St. Ambrose University Annual Social Justice Conference 2021

8:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Cost: $35; Fee waived for 20-21 MSW agency field instructors, SAU students/faculty/staff

Vilissa Thompson, LMSW, delivers the lecture for the School of Social Work's 23rd annual Social Justice Conference.

Following the keynote, a panel of community members and professionals will share their personal and professional experience on this social justice topic:

  • Michael Glanz, Executive Director, ARC of the Quad Cities
  • Alyse Schmidt, Assistant Director, St. Ambrose University Accessibility Resource Center
  • Emmanuel Smith, PABSS Advocate, Disability Rights Iowa

Register online. Cost includes CEUs.


9 a.m., Keynote Speaker
Our Experiences, Our Truths: Understanding the Intersectional Lives of Disabled People
When it comes to the largest minority group in the United States and the world, our experiences cannot be overlooked. This exclusion and erasure is especially harmful to the lives of disabled people of color, who are living intersectional lives that must be told fully to capture the unique barriers and triumphs that exist. Centering the experiences of disabled people of color, particularly Black disabled people, is imperative so that freedom and liberation can become reality. As Black disabled Ancestor Fannie Lou Hamer is infamously known to have stated, "Nobody's free until everybody's free." The injustices we dismantle will be successful once solidarity leads the work that we are determined to do. That solidarity and work must include disabled people of color; no exceptions or excuses will suffice

Panel, 11:05 a.m.–Noon

Conference Objectives

1. Overview of disability history and disability justice
2. Tackling disability from an intersectional lens
3. Discussion and detailing how individuals, groups, and entities can be more intentional by including disability and disabled people of color in every aspect of freedom fighting and liberation.

Continuing Education
This conference meets the criteria of the Iowa Board of Social Work Examiners for continuing social work education for a maximum of 3.0 hours. St. Ambrose University School of Social Work is a licensed provider of social work education through the Illinois Department of Professional and Financial Regulation and will grant a maximum of 3.0 continuing education units. (IDFPR license # 159.000816).


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