Dr. Norm White of the Saint Louis University College for Public Health and Social Justice has been named associate dean for community engagement and partnerships.
[Photo: Dr. Norm White]
Dr. White will provide strategic vision and leadership in the College’s efforts to cultivate mutually beneficial relationships with community stakeholders in the St. Louis region.
“As we work to advocate for equity in health and well-being, Dr. White brings a solid track record of building strong, sustainable partnerships with a wide variety of individuals and organizations in the community to this new leadership position” said Dr. Collins O. Airhihenbuwa, dean of the College for Public Health and Social Justice.
A professor of criminology and criminal justice at Saint Louis University for more than decade, Dr. White’s work in the community has fostered collaborative relationships in law enforcement and courts, public schools, nonprofits and government. He serves on the St. Louis Mayor’s Task Force on Youth Violence and as an affiliate of the Center for Violence and Injury Prevention at Washington University’s Brown School. During the unrest in Ferguson, Missouri following the death of Michael Brown, Dr. White served as a source for local and national media. His research focuses on developmental theories of crime, violence and delinquent behavior.
Recently, the Missouri Foundation for Health announced it is joining seven other existing funders to support Dr. White’s initiative called Shut it Down: A Community Partnership for Racial Equity, which he started along with two St. Louis Circuit Court judges to address the racial disparity found in the rates of contact with family court by youth. This initiative unites Saint Louis University, St. Louis family courts and seven St. Louis public elementary schools in working toward racial equity in education and interrupting what Dr. White and his team call the “school to prison pipeline.”
“Dr. White’s work is a distinctive exemplar of our social justice mission,” said Airhihenbuwa. “I am confident we will see growth, innovation and a real, positive impact from our community partnerships under his leadership.”
Dr. White completed his undergraduate degree from Marist College, and his master’s and doctoral degrees in criminal justice at State University of New York at Albany.