Summit on Poverty


The 2021 Summit on Poverty Workshop Request for Proposals were due on August 20, 2021.
Submissions are no longer being accepted.


2021 Summit on Poverty 

The Social Development Commission (SDC) and its coalition partners have begun planning for the 2021 Summit on Poverty. Our goal is to expand learning, engagement and advocacy by providing virtual and in-person access to community action agencies, human service, government and education professionals nationwide as we address our conference theme:

Realities, Reflections, & Recovery: Surviving & Thriving Through the Year 2020

2020 was a tough year.

We experienced the COVID-19 global pandemic, an economic crisis and heightened realities of racial and economic disparities. The theme for the 2021 Summit on Poverty examines evidence-based strategies and the latest tools for exposing and disrupting the experience of poverty. The Summit on Poverty will also address barriers that impact people in vulnerable communities.

In addition, the Summit on Poverty will highlight the challenges many service providers faced attempting to pivot and respond effectively to the most vulnerable members of community who are currently living the experience of poverty. Specifically, we will aim to highlight examples of how we collectively responded during this time of crisis.

Participants will be challenged to examine the national, regional and local systems at play and consider how these shape policies and our collective response. By drawing attention to the structural underpinnings of poverty, we believe a well-informed and intellectually honest discussion can take place and help lead to impactful change.

Date: October 19 – 21, 2021

Location: Wisconsin Center District

Audience: Impacted community members, leaders, board members, human service professionals, educators, advocates and people experiencing poverty in Wisconsin.

The Promise of Community Action 
Community Action changes people’s lives, embodies the spirit of hope, improves communities, and makes America a better place to live. We care about the entire community, and we are dedicated to helping people help themselves and each other. 

CR-Social Development Commission is an Equal Opportunity Employer and Service Provider and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, political affiliation or belief. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities. If you need this information interpreted to a language you understand or in a different format, please contact La Toya Jones, Equal Opportunity Officer, at 414-906-2823 or Callers who are deaf or hearing or speech-impaired may reach us at Wisconsin Relay Number 711.

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