The conference "Social and Structural Determinants of HIV Infections among Minority Populations" examined the growing problem of HIV/AIDS among Blacks, Latinos and imprisoned populations—was held at the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration November 16-17.
STI/HIV Intervention Network (SHINE), led by Associate Professor Dexter Voisin, is based at the University of Chicago's School of Social Service Administration and organized the event.
On November 16, Dr. Robert Fullilove, professor and associate dean for community and minority affairs at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health, delivered the keynote address on "Mass Incarceration As a Social Driver of HIV/AIDS in the United States." Additional speakers and discussants from UChicago, the University of Illinois, Northwestern University and Loyola University as well as a number of community partners were present.
On Saturday, November 17, at the University's International House, 1414 E. 59th St., actress/singer/activist Sheryl Lee Ralph presented her one woman play, "Sometimes I Cry," a look into the true stories of women from different walks of life affected by HIV/AIDS. A Q&A and book-signing followed the performance.