Joint Center Hosts Convening on the Future of Work in Chicago

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Joint Center Hosts Convening on the Future of Work in Chicago

On April 26, 2019, the Joint Center, Comcast NBCUniversal Foundation, and Black Action in Public Policy Studies (a student group at the Harris School of Public Policy at the University of Chicago) hosted a day-long convening at the UChicago to discuss the challenges and solutions for the Black residents in Chicago as it relates to the future of work. Participants, including local workforce boards, community leaders, coding groups, academics, members of both the business and philanthropic sector, and policy students at UChicago, contributed to a critical conversation. For many participants, this conversation was a first of its kind as it brought together front-line leaders from communities across the Chicago-land region with unique perspectives on resource gaps and needs for Black residents in the area. 

The Joint Center's Workforce Policy Director, Harin Contractor, moderated the conversation and break-out sessions that identified current efforts to engage and train Black communities in Chicago and determined potential solutions that are working in the region but need additional resources to scale. A clear need identified among the group was a call for a city-led "resource map," to view current efforts, overlap, and gaps in programs that support training, after-school care, and re-entry initiatives. 

As the Joint Center partnered with students from the University, the Harris School kindly hosted the post-workshop reception to allow students of color to meet and mingle with the participants from the event. 

The convening, “The Future of the Workforce,” is the first of a four-part series that will take place in different cities around the U.S. The Joint Center will collect findings from the workshops and provide action ideas for federal and local leaders based on the input from community leaders.

 

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