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Race and Social Equity (RASE) Fall Forum 2021

Information about the 2021 Charlotte Race and Social Equity Fall Forum hosted by the Race and Social Equity Academy (RASE) and J. Murrey Atkins Library

Houseless Close to Home: Stories from Our Own Backyard

Wednesday, November 17, 12:00pm - 1:30pm

Free Virtual Event - Registration Required

Registration Form

The School of Social Work will provide 1.5 contact hours for this event. Certificates will be sent following the event.                                                                                                                   

  2021 Charlotte Race and Social Equity Fall Forum

 Keynote Speaker: Tony Peek            


Tony Peek, BSW, UNC Charlotte former student, entrepreneur, social worker, and motivational speaker                                        


Panelists: Courtney LaCaria, Deronda Metz and Hannah-Marie Warfle,

Courtney LaCaria, Mecklenburg County, Housing and Homelessness Research Coordinator for Community
Support Services

Deronda Metz, Salvation Army, Director of Social Services

Hannah-Marie Warfle, Salvation Army, Co-Chair of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Homeless Services Network Advocacy Committee & Salvation Army Emergency Shelter Social Worker

Panel Moderator:  Dr. Michelle Vance


Dr. Michelle Vance, Assistant Professor of Social Work, UNC Greensboro/North Carolina Agricultural and Technical University

About the Event:
The UNC Charlotte Race and Social Equity Fall Forum is hosted in collaboration with the Atkins Library. The purpose of this forum is to address racial and social equity issues as it relates to being unhoused. Attendees will hear directly from an alum who experienced being houseless as a student, barriers faced and endured, and tentative solutions. A panel discussion will feature local leaders who will share innovative strategies to eliminate the number of people being unhoused. Ultimately, attendees will be equipped with information and knowledge about how to advocate and support this population.

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When posting about the event to social media, you can use this hashtag: #houselessclosetohome

About RASE

The Race and Social Equity Academy (RASE) fosters the scholarship of practice and research focused on advancing racial and social parities within the community. Along with empirical scholarship, race dialogue will be supported through intellectual discourse, bringing together thought leaders in our community representing a variety of perspectives on race and social equity matters.