Kristie Wilder and Lucas Patterson describe summer camps that Southern Adventist University offers high school students. The two main camps we discuss are Women and Minorities in Civic Engagement and Social Work and Missions. If you know a young person who could benefit from this summer program, please share this episode with them.
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Kristie Wilder is dean of the School of Social Work at Southern Adventist University. Dr. Wilder holds a master’s degree in social work from the University of Tennessee and a Doctor of Jurisprudence from the Nashville School of Law. Prior to entering social work education in 2010, Kristie enjoyed a varied social work practice experience including work in child welfare, community mental health, and policy analysis. She has studied the tensions and divisions in social work between conservative Christian religious beliefs and lesbian, gay, and bisexual students, practitioners, faculty members and clients. A growing area of interest for Dr. Wilder is political social work. She believes we will have more equitable policies for all people when we elect more women and social workers into office.
Lucas Patterson works in grant writing and communications for Southern Adventist University in Collegedale, Tennessee. His undergraduate and graduate degrees are both in communication—so he loves a good story—and he’s grown into the understanding that sometimes a storyteller needs to become a story-shaper, jumping into the narrative to help build a better ending. That’s how he became involved in Academic Summer Camps, an area completely outside his other professional responsibilities. Prior to employment with Southern, Lucas worked as a newspaper and magazine designer, web content manager, and marketing director for a professional orchestra.
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