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Event:
Chicago African Summit & Resource Fair
Start:
May 31, 2014 9:00 am
End:
May 31, 2014 4:00 pm
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Organizer:
UAO
Phone:
312-949-9980
events@uniteafricans.org
Updated:
January 6, 2014
Venue:
Illinois Institute of Technology
Phone:
312-949-9980
Address:
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10 West 35th Street, Chicago, IL, 60616, United States

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The Chicago African Summit is the premier forum of its kind in the Midwest with a special focus on contemporary African issues, public policy advocacy, and community empowerment.

It brings together scholars, legislators, community activists, policy advocates, students and community allies to engage in constructive dialogue and reflection on critical issues facing Africa and the Diaspora.

The event includes a Community Resource Fair that provides information about employment, immigration, legal services, housing, health screenings and other resources for participants.

Agenda

Rich sessions for you


Imagine this: A conference with a special focus on contemporary African issues, public policy advocacy, and community empowerment.

You’ll Enjoy extensive networking opportunities with scholars, legislators, community activists, policy advocates, students and community allies; Engage in constructive dialogue and reflection on critical issues facing Africa and the Diaspora; Connect with information and resources on employment, immigration, legal services, housing, health screenings and other at the Community Resource Fair.

Amazing Content to Empower You

You’ll contribute to four expert-led plenary sessions including:

Refugee & Immigration Issues Impacting Africans: Find out current refugee and immigration issues affecting the African community. Pick up tips on refugee resettlement policy and issues currently facing refugees in the United States. Additional topics include Diversity Visas, Green Cards, travel for asylees, naturalization, and petitions for relatives both in the United States and abroad.  Participants will have the opportunity to contribute to the discussion and ask our expert panelists questions on refugee and immigration policy. READ MORE

Preventive Care & Overcoming Barriers to Care: Uncover best practices for maintaining good health, preventive care, and steps that you can take to improve your health. Additional discussions will be around barriers to accessing health services and tools to overcome these obstacles. Free Hepatitis B and other health screenings will be available following the panel discussion. READ MORE

Opportunities for Small Businesses: Thriving small businesses are vital anchors for community development. This panel will help you discover news ways to fuel your business and learn how alternative financing options and micro-loans are leading many small businesses to success. You will also learn more about the role of the State of Illinois Central Management Services, the state’s purchasing process, and doing business with the state. Leading the discussions are Chimaobi Enyia of Illinois Central Management Services and Kyama Kitavi of Accion Chicago. READ MORE

US-Africa Policy Advocacy on Trade, Security & Human Rights: Have you ever answered the question “Why are we here?” Featured at the summit is a discussion on current US-Africa policy on trade, security, and human rights – its impact on the continent of Africa, and how we can build an engaged constituency in the African Diaspora to shape US policy and hold the Obama administration accountable. READ MORE

Schedule at a Glance

9:00 am                Registration

                              Power networking @Resource Fair

                              Kickoff Welcome

                              Refugee & Immigration

                              Preventive Care and Overcoming Barriers to Care

                              Opportunities for Small Businesses

                              US-Africa Policy Advocacy on Trade, Security & Human Rights

2:00 pm                Power Networking @Resource Fair

4:00 pm                The End!

Speakers

Meet your speakers

Erku Yimer, PhD, Executive Director of Ethiopian Community Association of Chicago has a wide range of community organizing experiences that started in Ethiopia. Through hard work and leadership, Erku has helped develop a strong community organization in Chicago that is actively operating social service and economic development programs. Mr. Yimer has participated and taken leadership roles on numerous advocacy efforts in Chicago, particularly in refugee and immigrant groups.

Sioban ALBIOL, J.D.serves as the asylum and immigration law clinic instructor and coordinator and as the legal resources project director at De Paul University College of Law. Since joining the Clinic in 2001, Albiol has overseen the expansion of the Resource Project from seven to 25 partner agencies. Albiol previously served as associate director of the former Midwest Immigrant and Human Rights Center of Chicago’s Heartland Alliance for Human Needs and Human Rights (now known as the National Immigrant Justice Center, an immigrant legal services agency).

Yaw A. Peprah, MPH  – an independent contractor for the University of Chicago on a project called the Chicago Multiethnic Prevention and Surveillance Study; a cancer study that seeks to improve the diagnosis and treatment of cancer and other chronic diseases in America.

 

Margaret Okodua, PhD(C) - Originally from Nigeria, Margaret is currently pursuing a double doctorate in Public Health Epidemiology and Nursing Practice-Education. She is a licensed professional registered nurse (RN), licensed advanced practice nurse (APN), certified nurse practitioner (NP-C), and board certified family nurse practitioner (FNP-BC) who has worked with the Chicago Department of Public Health for about 15 years, focusing on issues such as maternal and child health, pediatrics, adult health, and communicable diseases.

Chimaobi Enyia - brings years of experience in government and public service to the Illinois Department of Central Management Services (CMS). As Chief Operating Officer Mr. Enyia plays a key role in the management of one of the largest agencies in the State of Illinois. With an Agency budget of over $3 billion, Mr. Enyia implements agency wide policy and operational initiatives in accordance with the objectives of the Quinn Administration Illinois Central Management Services.

Kyama Kitavi – joined Accion Chicago in January 2010 and was promoted to Senior Loan Officer in 2011. One area of his responsibility focuses on loans for ‘green’ businesses. He was born in Kenya and grew up in Grand Rapids, Michigan where he attended Calvin College, graduating with a BS in Political Science. Kyama also has a Masters in Public Policy from the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan with a concentration in international economic policy and development.

Sam Ntum  is a Senior International Trade Specialist with the Office of Trade and Investment (OTI) where he designs and implements OTI Export promotion programs for Africa and the Middle East. Prior to OTI, Sam was an Auditor in the Inspector General’s Office, Illinois Department of Health and Family Services where he performed desk audits on medical providers like physicians, home health centers and transportation companies. Other State of Illinois Departments he has worked at include:  Human Services, and Employment Security. Some other positions Sam has held include Stock Broker with Chatfield Dean and Corporate Securities, Assistant Manager for Osco Drugs, and High School Teacher. Has holds a Masters in Business Administration and has studied in Cameroon, France and the United States.

Prexy Nesbitt is a Professor of  African history at Chicago’s Columbia College and takes people on educational, cultural and political tours to various ‘Third World’ countries, regions and situations, both abroad and in the United States.

 

 

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FAQ

Got questions? We have answers…

When and where is the Chicago African Summit & Resource Fair?

Held annually in May to commemorate African Liberation Day, the Chicago African Summit & Resource Fair will take place on May 31, 2014 at Illinois Institute of Technology, Schulz Auditorium, 10 West 35th Street, Chicago, IL 60616

Schedule

9:00 am                Registration

                              Power networking @Resource Fair

                              Kickoff Welcome

                              Refugee & Immigration

                              Preventive Care and Overcoming Barriers to Care

                              Opportunities for Small Businesses

                              US-Africa Policy on Trade, Security & Human Rights

2:00 pm                Power Networking @Resource Fair

4:00 pm                The End!

How much is the registration?

Registration is FREE. Click here to Register now!

Can I bring a guest?

We welcome you and guests to the Chicago African Summit & Resource Fair. However for planning purposes we encourage all attendees to register.

Will there be Internet access?

Yes, complimentary Internet access will be available.

What should I wear?

Attire is business casual. Feel free to dress in traditional African attire.

How can we participate in the Resource Fair?

Click here for details.

How do I update my registration details?

Click here if you need to change or cancel your registration,

Have other questions?

Email events@uniteafricans.org or call 312-949-9980.

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United African Organization
3424 S. State Street
Suite 3C8-2
Chicago, IL. 60616
Phone: (312) 949-9980
Fax: (312) 949-9981
Email: info@uniteafricans.org
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