The Social Development Commission’s Summit on Poverty Returns with In-Person and Virtual Offerings

Three-day conference runs October 19th thru October 21st  

(Milwaukee, WI) — The Social Development Commission’s Summit on Poverty is back!  After postponing the event during the height of the pandemic, the popular conference returns in October as an in-person or virtual experience.

The 2021 theme is Realities, Reflections and Recovery: Surviving and Thriving Through the Year 2020. The pandemic forced all of us to address tough realities in our community. These issues included everything from health disparities to social unrest to an economic crisis.

The Summit on Poverty examines evidence-based strategies and the latest tools for exposing and disrupting the experience of poverty.


The Summit on Poverty conference will feature a variety of dynamic speakers. The Social Development Commission is pleased to announce its first two speakers, nationally acclaimed education expert Pedro Noguera and Mariah Parker.

Pedro Noguera is one of the country’s most important voices on education reform, diversity, and the achievement gap. An award-winning educator, author and activist, he is the Emery Stoops and Joyce King Stoops Dean of the University of Southern California Rossier School of Education. His research focuses on the ways in which schools are influenced by social and economic conditions, as well as by demographic trends in local, regional and global contexts.  Be sure to visit the SDC Facebook page and website to learn more about this dynamic speaker.

Mariah Parker is part of a new wave of young women of color entering politics. She first made headlines after being sworn in as an Athens-Clarke County, Georgia Commissioner, at age 26, with her hand on a copy of The Autobiography of Malcolm X held by her mother. Photos of her taking the oath went viral, highlighting the growing numbers of millennial Black women making their voices heard in local politics nationwide. Be sure to visit the SDC Facebook page and website to learn more about this dynamic speaker.


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