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Coming up on Connections: Tuesday, October 16


First hour: Understanding the impact of funding cuts for organizations that serve the homeless population

Second hour: Cultural competency with Dr. Ed Nichols

New York State is cutting funding for several organizations that serve the homeless population. The cuts total more than half a million dollars. The winter cold is coming, and we explore the impact of the cuts, as well as the state of homelessness in Western New York. In studio:

  • Angela Panzarella, president and CEO of the YWCA of Rochester and Monroe County
  • Reverend Myra Brown, associate pastor and deacon at Spiritus Christi Church
  • Sarah Lee, director of Jennifer House at Spiritus Christi Church
  • Bob Barlow, community relations coordinator for the Salvation Army of Greater Rochester
  • Anna Valeria-Iseman, executive director of the Open Door Mission

In our second hour, Dr. Ed Nichols has been teaching about cultural competency for years. His work feels more urgent than ever in 2019, and he's coming to Rochester as a guest of the Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence. He joins us to discuss bridging cultural divides. Our guests:

  • Ed Nichols, clinical psychologist with emphasis in the field of cultural competency
  • Kristin Hocker, co-specialty director in the health care management program at the University of Rochester School of Nursing
Evan Dawson is the host of "Connections with Evan Dawson." He joined WXXI in January 2014 after working at 13WHAM-TV, where he served as morning news anchor. He was hired as a reporter for 13WHAM-TV in 2003 before being promoted to anchor in 2007.
Megan Mack is the executive producer of "Connections with Evan Dawson" and live/televised engagement programming.