Join us at the Forum.
The Forum on Justice & Opportunity connects volunteers and social change activists to human service experts in order to activate partnerships and build holistic approaches to service across the region. Register below!
Saturday, November 11, 2017
8:30am to 3:00pm
Registration opens at 8:30am
Program begins at 9:00am
National Museum of American Jewish History
101 S. Independence Mall, Philadelphia
Complimentary breakfast and lunch will be provided
Kindly RSVP by November 1, 2017
Justice: Institutional Systems That Reinforce Economic Inequality
In this workshop, Kerry E. Smith, Esq. of Community Legal Services discusses the everyday systems that reinforce poverty and economic disparities among people and communities. Themes include consumer issues and the effects they have on low-income families and financial practices that attack the financial security of low-income families and individuals. Attendees will leave with an understanding of the laws that protect consumers, and what can be done to safeguard them.
Opportunity: Understanding the Culture of Poverty
Keva White, LCADC, LCSW, of VIP Community Services, Inc. leads an interactive workshop that provides the conceptual framework for understanding poverty. The culture of poverty is based on the concept that the economically disadvantaged possess discreet value systems that shape their characteristics, behaviors, and attitudes. This workshop increases the awareness of unjust social implications formed when working with low-income populations.
Kathryn Edin, PhD
Kathryn Edin, PhD is one of the nation’s leading poverty researchers, working in the domains of welfare and low-wage work, family life, and neighborhood contexts. A qualitative and mixed-method researcher, she has taken on key mysteries about the urban poor that have not been fully answered by quantitative work: How do single mothers possibly survive on welfare? Why don’t more go to work? Why do they end up as single mothers in the first place? Where are the fathers and why do they disengage from their children’s lives? How have the lives of the single mothers changed as a result of welfare reform?
Edin has authored eight books and some 80 journal articles. The hallmark of her research is her direct, in-depth observations of the lives of low-income women, men, and children. Edin is the Bloomberg Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Public Health at Johns Hopkins University. She is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Social Insurance, and the Margaret Mead Fellow at the American Academy of Political and Social Sciences. She is a trustee of the Russell Sage Foundation and an affiliate of the poverty research center at the University of Wisconsin. At Johns Hopkins, she co-directs the Poverty and Inequality Research Lab and is founding faculty director of the 21st Century Cities Initiative, which seeks to bring cross-disciplinary teams of scholars together to work with cities to solve the critical urban challenges of the 21st Century.
Books authored by Dr. Edin will be available for purchase at the event.
Church of St. Martin-in-the-Fields
Bryn Mawr College Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research
City of Philadelphia Mayor’s Office of Community Empowerment & Opportunity
Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania
Genesis Asset Protection, Inc.
David and Jacqueline Griffith Family Foundation
Old York Road Printing, LLC
Permit Capital Advisors, LLC
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