Are Municipal IDs the Key to Urban Inclusion?

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May 2, 2019

City of Chicago skyline looking south from downtownKeynote: Anna M. Valencia, City Clerk of Chicago

Community Enrollment for Chicago CityKey: 9 am - 1 pm 
Panel Discussion: 2:00 - 5:00 pm
SSA Lobby, 969 E. 60th St. Chicago, IL 60637
Free and open to the public. 


With the launch of CityKey, Chicago became one of many cities around the country that has recently enacted a program to issue municipal ID cards. As stricter federal and state guidelines have made it more difficult to obtain a government-issued ID, cities around the country have stepped in to issue their own municipal ID cards, particularly for marginalized communities unable to access state and federal IDs. Do these municipal ID programs successfully reach vulnerable populations and increase access to important institutions and services?

Community members who would like to get a Chicago CityKey may enroll during our Community Enrollment event in the morning from 9 am to 1 pm. 

From 2:00 - 5:00 pm, join us for a mini-conference focused on municipal identification. A keynote from Anna Valencia, the City Clerk of the City of Chicago, will be followed by panels that explore the origins of municipal ID programs, featuring government officials from Chicago, Detroit, and Minneapolis; the collaborative nature of CityKey, highlighting community organizations involved in the ID’s design and implementation; and research findings on the first year of CityKey, centering on how and why cities attempt to foster local inclusion. Panelists are UChicago SSA Assistant Professors Angela S. García and Yanilda María González, and Associate Professor Marci Ybarra in addition to Associate Professor Abigail Fisher Williamson of Trinity College.

This event was organized by Assistant Professors Angela Garcia and Yanilda Gonzalez and Associate Professor Marci Ybarra.

This event is part of UChicago Innovation Fest 2019. Join us on Twitter and use the hashtag #InnoFest 


Sponsored by: The University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration (SSA), Pozen Family Center for Human Rights, Mansueto Institute for Urban Innovation, Harris School of Public Policy, Office of Civic Engagement, Chicago Center for Contemporary Theory (3CT), Office of Multicultural Student Affairs (OMSA), Chicago Studies, Center for the Study of Race, Politics and Culture (CSRPC), and the Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality (CSGS).

This study has received funding from: The Chicago Community Trust; The University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration (SSA), Pozen Family Center for Human Rights, Center for the Study of Race, Politics and Culture (CSRPC), Center for Health Administration Studies (CHAS), and the Office of the Vice Provost for Academic Leadership, Advancement and Diversity.


For questions about accessibility, to request an accommodation, or for questions about the event, please contact events@ssa.uchicago.edu or call 773.702.9700.