Women Making Change 2017-05-24T14:18:38+00:00

Saturday, March 25, 2017  
6-8:30 pm

Unitarian Church of Evanston
1330 Ridge Ave. Evanston, IL

Register Here – $5 Suggested Donation


Let’s celebrate Women’s History Month with dinner, conversation and a question:

What can we learn from the stories of black women in Evanston about the way forward?

Dinner and program begin at 6pm.

Sponsored by Shorefront Legacy Center, YWCA Evanston-Northshore, Curt’s Café, Family Focus and Unitarian Church of Evanston

Speakers will include:

Historian Dr. Cheryl Johnson-Odim
Morris (Dino) Robinson of Shorefront Legacy Center
JoAnn Avery, Program Manager for Family Focus
Karli Butler, Social Service Provider for Curt’s Café

All are welcome
Free Childcare if registered by March 17


Dr. Cheryl Johnson-Odim
Dr. Cheryl Johnson-Odim was most recently Provost and History Professor at Dominican University in River Forest, Illinois. She has also been Dean of Arts and Sciences  at Columbia College Chicago and Chair of the History  Department at Loyola University. She has served on the boards of the American Council of Learned Societies, the African Studies Association, the Illinois Humanities Council and is currently Chair of the Board of  the Higher Learning  Commission. She is author or co-author of three books and numerous chapters in books and articles in scholarly journals.



Morris (Dino) Robinson
Morris (Dino) Robinson is the Production Manager at Northwestern University Press and is the founder of Shorefront, an organization he pioneered in 1995. Within Shorefront, he has written three books, produces the Shorefront Journal (1999 – present), hosted dozens of lectures and has assembled several subject specific traveling exhibits. He is past Board President of the Evanston History Center, Evanston Neighborhood Conference and Co-founder of the Organization of Black Designers, Chicago Chapter (now Osmosis). Dino has appeared on WTTW Chicago Tonight, Channel 7 and 5 evening news, various local Cable Access TV, WBEZ, WNUA and WNUR radio, Chicago Tribune Magazine, The Chicago Reader and various local North Shore publications. Dino, through Shorefront, is the recipient of several awards, the most recent being the “Award for Excellence” from the Illinois Association of Museums and the “Diversity Award” from the Society of American Archivists.




JoAnn Avery
JoAnn Avery holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Human Services, from Kendal College, and a Masters Degree in Human Services Administration from Spertus Institute. She is also a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. JoAnn has worked in the field of youth development for over 40 years. She has worked at Weissbourd-Holmes Family Focus Community Center for the past 35 years and is currently the After School Program and Community Programs Manager. She facilitates a Grandparents Raising Grandchildren support group, a group called G.I.R.L.S. (Girls In Real Life Situations) at ETHS, and a girl’s group at Family Focus called “Girls Rule the World” for 3rd-5th graders. Her mission is to empower, expose, and educate youth to their fullest potential. She refuses to call youth “at-risk” but refers to them as “at-promise” because all youth has promise. JoAnn has been married for 25 years and has a daughter who is a junior at Howard University


Karli Butler
Karli is a proud alumna of DePaul University and she holds not only a Bachelor of Arts in Communication, but also a Master of Arts in Organizational and Multicultural Communication, incorporating that acumen when speaking to her different audiences. In addition to her academic degrees, she is a certified peer supporter of the University of Chicago Hospital’s Survivors Offering Assistance in Recovery program and a trained circle keeper (or facilitator) with Restorative Justice Evanston and the Evanston Police Department. Karli is now working  as a social service provider with Curt’s Café, a non-profit organization that provides training, in food service and life skills, for  youth in Evanston.