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Panelist Bio

Patricia J. Smith
Guest Moderator / College of Government and Social Sciences, Southern University

Patricia J. Smith is the dean’s administrator in the College of Government and Social Sciences at Southern University and A&M College, serving since 2013.

She received her undergraduate and masters degrees from the University of Texas at El Paso and is a doctoral candidate in the Manship School of Mass Communication at Louisiana State University.

Her research in mass communication focuses on capital-city newspaper coverage of state economic development policy. In 2014 she completed the Leadership North program on local economic development and tourism.

She previously served as the interim operations manager for the public policy research lab at LSU where she oversaw a team of interviewers gathering health data for the State of Louisiana Health and Human Services Division and the Centers for Disease Control.

Her many awards include a travel grant from the Duke Initiative on Survey Research and the Cotton Memorial Fellowship for outstanding scholarship in the field of communication.

Patricia is a divorcee with one daughter Waverly, a freshman at Zachary High School, who hopes to become a small-animal veterinarian.

Current Topic

     03/18 - Making Schools Safe

Where does Louisiana stand in this national discussion?
The school shooting in Broward County Florida that took the lives of 17 people has reignited the debate over how to make our schools safe. Energized students nationwide are calling for restricted access to certain guns. Congress is considering broader background checks and age limits on gun purchases. President Donald Trump is most enthusiastic about training school staff members to carry concealed weapons.

Where does Louisiana stand in this national discussion? How would gun control proposals affect the 45% of Louisianans who own guns? What mental health services are available to prevent teenagers from acting out violently? What increased security measures should schools take and how much will they cost? Louisiana Public Square looks for answers to these questions and more on “Making Schools Safe” airing Wednesday, March 28 at 7 p.m. on LPB and WLAE in New Orleans. (Taping Tuesday, March 27.)
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