The Forum on Justice & Opportunity connects volunteers, social change activists, and human service experts around solutions to the biggest challenges facing the region.
This year’s Forum addressed perspectives on poverty, power, and oppression. See the breakdown of activities that happened during and around the Forum on Justice & Opportunity below.
Saturday, October 20, 2018
8:30am to 4:00pm
150 N 6th St., Philadelphia, PA 19106
Engage with the compounded issues of poverty and initiate real world efforts to improve policy and practice.
The City of Philadelphia has really seen a considerable economic growth, expanding upward and outward. And yet the breathtaking skyline and booming commerce belie a population that remains the most impoverished of the nation’s largest cities. While national trends indicate a declining poverty rate on the whole, Philadelphia’s poverty rate holds at 25.7 percent–an alarming one out of every four Philadelphians.
This year features Derald Wing Sue, PhD in a keynote about microaggressions and confronting our own biases and preconceptions in daily interactions. Morning breakout sessions will provide interactive engagement with anti-racist and anti-poverty practice.
Attendees will be broken into the two breakout session groups below.
Justice: How to Talk About Race
In this workshop, Hillary Blecker, Jessica Levy, and Tchet Deriec Dorman, PhD, from The Blue Door Group use Transformation Intergroup Dialogue to engage participants in open honest dialogue and build the stepping stones of critical self awareness, useful for dialoguing about race. Attendees have the opportunity to explore internal perspectives that guide their understanding of identity and bias while developing a capacity to listen and communicate with empathy. Additionally, the conference will close with an interactive debrief facilitated by The Blue Door Group.
Opportunity: Defining Social Impact with Data
Joseph Ciesielski, Hannah Morehead, and Elizabeth McGhee Hassrick, PhD, lead a workshop exploring how data-defined social impact can be used to challenge the systemic issues that limit the opportunity of people experiencing poverty. Through an exploration of specific case studies, the facilitators will illustrate how nonprofits and social benefit agencies currently use data to inform decisions both big and small. Attendees will learn how maintaining diverse perspectives as stakeholders can improve and influence the way organizations analyze data, learn from it, and develop innovative solutions to persistent social issues.
Click here to learn more about this year’s speakers.
8:00am – 8:30am (optional): Morning Prayer at Episcopal Community Services (225 S. 3rd St., Philadelphia)
8:30am – 9:00am: Registration & Continental Breakfast
9:00am – 9:15am: Welcome
9:30am – 10:30am: Breakout Session 1
10:45am – 11:45am: Breakout Session 2
11:45pm – 12:15pm: Lunch
12:15pm – 2:30pm: Keynote Address and Q&A session moderated by Annette John-Hall WHYY reporter for Keystone Crossroads
2:30pm – 3:00pm: Conference Debrief Activity
3:00pm – 3:15pm: Close
We gratefully acknowledge the following early supporters of the Forum:
Church of St. Martin-in the-Fields
Damselfly Land Holding, LLC
Economy League of Greater Philadelphia
Fox Rothschild LLP
Graduate School of Social Work & Social Research, Bryn Mawr College
Louis N. Cassett Foundation
Duane Morris LLP
Old York Road Printing LLC
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Permit Capital Advisors, LLC
Reed Smith LLP
Philadelphia Business Journal
Click here to become a sponsor.
Join us for these activities happening around the Forum.
The night before the Forum, we will host a screening of Quest, the debut documentary by Philadelphia-based director Jonathan Olshefski and producer Sabrina Schmidt Gordon.
Following the screening, there will be a Q&A session with Sabrina Schmidt Gordon to jumpstart a conversation that will continue on Saturday at the Forum. Click here to register and for more information.
Friday, October 19
Episcopal Community Services
225 S. 3rd St., Philadelphia
ECS’ Young Friends Circle is excited to share that we’re hosting a cocktail hour to finish off the Forum on Justice and Opportunity on Saturday, October 20th! Located at WHYY, we’ll gather around light appetizers and drinks to further engage and dialogue about the day’s findings and also provide an opportunity to meet and network with people who also have a propensity for social justice. Admission to the event is free in addition to the free food and open bar! (Registration not required)
Saturday, October 20
150 N 6th St., Philadelphia, PA 19106