The Pastora San Juan Cafferty Lecture on Race and Ethnicity in American Life was established in 2005 on the occasion of the retirement of Professor Pastora San Juan Cafferty from the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration. The Lecture is a forum for prominent social theorists, business executives, community leaders, philanthropists, and politicians to convene and discuss the issues critical to a well-functioning and secure society.

Pastora San Juan Cafferty passed away on April 16, 2013. She was one of the nation’s leading scholars of race and ethnicity and a specialist on Hispanics.

The Cafferty Lecture is presented annually by the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration and the Cafferty Lecture Committee: William Brodsky, Frank M. Clark, Neil B. Guterman, Jeanne C. Marsh, and Alan McNally.

Funding for the Lecture has been provided by: Exelon Corporation, Harris Bank, Kimberly-Clark, Waste Management, and donors to the Pastora San Juan Cafferty Lecture Fund.

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Jeff Simms

Jeff Simms, AM '12

"I chose to study social work, and especially policy, because I believe working at that level is where one can truly affect some of the wider causes of poverty and homelessness."