COVID-19 Conversation Recordings

Throughout the month of May CAAIP hosted discussions with Chicago leaders in education, workforce development and philanthropy to share current challenges and responses to COVID-19. To view these conversations, please view the recordings below. 

Ensuring Access to Education During COVID-19

Hear from Elizabeth Todd-Breland, University of Illinois at Chicago professor and Chicago Board of Education member along with Francie Richards, Executive Director and Johanna Wheaton, Director of Major Gifts at the Children First Fund to learn about the current state of education in Chicago and opportunities to address the challenges COVID-19 poses to students.  Please use the following password to access the recording: 1p=&X&.+

The Impact of COVID-19 Response Funds

Hear a conversation with representatives from COVID-19 response funds to learn about how these efforts are working to bring resources to our communities. The featured response funds and guest speakers include:

  • Arts for Illinois Relief Fund: Geoffrey Banks, Program Officer, MacArthur Foundation
  • Illinois COVID-19 Response Fund: Sharon Bush, Executive Director, Grand Victoria Foundation
  • Chicago COVID-19 Response Fund: Anna Lee, Director of Community Impact, The Chicago Community Trust

Please use the following password to access the recording: 5j#Oa8%8

A Call to Action for Illinois’ Black Communities

Join Chicago African Americans in Philanthropy, Grand Victoria Foundation, Pritzker Family Foundation, and Woods Fund Chicago for a critical conversation about the impact of COVID-19 on Illinois’ African American communities and learn about immediate actions that can be taken to help support advocacy for these communities.

Featured speakers: 

  • Dr. Ngozi Ezike, Director, Illinois Department of Public Health
  • Nina Harris, CEO, Springfield Urban League 
  • Patrice James, Director of Community Justice, Shriver Center on Poverty Law 
  • Sharone Mitchell, Director, Illinois Justice Project 
  • Dr. Sameer Vohra, Chair, Department of Population Science and Policy, Southern Illinois University 
  • Kate Walz, Vice President of Advocacy, Shriver Center on Poverty Law

Please use the following password to access the recording: COVID19IL!

COVID-19 and the Future of Work

Hear a conversation on how COVID-19 has impacted our local job market and the future of workforce development with Ayom Siengo, Vice President of Community and Strategic Partnerships and Daniel Cervantes, Senior Vice President of Programs at Skills for Chicagoland’s Future. Ayom and Daniel discuss how the social sector can support an effective response that connects our community to resources and opportunities for employment.

Please use the following password to access the recording: 8S#2+0+$