordained Elder, Dr. Baker is pastor of Believer’s International Worship Center, Inc., and founder/director of Men of Valor Ministries and the Abba Fathers Program. His research interests include African-American fathers, incarcerated fathers, and non-custodial fathers, community and teenage violence, childhood poverty, and cultural diversity, individual difference, and inclusion. He is married and has four children.