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Saulsberry serving on La. Empowering Families to Live Well Council

January 29, 2019

Long-time educator and community advocate Dr. Pamela Saulsberry of the University of Louisiana Monroe attended the first meeting of the Empowering Families to Live Well Council on January 25 in the Governor's Press Room at the Louisiana State Capitol. Special guest was Gov. John Bel Edwards, who addressed the council at its inaugural meeting.


Saulsberry, Ph.D., LCSW-BACS, is Director of the ULM School of Behavioral & Social Sciences, Professor and Social Work Program Coordinator. Saulsberry was nominated to the council by Vice President of Academic Affairs Dr. Eric Pani based on a recommendation from College of Business and Social Sciences Dean Ron Berry. 

The nomination was officially submitted to Ellen Palmintier, Assistant Executive Counsel, Director of Boards and Commissions, by Dr. James B. Henderson, President and Chief Executive Officer of the University of Louisiana System.

In a statement by Saulsberry, she said, "I am excited to have this opportunity to make an impact on the issue of poverty and its impact on families in the state of Louisiana. Because poverty is one of the greatest barriers to the human well-being, especially the family system, a coordinated and well-managed State plan developed to address this issue is of paramount importance. To be part of this Council's effort to develop such a plan is extremely thrilling to me and directly linked to my life's work. I look forward to doing the work we are charged to do." 

According to information from the state, "This council has been charged with the duty to create a state strategic plan that will benefit and empower struggling families throughout Louisiana in getting out of poverty."

Following the governor's charge to the council, Saulsberry and her fellow council members considered the state of poverty in Louisiana, discussed pathways to solutions, took public comment and made plans for the next meeting.

Each year, Saulsberry is the organizer of the MLK Day of Service on Martin Luther King Day. This year, Saulsberry was selected to receive the Unity Award, which was presented to her at the City of Monroe 40th Annual Birthday Salute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Jan. 10. The award recognized Saulsberry for her work with her students and within the community.