About the 2017 TEDxWestChester Speakers
Norman Horn is the founder of Coast 2 Coast FTK, a nonprofit dedicated to bringing awareness to pediatric cancer. In 2014, Norman embarked on a 6 ½ months walk across the United States to raise awareness and funding to benefit the pediatric cancer community at Hershey Children’s Hospital. This cross-country trek was deeply transformative for him as a person. Norman will share challenges and surprises he encountered on the road, stories of the people he met, and that if you set out to do good things, the favor will be returned.
Juliana M. Mosley, Ph.D.
College Officer for Diversity & Inclusion,Chestnut Hill College
Independent Diversity and Higher Education Consultant
Juliana M. Mosley, Ph.D. affectionately called Dr. J. by her students, has served the field of education for 20 years, with the last 18 being dedicated to higher education. Juliana seeks to educate and train people to engage in difficult dialog through cultural humility to make the unconscious conscious. She believes that through conscious consideration, we can be proactive in preparing for and adhering to the inevitable changes in society. Juliana will challenge us to think about our own personal biases and collectively learn to truly embrace, appreciate, and live communally with those who are different from us.
Associate Professor of Sociology, Arcadia University
John Noakes’ scholarly work focuses on the relationship between the state and political dissent. This includes research on the origins of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), FBI surveillance of Hollywood in the 1940s and 1950s, and, most recently, on changes in how police respond to political protests. John will discuss the importance of why having both an active and effective police force, and an oversight of that police force are necessary for a democracy to thrive.
Denise M. Polk, Ph.D.
Professor & Chair
Department of Communication Studies
West Chester University
Denise M. Polk, Ph.D. has a long-standing belief in sustainable living. She has earned funding from the Environmental Protection Agency for West Chester University to collaborate with the Borough of West Chester to conduct two food scraps pilot programs. To date, the programs have diverted over 400 tons of food scraps from going into the landfill, instead, turning it into compost, a valuable soil amendment. Denise will explore how and why composting and food recovery makes all the difference in local communities and the society at-large.
Science advocate, March for Science
A coalition of individuals and organizations championing science for the common good
Sophia Swartz is passionate about creating a direct interface between teens, science, and political activism. She believes there are three main attributes which define what it means to be a scientist: creativity, grit, and a growth mindset. By sharing her personal story of how she fell in love with science and breaking it down into three small shifts in attitude, Sophia will demonstrate how everyone possesses the organic ingredients necessary to make these small shifts, defy science stereotypes, and harness our potential to change the world around us.
It Makes All the Difference
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