Joshua Mersky
Mersky is a professor of social work in the Helen Bader School of Social Welfare at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and founding co-director of the Institute for Child and Family Well-Being. His research interests include the study of how adversity and trauma undermine health and well-being. He can discuss social-service programs and strategies that can help low-income or traumatized children recover from trauma exposure, and also provide an overview of what trauma is, approaches to treating trauma on an individual or communitywide basis, and how trauma affects people and communities over a lifetime or from generation to generation.

James (Dimitri) Topitzes
Topitzes is an associate professor of social work at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He has researched the long-term effects of child maltreatment and other adverse childhood experiences, interventions aimed at preventing or treating early psychological trauma, and the long-term impacts of early childhood interventions. One of the things he can talk about is how trauma affects employment.

Gary Williams
Williams is a member of the School of Education faculty, director of the Black Cultural Center and director of the Institute for Intercultural Research. He can discuss youth in the criminal justice system, class and race in America, urban dwellers’ life chances and the impact of systemic poverty on youth.

Kim Litwack
Litwack is professor and dean of the College of Nursing at UWM. She works with a project teaching paramedics and EMTs to reduce the trauma of repeated emergency calls by offering preventive care to improve the health of those with chronic conditions.