Looking for ways to support or get involved with the upEND Movement? Here are FIVE ways that YOU can get involved and help us to co-create this effort.


As a nation we forcibly separate children from their families on a routine basis. Racism has both motivated policies that separate children from their parents and it has been institutionalized in the systems that carry out these policies and other harmful practices that police and surveil Black, Native, and, in many jurisdictions, Latinx families and communities.

Join the Center for the Study of Social Policy and the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work on October 20-21, 2020 from 1-4PM ET for the inaugural convening of the newly launched upEND Movement, where we will bring together organizers, activists, scholars, and community leaders to have provocative conversations and strategize innovative ways to create a society in which the forcible separation of children from their families is no longer an acceptable solution for families in need.

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Abby Abinanti, Yurok Chief Judge
  • Ned Breslin, Chief Executive Officer, Tennyson Center
  • Leonard Burton, CSSP Senior Fellow
  • Leon D. Caldwell, Ph.D., Founder and Managing Partner, Ujima Developers
  • Kimm R. Campbell, MSW, LCSW, Broward County Assistant County Administrator
  • Priscilla Day, MSW, Ed.D., Professor, Social Work and Principal Investigator, Center for Regional and Tribal Child Welfare Studies
  • Alan Dettlaff, Dean, University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work
  • Cheryl Fairbanks, Interim Executive Director of the UNM Native American Budget and Policy Institute
  • Alan-Michael Graves, Ph.D., Director of National Programs, Good+Foundation
  • Tymber Hudson, Youth Organizer
  • Judith Meltzer, President, CSSP
  • Joyce McMillan, Parent Advocate and Founder, PLAN (Parent Legislative Action Network)
  • Maya Pendleton, Policy Analyst, CSSP
  • Lisa Sangoi, Co-Founder and Co-Director, Movement for Family Power (Opening Keynote)
  • Hon. William A. Thorne, Former Tribal and State Court Judge (Trial and Appellate)
  • Kristen Weber, Director, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice, CSSP

Be sure to follow us on Twitter @upENDmovement for all the latest!