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Apr 12 2024

Public Sociology and Activist Scholarship Conference

April 12, 2024

9:00 AM - 5:00 PM


Student Services Building Room A, B, C


1200 West Harrison Street, Select

UIC Public Sociology and Activist Scholarship Conference Flyer

Registration Required: Please Complete the Following Form: Public Sociology Conference RSVP

In the face of growing inequality, many scholars are building on traditions of political engagement to advocate for and produce research that has an impact beyond academic circles. Through collaborations with community partners, engagement with policy makers, and connections with public audiences, UIC is at the forefront of public sociology and activist scholarship.

Join UIC Sociology for a day of panels, workshops, and collaborative knowledge building with scholars, journalists, community organizers, and UIC faculty. The conference will provide a forum to share findings, confront challenges, build skills, and envision the future of engaged scholarship.

Conference Agenda

9:00 - 9:30 Coffee + Welcome
Welcoming remarks: Dr. Claire Laurier Decoteau, Professor and Head of the Sociology Department at UIC

Morning Panels:

9:30 - 10:45 Reproductive Justice
Research and curriculum in support of reproductive healthcare in the post-Dobbs era
Moderator: Dr. Lorena Garcia, Associate Professor of Sociology at UIC
Dr. Natalie Bennett, Director of the Women’s Leadership and Resource Center at UIC
Dr. Meghan Daniel, Director of Services and Research at the Chicago Abortion Fund
Dr. Katrina Kimport, Professor in Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences at the University of California, San Francisco

11:00 - 12:15 Policing and Criminalization
Movement methodologies and research for abolition, harm reduction, and healing
Moderator: Dr. Patrisia Macías-Rojas, Associate Professor of Sociology and Latin American and Latina/o Studies at UIC
Dr. Alana Gunn, Assistant Professor of Criminology, Law, and Justice at UIC
Jamie Kalven, journalist and founder of the Invisible Institute
Dr. Ilā Ravichandran, Assistant Professor of Legal Studies at the University of Washington–Tacoma

12:15 - 1:45 Lunch + Mixer
The lunch will include an interactive component that will facilitate networking with other conference participants

1:45-3:00 Mid-Day Workshops Concurrent skill-building workshops

Community Partnerships
Engagement, accountability, and possibilities for partnerships
Moderator: Dr. Atef Said, Associate Professor of Sociology at UIC
Dr. Arturo Carillo, Deputy Director of Health and Violence Prevention at the Brighton Park Neighborhood Council
Rachel Pyon, Research Director at Equity and Transformation (EAT)
Tania Unzueta Carrasco, National Political Director at Mijente

Media Engagement
Local media producers share tips and skills for engaging public audiences
Moderator: Dr. Iván Arenas, Senior Associate Director of the Institute for Research on Race and Public Policy at UIC
Steve Bynum, DEI manager at WBEZ Chicago
Darcel Rockett, Reporter at the Chicago Tribune
Wendy Wei, Immigration Editor at South Side Weekly

3:15-4:45 Closing Session:
Futures of Engaged Scholarship: UIC Professors with careers of engaged scholarship share lessons learned and visions for the future of public sociology and activist scholarship
Moderator: Dr. Andy Clarno, Associate Professor of Sociology and Black Studies
Dr. Teresa Córdova, Professor of Urban Planning and Policy and Director of the Great Cities Institute
Dr. Anna Romina Guevarra, Professor and Founding Director of Global Asian Studies
Dr. Nicole Nguyen, Associate Professor of Criminology, Law, and Justice
Dr. Nik Theodore, Distinguished Professor of Urban Planning & Policy and Director of the Center for Urban Economic Development
Dr. Stacey Sutton, Associate Professor of Urban Planning and Policy and Director of Applied Research and Strategic Partnerships at the Social Justice Initiative

After the closing session, join us for light refreshments in the third floor reception area of the Behavioral Sciences Building (BSB). BSB is located on the corner of Morgan and Harrison, one block east of the conference. The address is 1007 W. Harrison.  Written directions are located on the back of the program. And conference organizers and signs will help guide you to the reception.


Co-sponsored by: Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Institute for Research on Race and Public Policy, and Social Justice Initiative



Andy Clarno

Date posted

Feb 26, 2024

Date updated

Apr 5, 2024