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OVCDEI Co-Sponsored Events and Programs

2020 – 2021

Native Artist Residency Program – Krannert Art Museum

The Native Artist Residency Program is part of the KAM Native Artist series. Initiated in 2020, the KAM Native Artist series connects contemporary Native artists and their practice to KAM exhibitions, collections, and research and dovetails with curricula for undergraduate and graduate students across campus. The series offers public lectures, performances, and sustain engagement with students through studio visits, classroom workshops, and informal conversations at Native American House, American Indian Studies, and the museum. The series is designed for critical reflection and will present a vibrant and complex set of discussions around contemporary Native American visual culture.

2019 – 2020

Small Business Growth Program COVID 19 Consultant – Polsky Center, University of Chicago

Considering the current economic crisis affecting many small businesses across the South, West Sides of Chicago, and the Champaign-Urbana areas, the Polsky Center is expanding what has worked well historically – bringing students, the University, and small businesses together for personalized growth consulting – with a new lens and urgency. Working with 5 MBA consulting leads and 10 other undergraduate and graduate students, the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation proposes to complete personalized growth consulting and analysis with 15-25 small businesses from the South and West Sides of Chicago and Champaign-Urbana during the summer of 2020. 

Learn more about the Polsky Center Small Business Growth Program at the University of Chicago.

Community-Academic Scholars for Health Equity Initiative – IHSI

The Community-Academic Scholars for Health Equity program, sponsored by the Interdisciplinary Health Sciences Institute, in partnership with the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion and the College of Education, empowers up to five promising undergraduates to pursue community-based projects focused on issues in health disparities.

Program Page: Community-Academic Scholars for Health Equity Initiative

The Polsky Small Business Growth Program supports small business owners to help them grow and scale their businesses through consulting work completed by top University of Chicago and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign student talent under the direction and support of Polsky staff and external coaches.

Virtual Poverty Discussion Series – A Call to Action: Confronting Poverty – School of Social Work

May 2020 via Zoom

A three-part virtual series sponsored by the School of Social Work about the impact of poverty on the well-being of those in need.

View the Poverty Discussion Series Flyer (PDF)

Native Artist Series – Artist Conversation: Native North American Art Now – Krannert Art Museum

Talk — March 5, 2020 at Krannert Art Museum

Event Page: Native North America Art Now

A conversation about contemporary scholarly, artistic, and curatorial practice — featuring exhibiting artist Naomi Bebo (Menominee and Ho-Chunk Nations), artist Andrea Carlson (Ojibwe Nation), and curator Candice Hopkins (Tlingit First Nation).

Co-moderated by Jenny Davis, Chancellor’s Fellow of Indigenous Research and Ethics and Assistant Professor of Anthropology and American Indian Studies; and Amy L. Powell, curator of Modern and Contemporary Art

Watch Native North American Art Now on YouTube