UTA hosts lecture on public policy

By Michael Magnus
Staff Writer

As part of National Social Work Month, a director with the Kids Count Center will talk about youth policy at UTA on March 19.

In her lecture “Kids Count in Texas Policy, Dr. Frances Deviney will speak about comparative poverty rates in Texas, sharing opportunities for children, and conveying information that may be beneficial for youth services.

Deviney serves as the director of Texas Kids Count Center for Public Policy Priorities in Austin, Texas.  The Kids Count survey provides data that describes the social conditions that affect youth in Texas.

“We hope to present policy issues in a more alive and real way so that students can gain insight into the importance of understanding social policy,” said Dr. Jan Finch, assistant professor in practice with UTA’s School of Social Work.

This free event will be open to faculty, students, alumni and community partners with an interest in youth advocacy.

UTA alumna Melanie Roy considers it important to become familiar with the key players and current trends in social policy development.  Roy is the lead grant writer for Outsource Solutions Group and has worked as a social worker with children, youth and families for more than 30 years.

“As a grant writer, the applications that I submit to solicit funds for youth service has to be grounded in information from current literature,” Roy said. “Social workers benefit from referencing Kids Count data when writing funding requests on behalf of their agencies.”

Social work junior Izzak Perez said the lecture will expose students to new information and help develop awareness on unfamiliar topics. He said such events will help students familiarize themselves with a broader variety of social service resources.

The Kids Count in Texas Policy lecture with Deviney takes place 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Social Work Auditorium.

For more information, visit or call 817-272-2165.

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