Keep the Fire Burning at the Alumni & Friends Celebration on May 2, 2019! The festivities begin at 5:30 p.m. at UIC Student Center East.

Join colleagues and friends to rekindle our shared passion for social work and social justice, and to celebrate individuals who have made significant contributions to the field.

You’ll catch up with old friends and make new ones at a reception featuring live music, hors d’oeuvres, and a wine and beer bar.

alumni reconnecting
alumni laughing

Then it’s coffee, dessert and a program featuring remarks from the 2019 recipient of the Social Justice Ally Award, Esther Franco-Payne, Executive Director of Cabrini Green Legal Aid.

With a long career in violence prevention and criminal justice advocacy, Ms. Franco-Payne’s personal commitment has been to serve as a voice for underserved communities of color. Growing up on Chicago’s south side, she understands the issues that permeate communities impacted by crime, poverty and disinvestment. She is a long-time advocate who has engaged the public in the development of effective criminal justice and juvenile justice policies and continues to educate the community about issues related to exposure to trauma, violence prevention, and criminal justice reform.

Esther Francp-Payne
Esther Franco-Payne, Executive Director of Cabrini Green Legal Aid

We look forward to seeing you on Thursday, May 2, to
Keep The Fire Burning!

Tickets will go on sale soon!

Sponsorships are now available. If you wish to become a sponsor, please contact Jackie Bonavia, our Director of Advancement, at or (312) 413-2305.

Brief Recap of Last Year’s Celebration:

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