BE THERE TOMORROW 10/29: Economic Inequality Initiative Alumni Hall

UPI People:

If you aren’t planning to got to the Economic Inequality Initiative Roundtables tomorrow, RETHINK and REARRANGE YOUR DAY NOW!

BE THERE TOMORROW. The panels are fantastic, and our students need to be out for these, too.

Bring your classes!

We’ve got some riches here to look through below. Check them all out and let me call your attention to two presentations.

At 11:00 – Ralph Martire, Center for Tax and Budget Accountability: How Taxes Can Be Used to Reduce Economic Inequality?

He is one of the best in the state on understanding the need for more revenue in Illinois. This will be good.

Then we’ve got faculty and UPI officers and students and all sorts of thoughtful folks throughout the day. Look and find them on the schedule below. And let me give a special shout out to . . .

Tim Barnett, Maureen Amos and Richard Grossman who will be speaking on student debt and the campaign for free public higher education at 2:30.

Bring students!! Be there yourselves!!! And remember what we are about as a university.

Remember your training, the support that got each of us here, and remember our mission now at NEIU. Let’s think about and do something about inequality.


OCTOBER 29, 2015

9:00-9:15 Exhibits, Information Tables & Coffee

9:15 – 9:30 WELCOME & Introduction
Marcelo Sztainberg, Acting Dean, College of Arts and Sciences
Daniel Lopez, Associate Vice President of Student Affairs

9:30 – 10:10 OPENING PANEL
What are we talking about? Dimensions of Economic Inequality
Scott Hegerty (Economics) Labor, Capital, and the Fight for $15
Carolyn Morales (Arise Chicago) How Do Workers’ Centers Address Economic Inequality?
Marshall Thompson (Political Science) Unions and Economic Inequality

10:15 – 10:40 ROUNDTABLES: Dimensions of Economic Inequality:
What do we need to know?

Students & Financial Literacy
Maureen Amos, Financial Aid– financial obstacles to retention
Joanna Snawder, Women’s Resource Center
How can becoming more financially literate help you navigate the economic challenges of being a student, graduating and making it in a difficult economy?

Bridge Jobs as Paths to Success and Equality
Lisa Tucker, Career Development
So you’re working to get through college! What comes next?

Health Disparities
Mike Armato, Sociology Aaron Schirmer, Biology
Christina Ciecierski, Economics Sue Stock, Student Health and Counseling
Disparities in health and health care limit continued improvement in population health. Socioeconomic status impacts health care options, in ways as diverse as the ability to obtain genetic information or cancer treatment.

Target Criminalization and EI
Maurice McFarlin, Justice Studies
Benneth Lee, Justice Studies
FIST Student
Incarceration is not an equal-opportunity experience, and has extensive economic consequences, not only for those in prison or exiting prison, but for families and communities.

Using the Arts & Theater to Address Economic Inequality
Milka Ramirez, Social Work, LLAW & WGS
Ann Hartdegen, Director of the Children’s Theatre Workshop
The arts are one way we learn about conditions in our society, raise awareness, and move people to make change.

Educational Rights of Homeless Students
Ann Aviles de Bradley
Homelessness and “doubling up” due to financial situations are common and affect thousands of students in Chicago alone. What rights do homeless families have for education?

Challenges of first-generation college students pursuing STEM careers
Dr. Cheryl Park (Bio)
Tom Campbell, Biology
The national statistics are staggering. For students majoring in science and math, first-generation college students have a lower success rate. Please join NEIU biology faculty as they share their experiences.

Homophobia/Transphobia and EI
Brett Stockdill, Sociology, AFAM, LLAS, & WGS
Stephan Loveless, LGBTQA Resource Center
Despite social changes giving LGBTQ people more rights and recognition, discrimination and violence still have an economic impact on members of LGBTQ communities.

Politics and Economic Inequality: International Human Rights, National and State Challenges
Cris Toffolo, Justice Studies
TY Okosun, Justice Studies
Why are economic and social rights barely recognized in the US, while being honored in other countries? What political changes would be needed to make the right to an adequate standard of living a reality here?

Ralph Martire, Center for Tax and Budget Accountability:
How Taxes Can Be Used to Reduce Economic Inequality?

11:45 – 12:30 LUNCH with ROUNDTABLES
Applying what we learned about taxes and public policy while sharing a light lunch.

12:30 – 12:45 UPDATES – WHAT’S NEXT
Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week – Rae Joyce Baguilat, Assistant Director – Student Leadership Development

12:45 – 1:00 STUDENT VIDEOS
CMT Student Videos about life in Albany Park
Cyndi Moran, CMT

Kenya Barbara, Justice Studies Club
Rhianion Broschat, Justice Studies Club
Giovanni Baez, Justice Studies Club

1:45 – 2:30 PANEL on TAKING ACTION
Sonja Rotenberg, IL Single Payer Coalition – Is It Time for Single Payer Health Care?
Lydia Snow, Music — Raising Hell: the Fight for Adjunct Economic Justice.
Antonio Gutierrez, Centro Autónomo – Organizing for Fair Housing in Chicago
Tara Shedor, Student Affairs — Getting Students Engaged and Active

2:30- 3:15 ROUNDTABLES How can we take action on economic inequality issues?

NEIU Food Pantry
Hannah Retzkin, Student Affairs
Come discuss how you can be involved in supporting NEIU’s new food pantry that serves students.

Housing Challenges
Antonio Gutierrez, Centro Autónomo
Daniel Lopez, Associate Vice President, Student Affairs
Housing is a major economic issue that community groups try to address by working around and through the market. How can you get involved?

Public access to academic research
Carlos Melian, Ronald Williams Library
Henry Owen, Ronald Williams Library
Elisabet Head, Earth Science
Scholarly research is often published in academic journals with high access fees, limiting the public’s access to the results. Open access is an international movement aimed at eliminating financial and technological barriers to accessing scholarly research. What can NEIU, as a public institution, and what can NEIU faculty do to support open access?

Natural areas and their impact upon health and social indicators
Jennifer Slate, Biology
Sarah Orlofske, Biology
Proximity to natural areas is correlated with improved health and lower crime rates. Cook County contains over 69,000 acres of open space. How can we improve public utilization of natural areas?

Health Care Access
Sonja Rotenberg, IL Single Payer Coalition
Nancy Matthews, Justice Studies
Access to quality health care is still a challenge for many in the US, even after the Affordable Care Act. What actions can improve health care access for everyone?

Poverty and Domestic Violence
Rachel Birmingham, Child Advocacy Studies
Joanna Snawder, Women’s Resource Center
Come to discuss the connections between homelessness and domestic violence, and explore actions we can take to better serve those impacted by domestic violence.

Student Debt / Free University Campaign
Tim Barnett, English and Women’s & Gender Studies
Maureen Amos, Financial Aid
Richard Grossman, History
Student debt in the US has been rising and is predicted to be the next big financial crisis. What policy changes can be made to reduce student debt and recognize higher education as a social good?

Student Action
Tara Shedor, Student Affairs
Staff from Student Leadership Development
Student Government Association Representative
Come join in on the conversation to identify ways students can take action to confront the complex causes of growing economic inequality.

Engagement in Civic Life
Student Government Association Representative
Kris Pierre, Student Affairs
One of the objectives of the Economic Inequality Initiative at NEIU is to increase student engagement and participation in civic life, through increased levels of voter registration, voting, and involvement in campus and community organizations. What do we need to do to help make this happen?

Grant Opportunity – Russell Sage Foundation grant
Cris Toffolo, Justice Studies
Jon “JB” Butler-Ludwig, Institutional Advancement
Are you interested in working on a grant to develop curriculum to address economic inequalities?

Protecting Worker Rights – Fight for 15
Lydia Snow, Music
Sociology student
The Fight for 15 is a national movement to address low wages, from fast-food workers to adjunct college teachers. Come learn how you can be involved.

Addressing Trauma and Economic Inequality through the Arts
Saba Ayman-Nolley, Psychology
The arts are one way we learn about conditions in our society, including trauma and inequalities. Come discuss ways to incorporate arts practices into various settings.

Katrina Bell-Jordan, Associate Dean – College of Arts and Sciences
Kris Pierre, Senior Director – Academic & Community Partnerships