Free UIC Urban Forum
When: Saturday, April 14, 2021 9:00am-12:00pm
Where: University of Illinois Chicago Virtual Register
2021 Urban Forum: Closing the Wealth Gap
COVID-19 has exposed many disparities in our cities and the growing divide between rich and poor. Many strategies have been proposed but there is no simple solution.
The 2021 Urban Forum focuses on closing the wealth gap by emphasizing the role of equity. Equity gives everyone the tools to succeed. The forum will deal with:
- racial dynamics that shape social, economic, and political structures
- property ownership affects wealth across different populations
- the geographic distribution of public services and land use.
Free UIC Urban Forum – Schedule (Schedule and speakers are tentative and subject to change.)
9:00 a.m.-9:15 a.m. Welcome Michael Amiridis, Chancellor, University of Illinois Chicago, Janet Smith, Professor, Urban Planning and Policy; Co-Director, Nathalie P. Voorhees Center for Neighborhood and Community Improvement, UIC.
9:15 a.m.-9:30 a.m. Visual Presentation Amanda Williams, Artist
9:30 a.m.-10:15 a.m. Panel #1 How should we increase spatial equity?
Some suggest we move people around to reduce segregation and promote integration while others suggest we need to invest more in communities that have less to reduce uneven development. Still another point of view is to change the power dynamics by increasing ownership (land, housing) among POC. All three present challenges and opportunities.
• Ciere Boatright, Vice President, Real Estate & Inclusion, Chicago Neighborhood Initiative
• Amy Turnbull Khare, Research Director, National Initiative on Mixed Income Communities; Research Assistant Professor, Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Science, Case Western Reserve University
• Alderman Robin Rue Simmons, 5th Ward, Evanston
10:15 a.m.-10:30 a.m. Break
10:30 a.m.-10:45 a.m. Keynote Speaker to be Announced
10:45 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Panel #2 How can we change investment in our communities to increase equity?
Research on the issue of closing the wealth gap and increasing equity suggests we need to clear a path forward for creating a fairer and more sustainable economic and political system that can right our historical wrongs. This includes urban planning, philanthropic support, access to capital, and decisions about public space and our environment. This panel will discuss ways we create this path, and the challenges we can anticipate in trying to do so.
• Daniel Ash, Associate Vice President, Community Impact, Chicago Community Trust (CCT)
• Juanita Irizzary, Executive Director, Friends of the Parks
• Amy McEwan, Chief of Staff, Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP)
• Rachel Weber, Professor and Director of Graduate Studies, Urban Planning and Policy, UIC-MODERATOR
11:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Keynote Closing Remarks
• Heather McGhee, Author of the New York Times best-seller, The Sum of Us
• Michael A. Pagano, Dean, College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs, UIC