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Dorothy I. Burge

Dorothy I. Burge (Program Director) holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Industrial Design and a Master of Arts in Urban Planning and Policy, with a specialization in Housing and Community Development. Both degrees were awarded from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Ms. Burge joined the faculty of the ACM Urban Studies Program in 1991. Currently she is Chicago Program Director and Internship Coordinator. The internship component offers placements to students in many disciplines and provides work experiences in over 350 non-profit and governmental agencies. She also teaches seminars on systematic racism, criminal justice, and social problems.

Ms. Burge is a native of Chicago. She has lived throughout the city and has been active on a number of community issues, bringing over 40 years of work and volunteer experience into her academic and applied research. She started her career at the University of Illinois at Chicago’s campus. There she held the position of Assistant Director of the Voorhees Center for Neighborhood and Community Improvement. In this capacity, she worked on issues of community empowerment with residents of public housing and historic preservation in the community now known as “Bronzeville.”

Ms. Burge also worked for the United Way of Chicago as a program consultant and provided technical assistance and consultation services to over 200 agencies with organizational development issues. Her unit received an award for its consultation practices from the United Way of America.

Ms. Burge conducts a number of workshops for a wide variety of audiences, including colleges, high schools, student organizations, social service agencies, and religious and community-based organizations. Workshop and speaking topics include team building, organizational development issues in non-profit organizations, cultural competency, anti-racism, and the criminal justice system. She is known for her interactive style that provides theory and validates the life experiences of the participants. Ms. Burge is recognized as an Outstanding Young Woman of America and is a member of several organizations that address human rights and social justice issues, including restorative justice, police accountability, reparations for police torture survivors, and social justice art.