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A Personal Look Inside San Quentin's Death Row


By Natalie Petrie


The UHD's College of Public Service invites the UHD and Houston community to join its vitalvoices Speaker Series event, "Compassion 101: A Criminologist/Social Worker Ministers on San Quentin's Death Row," at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 18 in the Wilhelmina Cullen Robertson Auditorium.

The event will feature criminologist and social worker Dr. George Williams, who serves as Catholic chaplain at San Quentin Prison—the home of California's notorious death row.

His talk will focus on the importance of integrating human compassion into public servant roles and studies. Additional topics will include his research on burnout and resilience—a topic sparked by personal observations of suffering and the human condition within prisons—that's not just of inmates, but also those who guard them.

The vitalvoices speaker series serves as a forum to bring scholars and practitioners alike to speak to students, faculty, alumni and community partners at UHD's College of Public Service. The series features speakers—whose work is interdisciplinary and touches upon the fields of social work, criminal justice and urban education—share their personal and professional experiences as well as how the work they do impacts society as a whole.