Leader, activist discusses role of non-profits in healthy communities




CHICAGO--  (May 6, 2013)   Activist and community leader  Serena Chen Low will present a lecture titled  “Breaking the Cycle of Domestic Violence - Social Service, Personal Responsibility and Public Consciousness” as part of the East-West Perspectives lecture series on Wed., May 15, 2013.  The lecture is free and open to the public, and takes place in the Fourth Floor Auditorium at East-West University, 816 S. Michigan Ave., in Chicago.  The event begins with a reception at 5:30 p.m. followed by the lecture at 6:00 p.m.


Serena Chen Low has been the Executive Director of Apna Ghar, Inc. (Our Home) for more than two years.  Ms. Low has devoted more than 20 years of her professional life to non-profit organizations serving the most vulnerable populations, women and children.  She is passionate in seeking systemic solutions to long standing issues such as family violence, health care, mental health and the sustainability of community non-profits. 


Her leadership and consulting for non-profit agencies has included the Glide Foundation, providing services to the homeless in San Francisco;  Make-A-Wish Foundation of Southern Nevada;  Donaldina Cameron House, serving immigrants and domestic violence survivors in San Francisco’s Chinatown; and the Las Vegas chapter of the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum. Recently, she was honored with the 2013 Global Girls: Women and Girls Inspiring Change award.


Apna Ghar provides culturally-appropriate, multilingual services to survivors of domestic abuse, with a primary focus on South Asian and other immigrant communities. The goal of Apna Ghar services is to help survivors of domestic abuse attain safety and self-sufficiency, and to break the cycle of violence. Apna Ghar services include 24-hour crisis line, emergency shelter, legal advocacy, counseling, supervised child visitation, and community outreach.


East-West University is a private, not-for-profit, and non-denominational institution of higher learning in Chicago’s South Loop.  East-West is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA), and provides affordable, quality higher education to students from all ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds.


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