Major General to Speak at Annual Social Work Conference

Posted: March 4, 2010 at 1:02 am, Last Updated: March 4, 2010 at 12:33 pm

Women have become increasingly influential and established across the military ranks, especially in recent decades. As thousands of these women transition between life in the military and life at home, many would like more insight about the impact they have on their families and communities.

There’s no better person to speak to this subject than Maj. Gen. Irene Trowell-Harris, director of the Center for Women Veterans at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

Trowell-Harris will be a special guest speaker on Friday, March 5, as Mason kicks off National Social Work Month by hosting a special conference: Diversity and Professional Practice, Exploring Cutting-Edge Issues for Policy and Practice.

Trowell-Harris will speak on the important policy issues facing women veterans and also give an update on the activities of the Obama administration’s Office for Women’s Initiatives and Outreach.

In her current role, Trowell-Harris serves as the primary advisor to the secretary of veterans affairs on programs and issues related to women veterans. Prior to her appointment, she was the director of the VA’s Office of Inspector General’s Healthcare Inspections Regional Office in Washington, D.C.

Trowell-Harris became the first African-American female in the history of the National Guard to be promoted to general officer. She is also the first to have a mentoring award named in her honor and to have a Tuskegee Airmen Inc. Chapter named in her honor.

The annual conference will take place between 9:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. in the Student Union Building II Ballroom on the Fairfax Campus.

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