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Baruch College Hosting Social Equity Leadership Conference June 12-13

The National Academy of Public Administration sponsored event will explore ways that states and localities can address inequality in the face of fiscal austerity

Baruch College’s Austin W. Marxe School of Public and International Affairs will host a two-day Social Equity Leadership Conference on June 12-13 sponsored by the National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA). The theme of this year’s conference is “Promoting Equality in an Age of Austerity: The Role for State and Local Governments.”

This year’s annual conference will focus on best practices designed to achieve racial, gender, economic, and other forms of equity in the current climate of reduced federal budgets. The conference will explore ways that states and localities, working through government and alongside nonprofit partners, can feasibly address inequality in the face of persistent fiscal austerity.

“This national conference shares best practices in achieving social equity and highlights outstanding projects developed at the state and local levels from around the nation,” said David Birdsell, PhD, Dean of the Marxe School of Public and International Affairs at Baruch College. “States and localities have long been the crucibles of policy innovation; at this year’s Social Equity Leadership Conference, we aim to make sure that the best, most portable and most scalable solutions get the attention they deserve from government and nonprofit leaders everywhere.”

The Ford Foundation provided $30,000 to help support the conference.

Baruch College President Mitchel B. Wallerstein will open the conference with welcoming remarks. Terry Gerton, President, NAPA; Xavier de Souza Briggs, Vice President, The Ford Foundation; and Dean Birdsell will provide additional introductory remarks.

Conference Speakers and Sessions

The Social Equity Leadership Conference will feature the following keynote speakers:  

Cristina Jimenez, executive director and co-founder of United We Dream; recently named as one of the most influential people of 2018 by Time. Jimenez holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the Marxe School.

Bruce J. Katz, co-founder of New Localism Advisors

Marc H. Morial, president and chief executive officer of the National Urban League

Jeremy Nowak, distinguished visiting fellow from Drexel University

J. Phillip Thompson, deputy mayor of New York City

Breakout sessions will examine, in detail, best practices gleaned from city and state governments, successful nonprofit organizations focused on human services, and academic research. These sessions will also concentrate on key substantive inequality concerns, such as workers right and workforce development, international migration and human rights, and areas showing promise for other cities and states.

A full list of the speakers and events is available here.

To register for the NAPA Social Equity Leadership conference, visit here.  

If you are part of the Baruch community and wish to attend the conference, please contact

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