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Are Municipal IDs the Key to Urban Inclusion?

With the launch of CityKey, Chicago became one of many cities around the country that has recently enacted a program to issue municipal ID cards. As stricter federal and state guidelines have made it more difficult to obtain a government-issued ID, cities around the country have stepped in to issue their own municipal ID cards, particularly for vulnerable communities unable to access state and federal IDs. Do these municipal ID programs successfully reach vulnerable populations and increase access to important institutions and services? SSA will host a panel discussion to answer this question and about urban citizenship and inclusion with Chicago public officials and community leaders who designed and implemented the CityKey ID program, as well as officials from other cities with municipal ID cards. Community members who would like to get a Chicago CityKey may enroll during a Community Enrollment event in the morning from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the School of Social Service Administration Lobby. This event was organized by School of Social Service Administration professors Marci Ybarra, Angela Garcia, and Yanilda Gonzalez.

This event is part of UChicago Innovation Fest 2019, a month-long celebration of pioneering discovery and entrepreneurial endeavors at the University of Chicago. Organized by the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, the series of events, workshops and accelerator programs, including the globally recognized Edward L. Kaplan, ’71, New Venture Challenge, highlights the breadth and impact of innovation at UChicago in the areas of entrepreneurship and research commercialization, scientific advancements, and social and global impact. This year’s Innovation Fest will take place May 1-June 9, 2019. For more information, visit innofest.uchicago.edu.

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