The evolution of housing equity as a civil right is this year’s theme for Illinois Wesleyan University’s annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Teach-In on Monday, Jan. 15 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Hansen Student Center. The Teach-In is free and open to the public.
Schedule of Events:
1 p.m. – The first hour will feature IWU alums, Lindsey Haines ’10 and Daniel Sherrod ’03, who have careers in housing justice. Haines is the Vice President of Real Estate Development at Full Circle Communities, Inc. in Chicago. Full Circle Communities is a non-profit organization that strives to expand access to quality affordable housing through preservation and development. As a student Haines served on the West Bloomington Revitalization Project board and coordinated a housing summit which produced the “Adopt a Block” program that is still being used on the west side.
Sherrod is the Director of Public Housing for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Prior to working at HUD, Sherrod was the CEO of The Sherrod Group, LLC, a contracting and construction company he founded. The Sherrod Group worked with public housing residents to provide them with job skills and opportunities for the future. Sherrod grew up in Cabrini Green, a Chicago neighborhood known for its gangs and violence. As a high school student, Sherrod became involved in the Cabrini Connections Tutor/Mentor program, where one of his tutors, an Illinois Wesleyan alumnus, encouraged him to apply to the university.
2 p.m.– The second hour will be a panel of local and regional fair housing activists moderated by WGLT’s Judy Valente. Valente recently produced a four-part series Landlord vs Tenant that examined the ongoing issues related to fair housing and housing discrimination in the Bloomington-Nor
3 p.m. – The third hour will close with keynote speaker Teresa Haley. Haley is the Illinois State NAACP President. Haley will discuss the major initiatives that the NAACP of Illinois is currently working on and how the NAACP is responding to the current political and cultural climate. She will also discuss Dr. King’s work with housing justice and how access to affordable, safe housing in area