Joerika Stitt has spent her career advocating for vulnerable populations in social work and legal aid settings. She received her M.S.W. from UIUC and her law degree from Chicago Kent College of Law. Prior to law school, Joerika worked as a psychiatric social worker with people impacted by poverty, mental illness, and addiction. During law school, she focused her studies on public interest law. Joerika started her legal career at Prairie State Legal Services, during which time she represented low-income and elderly persons in housing and domestic relations matters. At the Shriver Center, Joerika advocates for those who are most impacted by injustice in the housing system by ensuring they can access affordable and safe housing, participate in decision making regarding their housing and communities, and are protected from discrimination based on their race, source of income, and any other protected identity. Joerika’s article, Gun Violence and De Facto Segregation: Could Environmental Discrimination Be Fueling Chicago’s Soaring Gun Violence, was published in the Wake Forest Journal of Law & Policy. In her spare time, Joerika enjoys watching “Dancing with the Stars” with her family and taking walks with her dogs.