POSTPONED: Poverty Summit 2020

"This is America's opportunity to help bridge the gulf between the haves and the have-nots. The question is whether America will do it. There is nothing new about poverty. What is new is that we now have the techniques and resources to get rid of poverty. The question is whether we have the will." -Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The Poverty Summit is an extension of the Poverty Simulation that has been hosted by the School of Social Work in partnership with the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion for the past four years. The summit will include a keynote speaker and plenary sessions covering topics such as food insecurity, food desserts, resources, and volunteer opportunities. Participants can expect to be educated on the impact of poverty locally and nationally and provided with information to take action against reducing poverty. All attendees will have an opportunity to participate in an onsite collective volunteer project.

May 1, 2020
8:30 am-5 pm
Levis Faculty Center
919 W. Illinois Street, Urbana, IL

Keynote Speaker, Plenary Sessions and Volunteer Resource Fair

Event Schedule
8:30-9:00am – Registration, Continental Breakfast, and Opening Remarks
*Registration opens at 8:00am
9:00-10:15am – Keynote Speaker (more info to come)
10:15-11:00am – Community Partner Organizational Overview
11:00am-12:00pm – Community Resource Fair
12:00-12:30pm – Lunch (will be provided)
12:30-1:30pm – Plenary Session Speaker: Dr. Ruby Mendenhall, “Factors that Create Systematic Impact on Individuals of Color Health and Community”
1:30-2:30pm – Plenary Session Speaker: Dr. Margarita Teran-Garcia, “Health Equality and Food Insecurity”
2:30-3:00pm – Wrap-Up and Takeaways
3:00-5:00pm – Collective Service Project

CEU’s will be available

For more information: contact Sharva Hampton-Campbell at

Sponsored by the University of Illinois Office of the Chancellor and the School of Social Work