Gregory Owens to Speak at School of Public Health Commencement Recognition Ceremony

Gregory Owens, director of Strategic Partnerships and Collaborations in the New York State Office of Children and Family Services, will address graduates at the School of Public Health's Spring 2016 Commencement Recognition Ceremony on Saturday, May 14, 2016.  One hundred eighty three graduates will be recognized.

A licensed master social worker, Mr. Owen's has  spent the past 29 years with New York State in various management and leadership positions.  In addition to his position with New York State, Mr. Owens is a motivational speaker, consultant and trainer, whose areas of specialty include leadership development, Black male engagement, effective communication, race equity, mentoring, and community engagement. He has developed an interest in the mind sciences related to Implicit Bias and is currently providing orientation sessions to the Albany Police Department and convening community dialogues related to that work. Mr. Owens has presented workshops and seminars on racial disproportionality and equity throughout the state, and with the National Juvenile Detention Association in Ohio, Michigan and Hawaii.

He is a member of the Blue Ribbon Committee of the New York State Board of Regents Workgroup to Improve Outcomes for Boys and Young Men of Color which is inspired by President Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper initiative, and the Child Welfare Adoption Leadership Institute: Developing and Supporting Emerging Leaders of Color.

Mr. Owens is also a deacon at the Macedonia Baptist Church, in Albany, NY; where he is co convener of the Rites of Passage program, co-chair of the Program Development and Community Engagement ministry, and sings in the Men’s choir.