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Copy of Renita Wright


Renita White is a servant to her community, working in social services for more than 30 years. White works at UCAN, a Chicago-based nonprofit serving at-risk children, as vice president of housing support and workforce development. White also works as a consultant to many agencies and has served on multiple task forces at the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS). She serves as a peer reviewer and technical assistant for the Council on Accreditation (COA), which certifies and ensures best practices for child welfare agencies nationwide, and she sits on the board for the Council for Health and Human Service Ministries. White is a graduate of the University of Chicago’s School of Social Service Administration with a concentration in policy and administration and a member of Delta Sigma Theta Public Service Sorority, Inc. During her time as a Fellow, White will explore two social enterprise ideas. One proposes a multi-sector business approach and offers continued research efforts surrounding dollars spent on printing and copying activities while bringing these resources in-house and serving a social good in the community. The second enterprise idea puts young and older adults from economically disadvantaged communities to work in a viable and nationally growing trade by providing soft skill training.

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