Shawn Goodman addresses AAUW

Guest speaker at the November meeting of the Dunkirk Fredonia Branch of the American Association of University Women was Shawn Goodman.

Goodman, a school psychologist, has also worked in several juvenile detention facilities in New York State. An outspoken advocate for juvenile justice reform, he has written and lectured on issues related to special education, foster care, and literacy.

Goodman has had two young adult novels published, “Something Like Hope” and “Kindness for Weakness,” based on his experiences in the detention facilities and inspired by the students with whom he worked.

His presentation was very well received. The board has voted to donate a copy of each of Goodman’s books to the Dunkirk and Fredonia public libraries. Goodman is currently working on an adventure story for adults.

AAUW membership is open to college students as well as anyone holding an associate’s or higher degree. AAUW advocates for equity and education through research, philanthropy, and measurable change in critical areas impacting the lives of women and girls. To learn more about AAUW, call Peggy Tiffany at 673-1838.