AAAC Symposium 2018

Strengthening the social worker's political voice and influence against the rise of overt racism: A discussion on racism, politics and access and the impact of each on African Americans' ability to thrive in America and the role of the social worker.

Saturday February 17, 2018
8 am - 3:00 pm

SSA, 969 E. 60th St. Chicago, IL 60637

Fee: $25
$35 for 3.5 CEUs; This symposium satisfies the State of Illinois cultural competence CEU requirement for social workers.
(Fees include a continental breakfast and lunch.)

Please register.

Presented in honor of Black History Month, the African American Alumni Committee of the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration Alumni Association will bring together a panel of leading practitioners, political leaders, social workers and researchers in their respective fields to facilitate a solution-driven dialogue and politically focused discussion that addresses how social workers can become more civically engaged and why it matters now, more than ever in the rise of organized white nationalist groups and other forms of overt racism.

This year's symposium will attempt to answer the following questions: How do social workers respond in a way that leverages their unique skill set while influencing policy and practice? How can social workers best advocate for clients and inspire communities to organize?

Speaker Biographies


8:00 am - Registration & Continental Breakfast

9:00 am - Welcome

9:15 am - Opening Plenary Panel

Shawn A. Lampkins-uThando, PhD, Postdoctoral Scholar, Department of Education Studies, University of Oregon
Kafi Moragne-Patterson, PhD '15, Director of College Success, Chicago Scholars
Conrad Worrill, AM '71, PhD

11:00 am - Keynote/Brunch

David Stovall, PhD, Professor of African American Studies and Educational Policy Studies, University of Illinois at Chicago

12:30 - 1:30 pm - Speaker Series

Prejudice and the Power of Self-Reflection
Troy LaRaviere, President of Chicago Principal's Association 

Being Black, Muslim, and a Refugee: Narratives of Somali Refugees in Chicago
Ifrah Magan, AM '11, PhD
Somali refugees are amongst the top five refugee populations globally, and one of the largest resettled African refugee groups in the United States. Somalis are often positioned at the intersections of anti-black, anti-Muslim, and anti-refugee racism and discrimination. This presentation will highlight findings from my dissertation study on the migration and integration experiences of Somali-Americans in Chicago. In particular, I will discuss the complexities of the Somali refugee experience in the U.S. and how public discourse and policies have impacted the lived experiences of study participants. Implications for social work practice will be discussed.

Understanding Difference: The Impact of Microaggressions
Brandon Nichols, Ed.D., District Director of Accreditation, Assessment, and Educational Development, Academic & Student Affairs, City Colleges of Chicago
This presentation will provide a basic understanding of microaggression concepts to demonstrate knowledge, awareness, and application. The presentation will uncover prejudices and bias experienced in environmental, school, and workplace settings. Elements will be discussed from the taxonomy of microaggression and strategies to uncover indignities which impact marginalized groups. In addition, the presenter will explore strategies, cultivating an empathetic approach to individuals’ differences through experiential activities. 

1:45 pm - Closing Remarks

2:00 - 3:00 pm - Networking Reception