Right to the City

Are Municipal IDs the Key to Urban Inclusion?

With the launch of CityKey, Chicago became one of many cities around the country that has recently enacted a program to issue municipal ID cards. Although having a valid government-issued ID is necessary for accessing essential institutions and services, many disadvantaged communities—such as African Americans, immigrants, and low-income people—are less likely to have such an ID. As stricter federal and state guidelines have made it more difficult to obtain government-issued ID, cities around the country have stepped in to issue their own municipal ID cards, particularly for vulnerable communities unable to access state and federal IDs. Do these municipal ID programs successfully reach vulnerable populations and increase access to important institutions and services? Join us for a discussion about urban citizenship and inclusion with Chicago public officials and community leaders who designed and implemented the CityKey ID program, and officials from other cities with municipal ID cards.

Join us for a mini-conference focused on municipal identification. A keynote from Anna Valencia, the City Clerk of the City of Chicago, will be followed by panels that explore 1) the origins and implementation of municipal ID programs, featuring government officials; 2) the collaborative nature of CityKey, highlighting community organizations involved in the ID’s design and implementation; and 3) research findings on the first year of CityKey, featuring SSA professors Angela García, Yanilda González, and Marci Ybarra in conversation with professor Abigail Fisher Williamson (Trinity College) on the question of how and why cities attempt to foster local inclusion.


May 2, 2019: Right to the City: Are Municipal IDs the Key to Urban Inclusion?
SSA Lobby, 969 E. 60th St. Chicago, IL 60637

CityKey Chicago municipal ID mobile enrollment site: 9 am - 1 pm.
Open to the public and no registration necessary.
Visit the City of Chicago website to view the documents required to receive the CityKey ID.

Panel Discussion: 2:00 - 5:00 pm, with a keynote from Anna M. Valencia, City Clerk of Chicago.
Please register for the panel.

A reception will follow.

For questions about accessibility, to request an accommodation, or for questions about the event, please contact events@ssa.uchicago.edu or call 773.702.9700.


Sponsored by: The University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration (SSA), Pozen Family Center for Human Rights, Mansueto Institute for Urban Innovation, Harris School of Public Policy, Office of Civic Engagement, Chicago Center for Contemporary Theory (3CT), Office of Multicultural Student Affairs (OMSA), Chicago Studies, Center for the Study of Race, Politics and Culture (CSRPC), and the Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality (CSGS).

This event is associated with a Pozen Center-supported faculty project. Read more here.