Anjanette Young: Social Workers as Frontline Workers in the Pandemic of Social and Racial Injustices

Date / Time

March 30, 2022

4:00 pm - 5:15 pm


Dean Creasie Finney Hairston cordially invites you to the 27th Karen J. Honig Memorial Lecture
Wednesday, March 30
4-5:15 p.m.

Social Workers as Frontline Workers in the Pandemic of Social and Racial Injustices

Sponsored by the Jane Addams College of Social Work
Co-sponsored by the Jane Addams Center for Social Policy and Research

Please join us for this virtual presentation by Anjanette Young, MSW, LCSW, a UIC Jane Addams College of Social Work alumna who has worked with individuals, children and families in the Chicago area, and has risen to recent prominence as an unflinching activist and advocate for reform related to the conduct of police raids.

From her experience as a social work practitioner and a survivor of police violence, Young will speak about the critical role social workers play as frontline responders.

There is no charge to attend but registration is required. Registration closes at noon Tuesday, March 29.

Speaker biography:

Anjanette Young, MSW, LCSW, is a graduate of the Jane Addams College of Social Work at the University of Illinois Chicago. She obtained her Master of Social Work degree in 2015, with a concentration in mental health.

Young has worked for many years with individuals, children, and families in the Chicago area. She is experienced in mental health interventions and crisis management, and her clinical lens is guided by an extensive knowledge of brief cognitive behavioral therapeutic and trauma-informed care.

In February 2019, Young was the victim of a wrong and botched police raid, during which police battered their way into her apartment and subjected her to humiliating treatment. Subsequently, she has been an unflinching advocate who has tirelessly sought justice not only for herself, but for all people impacted by police raids and excessive use of force.

Young’s professional work, advocacy and passion for people have deep roots in her family history. Her grandmother was a civil rights activist who fought for justice and equity and marched with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. She is devoted to carrying on that family legacy of advancing social justice and to raising the bar for police accountability.

She is also President and CEO of Café Social Work, an organization born from her own journey of forging a career without the benefit of mentorship. Through her organization, Young is able to give back to her community and offer her life experiences to assist future social workers in walking a more intentional path.

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