Creating an Equitable City

The University of Chicago School Social Service Administration (SSA)
invites you to attend

Creating an Equitable City

Marisa, Eve, Tawa 

November 26, 2018

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5:30 pm: Check-in and light reception
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm:
Program with Q & A
7:30 pm - 8:00 pm:
Book sale and signing of Ghosts in the Schoolyard:
Racism and School Closings on Chicago's South Side

The University of Chicago School Social Service Administration Lobby
969 E. 60th St. Chicago, IL 60637

1.5 CEUs available; This program satisfies 1.5 hours toward the State of Illinois Cultural Competence requirement for social workers.*

Seating is limited on a first-come, first-seated basis. Arrive early to claim your seat.
If you can no longer attend, please cancel your registration on Eventbrite so that others may register (go to "View Order").

This event is free and open to the public. 
The Seminary Co-op will be selling books on site. 

In more equitable school systems we find more students who are well-educated, self-aware, and well-grounded in their own identity — and thus able to build strong relationships with people who are different than them. This is the foundation of building a more just, equitable, and inclusive future for Chicago. Join us for this panel conversation on how we can create more equitable schools and communities that lay the foundation for a more just and inclusive society.


Marisa Novara, Vice President of the Metropolitan Planning Council (MPC) and SSA alumna, is a co-author of MPC’s groundbreaking study that calculates the costs of racial and economic segregation in Chicagoland and a subsequent set of recommendations for reducing segregation, increasing racial equity, and collectively creating a metropolitan Chicago that works for everyone.  

Eve L. Ewing is Assistant Professor at SSA and author of the new book, Ghosts in the Schoolyard: Racism and School Closings on Chicago's South Side, which tells the story of Chicago’s 2013 school closings, from their unfolding to their aftermath, and the efforts of many Chicagoans to fight for better schools, thriving livelihoods, and self-determination.


Tawa Mitchell, also an SSA alumna, is a Program Officer at the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation where, as a member of the Chicago Commitment team, she supports creative and effective organizations working to make Chicago a city where opportunity is equitable, and justice can thrive.

* The Professional Development Program at SSA is a licensed State of Illinois provider of Continuing Education for social workers (LSW/LCSW), clinical psychologists, marriage and family therapists, and professional counselors (LPC/LCPC). License #s 159.000140, 168.000115, and 268.000004.

University of Chicago surface parking lots are free and open after 4:00pm. The closest lots are #6 Wells, #8 Woodlawn Social Services Center, and #9 Edelstone.

For questions about the event or persons in need of a special accommodation,
please contact or call 773.702.9700.

For general questions about the event, contact The Professional Development Program at or 773.702.1166.