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Realities, Revelations, and Recovery:

Surviving and Thriving Through 2020


OCTOBER 19-21, 2021

Join the Social Development Commission and our community partners for the 2021 Summit on Poverty. Due to COVID-19, we will offer virtual and (limited) in-person options for attendees. Every year, we take a look at poverty from different perspectives. We explore new ways to knock down the four barriers that keep people in poverty: Trauma, Cognitive Dissonance, Ism’s, and Policy & Systems.

2020 showed us, like never before, how these barriers impact life and contribute to social injustice, health disparities, and economic inequality that many will continue to experience for years to come.

Let’s continue to disrupt the status quo.

We need your ideas. We need your solutions.

We look forward to seeing you this year for another transformative summit.

Workshop Presenter


The Social Development Commission (SDC) and its coalition partners have begun planning for the 2021 Summit on Poverty. Our goal is to expand learning, engagement and advocacy by providing virtual and in-person access to community action agencies, human service, government and education professionals nationwide as we address our conference theme: 

Realities, Revelations, & Recovery: Surviving & Thriving Through the Year 2020

2020 was a tough year. 

We experienced the COVID-19 global pandemic, an economic crisis and heightened realities of racial and economic disparities. The theme for the 2021 Summit on Poverty examines evidence-based strategies and the latest tools for exposing and disrupting the experience of poverty. The Summit on Poverty will also address barriers that impact people in vulnerable communities. 

In addition, the Summit on Poverty will highlight the challenges many service providers faced attempting to pivot and respond effectively to the most vulnerable members of community who are currently living the experience of poverty. Specifically, we will aim to highlight examples of how we collectively responded during this time of crisis. 

Participants will be challenged to examine the national, regional and local systems at play and consider how these shape policies and our collective response. By drawing attention to the structural underpinnings of poverty, we believe a well-informed and intellectually honest discussion can take place and help lead to impactful change. 

Preparations are well underway, and you can help make the 2021 summit successful. 

We would like you to join us in this effort by submitting your workshop presentation on best practices and thought-provoking ideas which consider our conference theme.