UIC Urban Forum Set For September 15th

header-2017The University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) will host the Urban Forum on September 15th, an annual conference that brings together policy makers, academics, community leaders, students, and interested citizens to discuss current urban issues impacting the region and nation with the purpose of driving a dialogue and sharing policy options, recommendations, and best practices.

The 2016 Urban Forum: Jobs and the Labor Force of Tomorrow will focus on human capital development in metropolitan regions by examining the role of migration and immigration, K-12 education preparedness, post-secondary workforce training and development efforts, and recruitment and professional development  of Millennials.

Dynamic metropolitan economies require a diverse, trained and available work force that adapts to the needs of commerce, industry, government and the service sector today as well as in the future. The rapidly changing economy demands that the workforce be adaptable and flexible by continuously increasing skill levels, providing training opportunities, and recognizing the quick pace of job shifting.

The UIC Urban Forum is scheduled to begin at 8:45 a.m. (doors open at 8 a.m.) on Thursday, September 15th, at the UIC Forum, 725 W. Roosevelt Road in Chicago.

Admission is complimentary for all Chicago-area teachers, faculty and students but online registration is still required. Please bring a school ID for free admission. General public admission is $25 and includes lunch.

All attendees must register online prior to the Forum. To secure your registration and for more information, click HERE, or visit: uicurbanforum.org


8:45 – 9:00 AM Welcoming Remarks
Michael D. Amiridis, Chancellor

9:00 – 10:00AM Panel #1
Evolving Pathways to Work
James Heckman, Nobel Prize Economist, Professor, University of Chicago-INVITED
Theresa Mintle, President and CEO, Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce
Juan Salgado, President and CEO, Instituto del Progreso Latino

John McCarron,
Columnist and Former Editorial Board

10:00 – 10:15 AM Break

10:15 – 11:15 AM Panel #2
The Jobless Economy

George Crabtree, Director, UIC Energy Initiative; Distinguished Professor of Physics, Department
of Physics,UIC; Senior Scientist, Argonne Distinguished Fellow, Associate Division Director, Argonne National Laboratory

Beth Swanson, Vice President of Strategy and Programs, The Joyce Foundation

Sarah Karp,
Reporter, WBEZ

11:15 – 11:45 AM Keynote
Clarence Page,
American journalist, syndicated columnist, and senior member of The Chicago Tribune editorial board

11:45 – 12:45 PM Panel #3:
Bridges or Walls? Immigration and Trade Policy
Oscar Chacón, co-founder and Executive Director, Alianza Americas
Pin Ni, President, Wanxiang-America
Nik Theodore, Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and Research, Department of Urban Planning and Policy, UIC-INVITED

Chip Mitchell, West Side Bureau Reporter, WBEZ

12:45 – 1:00 PM Closing

1:00 PM Adjourn
Lunch & Networking