We at the Center for Social Justice, Human and Civil Rights at the University of Georgia School of Social Work grieve the loss of life and the suffering caused by recent violence involving civilians and law enforcement at home and abroad. Our hearts are moved by those who have been hurt directly or indirectly by violence in environments they assumed to be safe. We listen with keen sympathy as our sisters and brothers cry out for safety, for civility, for an end to fear and the root causes of distrust, and for equal participation in the benefits of society: jobs, housing, mental health services, child care and access to affordable food and transportation, to name a few.

We must find ways in which we all can work together to enact policies and programs that better address human needs, and to make peaceful, productive dialog between the powerful and the disadvantaged an integral part of civic life. As part of this commitment, the Center for Social Justice, Human and Civil Rights supports such activities as:

  • The Athens Community Partnership for Youth Development, a multi-agency task force convened by the Athens-Clarke County Unified Government that focuses both on youth development and gang violence prevention in Athens-Clarke County;

  • “Blue and You,” a multi-stakeholder collaboration spearheaded by the UGA School of Public and International Affairs to improve police-community relations in Athens, Georgia;

  • The Charleston Syllabus Symposium: A Conversation on Racial Violence and Reconciliation organized by the UGA Press, to be held at the UGA Special Collections Library on September 23rd

We are also committed to ongoing engagement with local, state and national organizations to identify resources and opportunities to build trust and better communication between marginalized people and civic authorities, and are seeking ways to help those impacted by violence. If you have suggestions or interest in being involved, please contact me at (706) 542-0244 or lcornel@uga.edu. Our steadfast commitment to change can make a real difference to the world we live in.


Llewellyn J. Cornelius, Ph.D, LCSW
Donald Lee Hollowell Distinguished Professor of Civil Rights and Social Justice Studies
Director, Center for Social Justice, Human and Civil Rights
Editor, Journal of Poverty

posted July 15, 2016

Llewellyn J. Cornelius is the director of the University of Georgia Center for Social Justice, Human and Civil Rights. Cornelius has more than 19 years of experience in community-based participatory research and more than 34 years of experience in psychosocial research, as well as survey and evaluation research. He has worked in tandem with researchers, administrators and consumers in the design, implementation and evaluation of interventions that focused on improving the health and well-being of under resourced communities.

He has trained more than 150 professionals in designing and conducting outcomes research, coached 36 mid-career social workers in leadership development, mentored 33 doctoral students, trained 10 post MD/PhD early career minority researchers as part of the Association of American Medical Colleges Minority Health Services Research Program and taught more than 2,200 MSW students in the second largest MSW program in the United States. Read his complete bio here.