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Kathy Goodridge-Purnell originates from London, England. She lived and grew up in a multi-cultural environment in West London, UK, where she developed an interest in diversity, international social work, empowerment and issues related to social & economic justice.  She joined the UTC Social Work department in the fall of 2005 and brings extensive teaching and practice experience. Kathy’s areas of interest include individual and community practice, program & curriculum development, and diversity awareness.  She received her Ph.D. from Capella University in June 2014 and is preparing to participate in several national and regional Social Work Conferences. She is married to Franklin and they have three lovely children, the oldest is 16, and the twins are 14.