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K-State Today

February 7, 2019

C.J. Aducci to present Jurich Lecture on Social Justice Feb. 21

Submitted by College of Human Ecology

The couple and family therapy program in the College of Human Ecology's School of Family Studies and Human Services will host C.J. Aducci to campus Thursday, Feb. 21 for the annual Tony Jurich Lecture on Social Justice. Aducci will present "Mental Health in the Workplace: Implementation in the Chickasaw Nation" at 2 p.m. in the McVay Family Town Hall in the Leadership Studies Building.

Aducci serves as the executive officer of Strong Family Development for the Chickasaw Nation Department of Family Services. In this role, he provides executive leadership of mental health and substance use treatment programs available to Chickasaw citizens, other Native Americans and Chickasaw Nation employees. Aducci has been a licensed marriage and family therapist in Oklahoma since 2014 and is a clinical fellow of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. He has published and presented on numerous topics to national audiences in the areas of family therapy treatment modalities, managing dual relationships, employee mental health and Chickasaw historical trauma and resilience.

Aducci received his doctorate degree from K-State in 2013.

The Tony Jurich Lecture Series on Social Justice honors Tony Jurich, a professor in the College of Human Ecology at Kansas State University. He began his career at K-State in 1972 and led by example in the marriage and family therapy program where he taught for more than 39 years before his death in 2010.

Jurich's life and work embodied the core principles of social justice and he challenged his students and colleagues to do the same. His core leadership tenets — strive for resonance; assume value and be respectful; be compassionate; do what is right; seek out, affirm and utilize diversity and lead by example — provide a road map for sustainable community change.

This event is free and open to the public.

If you would like to support the Tony Jurich Lecture Series, please visit give.evertrue.com/ksu/jurich.