August 29, 2016
Anna Pao Sohmen, X‘68, left Hong Kong for Chicago in 1966, arriving with a growing interest in social work and an eagerness to bring about change in conditions the impoverished face.
She enrolled at the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration during a tumultuous time. The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was leading the Chicago Freedom Movement, and Sohmen did a field placement at Olivet Community Center. She witnessed prejudices that undercut opportunities for African American youth, while learning how social work could help address such injustices.