Woodlawn Summit 2013

The Fourth Annual Woodlawn Community Summit was held on the University of Chicago campus on April 27, 2013

  • Judge Greg Mathis, nationally syndicated TV show judge and advocate for equal justice, was the keynote speaker at the Fourth Annual Woodlawn Community Summit held on the University of Chicago campus on April 27, 2013.

  • The Fourth Annual Woodlawn Community Summit drew record participation with 260 registrants.

  • The Fourth Annual Woodlawn Community Summit drew record participation with 260 registrants.

  • The Honorable Judge Greg Mathis, Chicago Police Department Deputy Chief Wayne Guiliford, 20th Ward Ald. Willie Cochran, Pastor Corey Brooks, and Dr. Byron T. Brazier were speakers at the Fourth Annual Woodlawn Community Summit.

  • A Woodlawn Community Summit participant poses a question.

  • Sonya Malunda, Senior Associate Vice President for Civic Engagement at the University of Chicago, greets participants at the 2013 Woodlawn Community Summit.

  • SECC Executive Director Wendy Williams, SECC board member Danita Childers, and a Woodlawn resident field questions from participants during the opening plenary session.

  • SECC Board Chair Shirley Newsome, SECC Executive Director Wendy Williams, SECC board member Liz Gardner, the Honorable Judge Greg Mathis, and Woodlawn Community Summit organizer Deidre McGraw

  • Speakers during a breakout session on economic development included Pierre Clark and Laura Lane, co-directors of the Woodlawn Broadband Expansion Partnership; Robert Jennings, executive vice president of Gigabit Squared; Kendra N. Smith of the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning; and 20th Ward Ald. Willie Cochran.

  • Charles Campbel, principal of Walter H. Dyett High School, moderated a breakout session on education.

  • Commander Glenn Evans of the Chicago Police Department 3rd District speaking at a breakout session on crime prevention and public safety; seated: Cortez Trotter, executive director of the Woodlawn Public Safety Alliance, and Latisha Thomas, founder and CEO of I am We

  • Charemi Jones, a law enforcement instructor at the City of Chicago, led a breakout session for youth participants.

  • SECC board member Liz Gardner and the winner of two tickets to a taping of the Judge Mathis television show

  • Summit participants voted among four options for banners to represent Woodlawn. The selected banner will be displayed on Cottage Grove Avenue as a part of the SECC Business District Improvement initiative.

  • Dawn Mann Charles, publicist for the Woodlawn Community Summit, with husband, Brent Charles, and son, Owen

  • Dr. Byron T. Brazier, pastor of Apostolic Church of God, and James Kenady, Program Manager for the South East Chicago Commission

  • Sonya Eldridge and Raymonde Vance of the South East Chicago Commission


Judge Greg Mathis, nationally syndicated television judge and an advocate for equal justice, was the keynote speaker for the Fourth Annual Woodlawn Community Summit held on the University of Chicago campus on April 27, 2013. The annual summit is organized by the South East Chicago Commission (SECC), the Woodlawn Neighbors Association, and the Kenwood Pointe Homeowners Association. This year’s topics included economic development, crime prevention, and youth engagement.