Alumni Weekend

Join us for Alumni Weekend 2021

Friday and Saturday, June 4-5, 2021

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Please join the Crown Family School of Social Work, Policy, and Practice for the following virtual events that will coincide with the University of Chicago’s Alumni Weekend.
All events will be held CDT.

Friday, June 4, 1:00 - 2:30 pm: Recovering Histories: Racialized Gender and the Professionalization of Social Work

This panel brings together four social work scholars to discuss racialized notions of gender in the development of the social work profession. The “founding mothers” of social work—including Jane Addams, Sophonisba Breckinridge, and Edith Abbott—pushed for numerous reforms supporting women’s empowerment, but the profession paradoxically moved towards the maintenance of racialized patriarchal ideals. Despite the historical and contemporary contributions of Black, Indigenous, and other social workers of color, gendered whiteness continues to dominate conversations about social work history. By highlighting and challenging the racialized notions of gender within social work theory and practice, we may begin to tell a more complete history of the social work profession. 1.5-hour CEU eligible when indicated during registration.

Friday, June 4, 5:30 - 6:30 pm: Social Justice Lecture

This year's Social Justice Lecture, "The Darker Shades of Green: Examining Solutions to Climate Change through the Lens of Social Justice and People of Color" will be presented by Heather McTeer Toney, Senior Advisor for Mom's Clean Air Force. She served as the first African-American, first female, and youngest mayor of Greenville, MS. She is also a UChicago Institute of Politics Spring 2021 Resident Fellow.  1-hour CEU eligible when indicated during registration. 

Saturday, June 5, 2:00 - 2:30 pm: 50th Class Reunion

The class of 1971 is invited to gather to hear from Dean Deborah Gorman-Smith about the School's past, present, and future. The 50th class will have additional time prior to the Alumni Awards Ceremony for an informal Zoom gathering among participants.

Saturday, June 5, 2:30 - 3:00 pm: Cello Performance by Seth Parker Woods (recording)

Hailed by The Guardian as “a cellist of power and grace” who possesses “mature artistry and willingness to go to the brink,” cellist Seth Parker Woods has established a reputation as a versatile artist straddling several genres. Woods serves on the performance faculty at the University of Chicago as a Lecturer/Artist in Residence for Cello and Chamber Music.

Saturday, June 5, 3:00 - 4:00 pm: Alumni Award Ceremony

Please join us in celebrating Crown Family School alumni and a social service agency doing innovative work that helps advance a more just and humane society. The Crown Family School Alumni Association will honor and recognize the following awardees:

The Elizabeth Butler Award: Imani Rupert-Gordon, AM '13
The Volunteer Leadership Award: Evelyn Green, AM '95 and Hazel Vespa, AM '68
The Distinctive Innovation in Social Services Award: Family Focus

Questions? Contact the Crown Family School Alumni Relations office at

 See photos from the last in-person Alumni Weekend, in 2019.

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