Amp the Base - Saturday

A Day of Advocacy and Activism

Saturday, October 21

The Gwen Hotel
521 North Rush Street, Chicago, IL, 60611

Fee Options:

 All Day Pass
With CEUs (includes 4.5 CEUs)$75 ($20 savings)
Without CEUs$30 ($15 savings)


Continental Breakfast

9:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
The Gwen Hotel
The Gallery Ballroom and Foyer, 6th floor
Fee:  Free

The Rhoda G. Sarnat Lecture

“Working at the Intersection of Interpersonal Violence and Structural Violence:
Trauma-Informed Approaches for Recovery and Empowerment After Community Trauma”

Bradley C. Stolbach, PhD 

Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics
The University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine
Trauma Psychologist, Clinical Director, Healing Hurt People Chicago and the University of Chicago Medicine REACT Program

In recent years, gun violence in Chicago has reached levels not seen since the 1990s, with unprecedented numbers of Black and Brown children and teens among the injured. This presentation will explore the ways in which developmental trauma, structural violence, and chronic adversity perpetuate the risk for violence and community trauma. The presentation will conclude with a Q & A with 2 youth who have participated in and served as peer facilitators for Healing Hurt People - Chicago (HHP-C), a pediatric trauma-informed hospital-based violence intervention program.

10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
The Gwen Hotel
The Gallery Ballroom, 6th Floor
Fee:  $20 for 1.5 CEU. Free without CEUs and open to the public. 

Luncheon & Advocacy Keynote

“Bright Star Community Outreach: The Convener, Not Competitor!”
Pastor Chris Harris
Senior Pastor of the Bright Star Church of God in Christ & CEO of Bright Star Community Outreach, Inc.

12:00 p.m.  1:30 p.m.
The Gwen Hotel
Grand Salon South and Lounge, 11th Floor
Fee: $15.00

Poster Session: 
Scholarship with Impact: SSA Doctoral Student Research Project Displays

The Gwen Hotel, 8th Floor

AMP The Base Panels

The Gwen Hotel, 8th Floor
Gain strategies and knowledge for advocacy and activism from researchers and leading practitioners. Ready yourself for impact while making important connections. 
Fee: $15 for each session for a total of 3 CEUs. Free without CEUs and open to the public. 

2:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. (1.5 CEUs)

  • Violence Prevention: Science; Strategies; Successes
    • Esther Franco-Payne, AM ’99, Executive Director, Cabrini Green Legal Aid (Moderator)
      • Franklin Cosey-Gay
        Project Coordinator for the Center for Youth Violence Prevention Collaboration with Bright Star Faith Community

      • R. Brent Decker, MSW, MPH
        Chief Program Officer
        Cure Violence, Chicago

      • Desmond Patton, PhD, MSW
        Assistant Professor
        Director, SAFE Lab
        Columbia University School of Social Work

    • Violence remains one of the leading causes of death in the United States. Those who do survive acts of violence carry lifelong physical and emotional scars. In addition to the human misery caused by violence, the sheer economic costs are immense. Communities laced with violence suffer painful financial disadvantages through plummeting property values, joblessness, lowered productivity, and lack of social services. 

      This panel will help introduce participants to research knowledge about causes of interpersonal violence, and will illustrate how this knowledge is informing violence prevention strategies and measurable success factors.      

  • Health Care Social Justice 
    • Laura Botnowick, Director, Graduate Program of Health Administration Program (GPHAP)  (Moderator)
      • Linda Diamond Shapiro, AB '77, AM '78, MBA '88
        Senior Advisor
        Conlon & Dunn Public Strategies
      • Harold Pollack
        Helen Ross Professor
      • Selwyn Rogers, MD
        Professor of Surgery; Chief, Section for Trauma and Acute Care Surgery; Founding Director, Trauma Center; Executive VP for Community Health Engagement

    The focus of this panel  is on the health care environment, challenges we face in addressing health and well-being in resource poor communities, reflections on the congressional debate of replacing and repealing Obamacare, some details about Obamacare and where it stands, voices from the field, and how activism from Americans played a role in the process (for better or worst), and  lessons to be taken away.  

  • Mobilizing Community Voice for Action and Change
      • Jane Ramsey, AM ’76, SSA Lecturer (Moderator)
        • Chun Wah (“CW”) Chan, AM ’71, Founder, Chinese American Service League
        • Jamie-Clare Flaherty, Obama Presidential Center, Director of Strategic Initiatives
        • Israel (Issi) Doron, PhD, Israel Institute Visiting Professor (University of Haifa, Israel)
      • This panel will provide a survey of approaches to engaging community voice toward achieving outcomes that will advance and enhance community life and well-being.  

3:30 p.m.
 – 4:45 p.m. (1.5 CEUs)

  • Equity, Inclusion and Justice in Community and Systems Change
    • Jonathan Lykes, AB ’12, AM ’13, Policy Analyst and get R.E.A.L. National Youth Organizer, Center for the Study of Social Policy
    • Sarah Morrison, AM ’77, Director of Learning and Evidence, Center for the Study of Social Policy

This panel will share some of the implications of an  organization – whether national in scope, like Center for the Study of Social Policy, or state-based or local – committing itself  to being an anti-racist organization and fighting the effects of institutional and structural racism wherever confronted.

  • Early Childhood Policy and Family Well-being
    • Julia Henly, SSA Associate Professor (Moderator)
      • Theresa Hawley, Senior Vice President of Policy and Innovation, Illinois Action for Children
      • Samantha Aigner- Treworgy, Director of Early Education Policy at City of Chicago, Office of Mayor Rahm Emanuel
      • Cerathel Burnett, President and Chief Executive Officer, Carole Robertson Center
    • This panel will address two broad themes:          
      1. The tension often observed in the early childhood education sector between its focus on quality (i.e., the needs of the child) and access (i.e., the needs of working parents)
      2. Promising early education initiatives that are investments in the developmental needs of children and in preparing them to get the most out of their K – 12 education in Chicago (and elsewhere, as relevant)
  • Scholarship with Impact: SSA Doctoral Student Research Forum
    • Gina Fedock, Assistant Professor, School of Social Service Administration (Moderator)
    • Justin Harty, CalYOUTH (Professor: Mark Courtney)
    • Marion Malcome, Women’s Health Research Study (Professor: Gina Fedock)
    • Yudong Zhang, Randomized Controlled Trial of Doula-Home-Visiting Services: Impact on Maternal and Infant Health (Professor: Sydney Hans)
    • Tonie Sadler, Qualitative Analysis of Chicago’s Emergency Response to Individuals in Behavioral Crises (Professor: Harold Pollack) 
    • This panel will provide attendees the opportunity to learn details of the cutting edge research emanating from SSA faculty and student scholars, and how new knowledge shapes interventions relative to complex human and social problems.   

    • Participants will be able to:
      • Identify at least two novel research projects and direction
      • Identify specific strategies utilized with varied populations toward assessment, prevention, and/or intervention
      • Cite at least two examples of how current research can guide direct practice models

Impact Awards and Celebration

5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
The Gwen Hotel 
The Gallery Ballroom, 6th Floor
Dress: Business professional
Fee:  $30


Jerrold Brandell, PhD '82, and Stanley McCracken, AM '78, PhD '87, with the Edith Abbott Lifetime Achievement Award

Eve Meyer, AM '67, and Diane Mirabito, AM '77, with Milestone Awards

Center for the Study of Social Policy with The Distinctive Innovation in Social Services Award