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Governors State to host social justice resource fair Oct. 27



(University Park, Ill.) - On Friday, Oct. 27, Governors State University (GovState), in collaboration with REFORM Alliance and LIVE FREE Illinois, will host Generating Hope: Social Justice Resource Fair. The fair will provide support for students who have been impacted by the criminal justice system, to help remove stigma.

Who:  Dr. Phyllis West, Director of the Social Justice Initiative

What: The first Generating Hope: Social Justice Resource Fair is a free event that will host employers willing to hire people with records, offer free ready-to-wear interview and court attire, inform people on the rights, policies, and laws affecting justice in Illinois, as well as offer information on healing and mental health.  The program also will feature speakers and entertainment.

Admission is free, and parking, continental breakfast, and lunch will be provided. 

When: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 27, 2023

Where: GovState's Hall of Governors, 1 University Parkway, University Park, Ill. 

Why: This fair is the first such Social Justice Resource Fair, named Generating Hope as a part of the re-launch of the organization of the same name, which was co-founded by Jerry Davis El,  who earned his master's degree in Social Work in 2018 and recently won Rising Star award  for distinguished alumni.

Dr. West said the goal of Generating Hope is to provide students with mentors, tutors and other academic support to support the needs of formerly incarcerated students.

“When people have a criminal background,  they want to know they are in a place where they feel a sense of belonging, a sense of membership,” Dr. West said. “We want GovState to be an academic home for them. If you have the determination to improve your quality of life, to learn and to master a skill set, you now have people who can assist you. Support and mentorship can go a long way.”

The event is free but registration is requested. Click here to register. 

Contact: Zion Banks