The Poverty, Promise, and Possibility Community Forum on Education and Engagement this Thursday evening, Oct. 6th, will be a big one--please join us for a panel discussion featuring Rev. Janette Wilson, from Operation PUSH (see http://www.nbcchicago.com/news/local/Bio--94489584.html), Madelyn James, from Great at Eight and Voices of Illinois Children (see www.voices4kids.org ), and Liz Kirby, Principal of Kenwood Academy High School (see http://www.catalyst-chicago.org/news/2011/06/07/dont-give-veterans-share-their-experience-young-educators). Shaz Rasul, from the Neighborhood Schools Program at the U. of Chicago, will moderate. This will be civic engagement as you have never seen it before!
A University of Chicago Convening on Poverty and How to Combat It
At the University of Chicago, creating new knowledge for the benefit of present and future generations is at the core of our mission. Addressing some of society’s most pressing problems—poverty and related issues chiefly among them—is the target of research by many scholars at the University. As a leading urban research university, we are well situated to address issues of poverty, education, jobs, health care, and public safety, and we collaborate with community leaders and citizens every day on creating innovative solutions. UChicago students contribute to this mission by volunteering in our community and by pursuing careers after graduation that improve the lives of those living in poverty across the nation and the world.
Poverty, Promise, and Possibility aims to highlight the usable knowledge available through the University for the purpose of illuminating both the pressing problems of poverty in our area and the practical steps that local communities can take to address such issues.