2017 Justice Lecture: Participatory Justice

2017 Justice Lecture Abdi Warsame

Engaging the Diversity of Our Communities. Featuring Abdi Warsame, Minneapolis Ward 6 - Council Member

Date & Time:

Friday, March 10, 2017
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM



FREE - Registration required


University of St. Thomas, McNeely Hall, MCH100. 2060 Summit Ave., St. Paul, MN, 55105.  


McNeely Hall Ramp (Building 31 on campus map, ramp entrance M1). Easiest access to the ramp from Finn Street

Abdi Warsame

Participatory Justice: Engaging the Diversity of Our Communities

Join the School of Social Work for the eighth annual Justice Lecture, focused on our 2016-17 annual theme Participatory Justice.*

Featuring Abdi Warsame, Minneapolis Ward 6  - Council Member

Abdi Warsame was born in Somalia and grew up in the United Kingdom of Great Britain where he studied and attained a BSc in Business and a Master’s Degree in International Business. He moved to Minneapolis in 2006, shortly landing a job in the financial sector.

Mr. Warsame was the founder and spokesperson for the Citizen’s Committee for Fair Redistricting, which took part in the redistricting process that aimed to create a more equitable and representative political map of Minneapolis, with the intent to create better opportunities for all residents of the City. The Citizen’s Committee lobbying was a historic success and today’s current map of the City including Wards 6 and 9 are a testament to their hard work.

After emerging as a strong voice in the community, Warsame was urged by friends and neighbors to run for public office. With their support, he was elected to the Minneapolis City Council in November 2013. In winning the seat, Warsame became the first Somali-American elected to the council and the first in the nation to win a municipal election.

Mr. Warsame was the former Board Chair of the Cedar Riverside-Neighborhood Revitalization Program (CR-NRP) as well as the Executive Director of the Riverside Plaza Tenants Association (RPTA).

As a public servant, Warsame focuses on the city’s most pressing issues: Jobs, Housing, Safety, Community Development and Fighting Discrimination. Abdi Warsame is a Somali-American and a practicing Muslim. He lives with his family in the Cedar Riverside neighborhood of Minneapolis.

4:45 pm: Registration and appetizers

5:00 - 7:00 pm: Program and Q&A

* Social Work for Social Justice Principle #9: Participation

All people have a right to participate in the economic, political and cultural life of society. Social justice and human dignity require that all people be assured a minimum level of participation in the community. It is the ultimate injustice for a person or a group to be excluded unfairly. Social workers strive to ensure access to equal opportunity and meaningful participation for all. Social workers empower individuals and groups to influence social policies and institutions and promote social justice. Social workers advocate for change to ensure that all people have equal access to the resources and opportunities required to meet basic needs and develop fully.

Learn more about the St. Kate's - St. Thomas School of Social Work's Social Work for Social Justice: Ten Principles»


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