2020 African American Alumni Committee Symposium: The Black Vote

The AAAC Symposium is a bi-annual event that brings together leading practitioners, scholars, and community leaders to examine the intersection of class, politics, and race among African American/Black social work professionals and communities.

As the 2020 United States presidential election approaches, an important vote for the presidential candidates to consider is that of Black American citizens.

This symposium will present a series of panels and intergenerational dialogues that connect the history of voting in America for Black citizens, and strategies community organizations and Black social workers can employ to usher in a more equitable America by influencing the 2020 presidential election. The symposium hopes to contextualize “The Black Vote” discussion through the lens of Black social workers. They will employ historical reflections on voting patterns and community organizing to galvanize Black voters in achieving economic, political, and social equality in connection to contemporary outcomes.

Darius Ballinger, Founder, Chasing23
Jahmal Cole, CEO & Founder, My Block, My Hood, My City
Glenance Green, Deputy Director, Free Spirit Media
Vernee Green, Chief Program Officer, Mikva Challenge
Kafi Moragne Patterson, Director of Student Civic Education, The University of Chicago
Eugene Robinson Jr., Director of Postsecondary Support & Strategy, CPS

Program Agenda
8:00 - 9:00 am Registration and Continental Breakfast
9:00 - 9:05 am Welcome Remarks by Dean Deborah Gorman-Smith
9:05 - 9:30 am Keynote Address
9:30 - 11:00 am Panel 1: The History of the Black Vote
11:00 - 1:00 pm Lunch and Community Engagement Breakout Sessions
1:00 - 2:30 pm Panel 2: The Community and Black Social Worker
2:30 - 3:30 pm Closing Remarks, Networking Reception
3:30 pm Symposium Concludes

This event is hosted by a campus partner. If you have any questions regarding registration or logistics of the event, where to meet, special assistance requests, parking, please contact Drae Laws at andrae@uchicago.edu.


Event Information

Cost: $10 - UChicago student; $25 - General admission; $35 - CEU admission
Registration Required: https://www.cvent.com/events/the-aaac-2020-symposium-the-black-vote/registration-5ee7383a1ffa4dffa035bc7d8ccd5fb6.aspx?fqp=true


8:00AM - 3:30PM Sat 22 Feb 2020 ( Timezone: Central )


The University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration
969 East 60th Street
Chicago, IL 60637-2640 US

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Event Contact
Drae Laws