The Social Development Commission’s Summit on Poverty Returns October 25-27, 2022 at the Wisconsin Center

Three-day summit runs October 25th through October 27th virtually and in-person  

Milwaukee, WI, August 17, 2022  — The Social Development Commission (SDC)’s Summit on Poverty returns October 25-27, 2022 at the Wisconsin Center in person and virtually. Last year’s Summit on Poverty inspired attendees nationwide and received widespread media coverage. This year, SDC is excited to feature three days of dynamic speakers, specialized presentations, intellectually honest discussions, and collaborations.

“The Summit on Poverty is about learning, researching, communicating, and speaking the truth to the issues that create poverty,” remarks SDC CEO Dr. George Hinton. “We need everyone thinking about how we can make our cities a better place for everyone.”

What: 2022 Summit on Poverty
Audience: Impacted community members, elected leaders, business members, board members, human service professionals, health professionals, educators, advocates, and you!
Date: October 25, 26, & 27, 2022
Location: Wisconsin Center, 400 W. Wisconsin Ave. Milwaukee, WI 53203, In Person and Virtual

The 2022 Summit on Poverty will expand learning, engagement and advocacy by providing access to Community Action Agencies, human service, government and academic professionals nationwide, as we address the 2022 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. At the 2022 Summit on Poverty, we will examine evidence-based strategies and the latest tools for exposing and disrupting the experience and cycles of poverty.

The Summit on Poverty conference will feature a variety of dynamic speakers. The Social Development Commission is pleased to announce our first two keynote speakers: Dr. Dorothy Roberts and Georgia State Representative Park Cannon.

Dr. Dorothy Roberts is the 14th Penn Integrates Knowledge Professor and George A. Weiss University Professor of Law & Sociology at the University of Pennsylvania, with joint appointments in the Departments of Africana Studies and Sociology and the Law School. She is an internationally recognized scholar, public intellectual, and social justice advocate. She has written and lectured extensively on race, gender, and class inequities in U.S. institutions and has been a leader in transforming public thinking and policy on reproductive freedom, child welfare, and bioethics.

Rep. Park Cannon is a Georgia State Representative, one of two openly queer lawmakers in the Georgia General Assembly and its youngest. She represents House District 58 which encompasses a diverse cross-section of Atlanta. Rep. Cannon champions a range of social justice causes and her legislative efforts focus on education, jobs, and health care. The Democratic lawmaker recently made national headlines when she was unlawfully arrested and removed from the Georgia Capitol after she knocked on the door to the Republican governor’s office during his signing of SB 202, a restrictive law that limits voting rights in the state.

SDC is seeking to collaborate with key stakeholders and changemakers. Interested presenters are invited to submit proposals to present at the 2022 Summit on Poverty. Visit to learn more.

Register now for the 2022 Summit on Poverty, visit

For more than 50 years, the Social Development Commission (SDC) has served as a planner, coordinator, and provider of human service programs for low-income individuals and families in Milwaukee County. The mission of the Social Development Commission is to empower Milwaukee County residents with the resources to move beyond poverty.

For more information, contact Juwana Kujjo at or call 414-906-4607.


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