Dr. Sammie Dortch, Ed.D.


Licensed Clinical Social Worker
University Church

Sammie Dortch, Ed.D, is a licensed Clinical Social Worker. She is the former chair of the Applied Science Department at Harold Washington College, where she also taught gerontology. During her tenure, she received three awards recognizing her as an outstanding educator. 

Dortch has provided leadership for several nonprofit boards, including: President, South Side Community Art Center, the longest continuously surviving black art center (1939) in the country. She is currently an emeritus member of the Center and an advisory committee member of Vivian G. Harsh Society's Board; member of the advisory committee of the Chicago Hyde Park Village, a community-based organization with a focus on neighbors helping neighbors 60 and above to remain in the community; pro bono administrator for an emerging intergenerational ministry of the Chicago Metropolitan Association of the UCC (CMA): Off the Pews into the Streets: A Faith-Based Ministry's Response to Youth Violence. 

Dortch is an active participant on several community advisory committees: University of Chicago Medicine's Adult Health, a work group established to advise UCM on priority health issues related to adult health; Chicago Women Take Action (CWTC) focus on violence and police accountability; and Chicago Area Aging Collaboration (CAC), a group of organizations focused on collecting and sharing resources needed to create and sustain an age friendly Chicago. Dortch also assists CMA congregations with organizational and leadership development training, upon request.

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