NORTH NEWTON, KAN. Bethel College welcomes Arvis Averette, social worker and professor of economics and social work, to campus to deliver the convocation address. His speech, "The New World Order: How It Affects Human and Civil Rights," will be at 11 a.m. on Monday, March 29 in Krehbiel Auditorium of the Fine Arts Center on the North Newton campus. Admission is free and open to the public. Averette comes to Bethel College in conjunction with representatives from the Urban Life Center, a Chicago-based program that provides college students with opportunities to experience urban issues first-hand. While participating in the Urban Life Center, students take a tour of Chicago’s south side, led by Averette. Known for his no-nonsense attitude, Averette addresses many issues encompassing racism and economic inequality.
Holding a master’s degree in social work administration and economics from the University of Chicago, Averette recently served as president and CEO of Dearborn Homes Community Development Corporation, an 800-unit public housing community that has been called a national role model for economic development. He currently chairs the economics department at Columbia College. Averette is also a consultant for Woodlawn East Community and Neighbors (WECAN), a social service agency working for employment, housing and education on the south side of Chicago.