Summit on Poverty Request for Proposals

The 2022 Summit on Poverty Workshop Request for Proposals were due on August 26, 2022. Submissions are now closed.

2022 Summit on Poverty Request for Proposals

The Social Development Commission (SDC) and its coalition partners have begun planning for the 2022 Summit on Poverty. Our goal is to expand learning, engagement, and advocacy by providing access to community action agencies, human service, government, and education professionals nationwide as we address our conference theme: In Pursuit of Resilience & Self-Determination.

The COVID-19 global pandemic is still a clear & present threat. As a country, we are still experiencing an economic crisis and a reality of racial and economic disparities. The 2022 theme for our annual Summit on Poverty seeks evidence-based, innovative strategies that focus on resiliency and determination.

Many organizations were forced to confront and attack barriers that threatened their ability to serve impacted people and stay open. As a collective, we remain focused on our commitment to provide access to vital tools and resources that help impacted people establish pathways out of and away from poverty.

This year we share new efforts and initiatives designed to study, analyze & engage & inform. We will draw attention to the structural underpinnings of poverty, and we believe that a continuous, well-informed, and intellectually honest dialogue that will affect change can occur.

We will also seek to collaborate with key stakeholders and changemakers to identify, examine, and reflect on opportunities that nurture more comprehensive efforts to respond to the needs of impacted people during times of crisis.

Preparations are well underway, and you can help make the 2022 Summit on Poverty successful.

We would like you to join us in this effort by submitting your workshop presentation on best practices and thought-provoking ideas, which consider our conference theme.

Suggested topics are any that significantly impact people who are in the lived experience of poverty, but are not limited to issues of:

  • Health Disparities
  • Economic Development
  • Work Force Opportunities
  • Quality Educational Access
  • Mass Incarceration
  • Gun Violence
  • Human Trafficking
  • Housing Inequity


2022 Summit on Poverty

Date: October 25 – 27, 2022

Location: Wisconsin Center, 400 W. Wisconsin Ave. Milwaukee, WI 53203, and Virtual

Audience: Impacted community members, elected leaders, business members, board members, human service professionals, health professionals, educators, advocates, and you!

We are asking that these topics include evidence of the following barriers and intersections:

  • The Ism’s: Examine the Ism’s (racism, sexism, classism, etc.) that exist in Wisconsin’s communities and recommend approaches to address them effectively.
  • Trauma-Informed Practices: Confront the trauma that exists in our communities. Identify what is currently being done and make recommendations to develop a comprehensive approach to effectively deal with the issues long-term.
  • Policies and Systems: Examine biases, inequalities, and systemic abuses, and assess the political will to change policies that create an exclusive society instead of an inclusive one that provides opportunities to all that seek it.
  • Cognitive Dissonance is the mental discomfort (psychological stress) experienced by a person who holds two or more contradictory beliefs, ideas, or values. This discomfort is triggered by a situation in which a person’s belief clashes with new evidence perceived by the person. When confronted with facts that contradict beliefs, ideas, and values, people will try to find a way to resolve the contradiction to reduce their discomfort.

Finally, we want to thank you for your consideration. By participating in this conference, you will help us uphold the Promise of Community Action:

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.

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