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Diverse International Approaches to Social Services Conference

Chicago Sister Cities International

Friday, June 9, 2017 at 8:30 AM - Saturday, June 10, 2017 at 5:00 PM (CDT)

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June 9 & 10 Registration Jun 8, 2017 Free  
June 9 Only Registration Jun 8, 2017 Free  
June 10 Only Registration Jun 8, 2017 Free  

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In celebration of the 20th anniversary of the first social services exchange hosted by Chicago, we are convening a two-day conference in Chicago on June 9–10.

To create a positive impact on the complex social welfare challenges faced by cities around the world and commemorate this model of cultural collaboration and sharing of best practices, official delegates from the seven cities that have participated in past exchanges will come together to present information about work being done in their country.

The two-day conference will explore topics around the theme of diverse international approaches to the prevention of violence in the areas of child abuse and neglect; youth violence; elder abuse; and gender-based violence.

The participating cities are Birmingham, United Kingdom; Casablanca, Morocco; Chicago, Illinois.; Durban, South Africa; Hamburg, Germany; Osaka, Japan; Paris, France; and Shanghai, China.

Conference objectives include learning about a variety of cultural visions and best practices which address and empower at-risk populations, including youth, women, and elderly; highlighting how this exchange model addresses the interconnected social challenges faced by cities around the world; and strategizing how to expand cross cultural collaboration to improve social services globally.

A limited number of seats are available to this free conference. Register today to secure your spot! 

3.5 CEUs will be provided each day through the Jane Adams College of Social Work (JACSW) for $5 per certificate. To receive your CEU's check-in at the beginning and end of the day. Please bring a $5 check made out to JACSW and have your license number on hand. 


Day One: Diverse International Approaches to the Prevention of Violence & Abuse
Friday, June 9, 2017
Student Center East Illinois Room, 750 S Halsted Street

8:30am Registration

8:45am Welcome address

     • Leroy Allala - Executive Director, Chicago Sister Cities International

     • Kathleen Borland - Chair, Social Services Committee, Chicago Sister Cities International

9:00am Keynote speakers: The face of violence and abuse in Chicago; child, youth, domestic and elder abuse.

     • Bryan Sameuls, MPP - Executive Director of Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago

     • Robyn L. Golden, LCSW – Director of Population Health and Aging Services, Rush University Medical Center

9:55am Benefits of Sister City Exchanges

     • Dr. Melanie Leonhard, Senator, German city-state of Hamburg 

10:30am Panel discussion: The face of violence and/or abuse in our sister cities.

12:30pm Break for lunch

1:30pm Cross-cultural panels on best practices

Panel 1 - Child Abuse

     • Facilitator: Robert Wolf - Consultant, Executive Service Corps of Chicago

Panel 2 – Youth Violence

     • Facilitator: Dave Simpson - Direcor of Counseling, Prevention and Youth Workforce Development, Youth Guidance

Panel 3 - Elder Abuse

     • Facilitator: Phyllis Mitzen - Co-Director, Center for Long-term Care Reform at Health and Medicine Policy Research Group

Panel 4 - Gender-Based Violence

     • Facilitator: Charlie Stoops - Dean of the Graduate School of Social Work, Dominican University

3:30pm Panel facilitators report back highlights from each panel discussion

4:00pm Audience evaluation, Q&A


Day Two: Outcome Reports on Social Services Exchanges and Action Plans for Future Exchanges
Saturday, June 10, 2017
University Hall, 28th floor, 601 S Morgan Street

8:30am Registration

9:00am Social services exchange delegation reports

12:00pm Break for lunch

12:45pm Concepts of “Transformative Learning” in the context of international social services exchanges

1:30pm Looking forward to the next 20 years

3:30pm Q and A Session

4:00pm Conference Evaluation


Please email Ieva Dilyte at with any questions. 

Have questions about Diverse International Approaches to Social Services Conference? Contact Chicago Sister Cities International

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University of Illinois at Chicago
Student Center East
750 S Halsted Street

Friday, June 9, 2017 at 8:30 AM - Saturday, June 10, 2017 at 5:00 PM (CDT)

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