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27th Annual Symposium Invitation

Friday, September 15, 2017
8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

To view a PDF of the 2017 Annual Symposium invitation, please click on the cover below.

BTG 2016 Symposium invitation

2017 Symposium Agenda


8:30 – 10 a.m.

Poster Session: Bridging the Gaps Student Community Health Projects

10:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.


Plenary Session

2017 Bridging the Gaps Perspectives

Awards Ceremony

Eddy Zheng, leading U.S. prison and violence-prevention activist and BTG 2017 Annual Award recipient

Eddy ZhengAbout Our Guest Speaker

Eddy Zheng is co-director of the Oakland-based Asian Prisoner Support Committee (APSC). A Chinese immigrant, he was incarcerated at 16. In prison he taught himself English and became socially conscious. The ordeal motivated a lifelong commitment to youth violence prevention, to raising awareness about the large number of Asian and Pacific Islander immigrants being deported, detained and imprisoned, and to addressing the root causes of the crisis. In 2007 he led a book project that culminated in “Other: An Asian and Pacific Islander Prisoners’ Anthology.” He is the subject of the award-winning documentary, “Breathin’: the Eddy Zheng Story.”



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Ellen Martinak, MS
Bridget McCormick
Bridging the Gaps Program Office
bmccor@pennmedicine.upenn.edu
215-898-4141
215-573-2265 (fax)


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