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The Social Equity Leadership Conference (SELC) is co-sponsored by the Standing Panel on Social Equity in Governance of the National Academy of Public Administration and hosted by the Austin W. Marxe School of Public and International Affairs.

This 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. Plenary speakers will address broad themes and promising practices. Breakout sessions will examine in detail best practices gleaned from city and state governments, successful nonprofit organizations focused on human services, and academic research. Sessions will also focus 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.
[In the program below, NAPA Fellows are indicated with an asterisk *]

Day 1: June 12
8:00am – 9:00am Registration & Breakfast

9:00am – 9:30am Welcome & Introductory Remarks

  • Mitchel B. Wallerstein*, President, Baruch College

  • Teresa Gerton*, President, NAPA

  • Xavier de Souza Briggs*, Vice President, The Ford Foundation

  • David S. Birdsell*, Marxe Dean, Austin W. Marxe School of Public & International Affairs

9:30am – 10:30am Opening Plenary Session
The New Localism: How Cities Can Thrive in an Era of Populism:
Bruce J. Katz, Co-Founder of New Localism Advisors, and Jeremy Nowak, Distinguished Visiting Fellow at Drexel University's Lindy Institute for Urban Innovation, creator of The Reinvestment Fund, and former chair of the Board of the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia

10:30am – 11:00am Break & Meet with Authors

11:00am – 11:45am Carl W. Stenberg, Distinguished Professor of Public Administration & Government, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill: “Is Dillon Trumping Home Rule? Local Government in the Surge of State Preemption”

11:45am – 12:30pm Jim Malatras, President, Rockefeller Institute of Government, “For Many, is College out of Reach? Exploring Scalable Innovative State Programs to Close the College Access Gap”

12:30pm – 12:45pm Break

12:45pm – 1:45pm Lunch
Keynote Luncheon Address; the Hon. Marc Morial*, President & CEO, National Urban League

1:45pm – 2:00pm Break

2:00pm – 5:00pm Equality Indicators: A Tool for Local Government
The Equality Indicators is a comprehensive tool developed by the CUNY Institute for State and Local Governance (ISLG) to help cities advance data-driven policies and practices to reduce disparities in their areas of greatest concern (e.g., economy, education, health) and increase transparency and accountability. ISLG piloted the tool in New York City in 2015, and in 2017 expanded the project to develop customized tools in five new cities: Dallas, Oakland, Pittsburgh, St. Louis, and Tulsa. During this plenary session, ISLG will be joined by leadership from four of the five cities to discuss their cities’ policy priorities and how they plan to use these tools to promote greater equality or equity.

Introduction to ISLG and the Equality Indicators

  • Michael Jacobson, Executive Director, CUNY Institute for State and Local Governance

  • Victoria Lawson, Senior Research Associate, CUNY Institute for State and Local Governance

Using Data to Move the Needle on Equality/Equity in Local Government, Andrea Batista Schlesinger, HR&A Advisors, Moderator

  • DeVon Douglass, Chief Resilience Officer, Tulsa

  • Nicole Hudson, Deputy Mayor for Racial Equity and Priority Initiatives, St. Louis

  • Theresa O’Donnell, Chief Resilience Officer, Dallas

  • Ricardo Williams, Manager of Equity and Inclusion, Office of the Mayor, City of Pittsburgh

5:00pm – 5:30pm Break

5:30pm – 6:30pm Reception
Held in room 14-220

Day 2: June 13
8:30am – 9:15am Breakfast

9:15am – 9:30am Plenary Introductions
Blue Wooldridge*, Chair, NAPA Standing Panel on Social Equity

9:30am – 10:45am Keynote Address
J. Phillip Thompson, Professor at MIT and Deputy Mayor for Strategic Policy Initiatives for New York City
How States, Local Governments, and Nonprofit Agencies Might Address Future Challenges: A Focus Upon New York City

10:45am – 11:00am Break

11:00am – 12:15pm Breakout Sessions

  • Worker’s Rights & the Challenge of Workforce Development, Professor Hector Cordero Guzman, Chair

    • Thea M. Lee, President of the Economic Policy Institute

    • Valeria Treves, Director of LIFT Fund at Solidago Foundation

    • Lorelei Salas, Commissioner of the New York City Department of Consumer Affairs

  • International Migration – Working Towards Immigrant Inclusion with State, Localities and Organizations, Professor Robert Smith, Chair

    • Walter Barrientos, Organizational Director, Make the Road New York

    • Manuel Castro, Executive Director, New Immigrant Community Empowerment

  • Building Equity Through Nonprofits: Evidence-Based Practices in New York, David Birdsell*, Marxe Dean, Austin W. Marxe School of Public & International Affairs, Chair

    • Fatima A. Shama, Executive Director of the Fresh Air Fund

    • Daniel Rabuzzi, Executive Director of MOUSE

    • Alison Overseth, Executive Director of PASE

  • Still a Lack of LGBT Rights in the 21stCentury Workplace
    Richard Greggory Johnson III*, Prof., University of San Francisco,

    • “LGBT Businesses and Workplace Equality: A Community Imperative”
      - Wallace Swan, Lecturer of Public Administration, Hamline University

    • “Culture and Experience: LGBT Public Sector Employees in Predominantly Conservative Local
      Government Agencies”
      - Sean McCandless, Assistant Professor of Public Administration, University of Illinois-Springfield

    • “LGBT Employees of Color and the Double Whammy”
      - Richard Greggory Johnson III*, Professor, University of San Francisco

    • “Who Counts in American Society: Evaluating the 2020 US Census”
      - Lorenda Naylor, Associate Professor, University of Baltimore College of Public Affairs

12:15pm – 12:30pm Break

12:30pm – 1:30pm Lunch & Keynote
Cristina Jimenez: Executive Director and Co-Founder of United We Dream: and 2017 MacArthur Fellow

1:30pm – 1:45pm Break

1:45pm – 3:00pm Breakout Sessions

  • Social Equity and Local Law Enforcement
    - Heather Wyatt-Nichol, Associate Professor, University of Baltimore College of Public Affairs

    “Law Enforcement and Minority Students: Culturally Responsive Teaching”
    - Evangula Brown, Investigator, Baltimore City Office of Civil Rights & Wage Enforcement Civilian Review Board
    “Helping Others 2 Win: A Women’s Centered Program in a New Era”
    - Renita L. Seabrook, Associate Professor, University of Baltimore College of Public Affairs
    “Social Equity in Baltimore City: Decreasing Recidivism through Interdisciplinary Research””
    - Randy Williams, Retired Police Sergeant, Baltimore County Police
    “Promoting Social Equity through Transparency and Accountability: A Case Study of the Baltimore Police Department”
    - Heather Wyatt-Nichol, Associate Professor, University of Baltimore College of Public Affairs

  • Innovative Roles for the Chief Diversity Officer in Public Organizations, Michael Massiah*, Chief of Diversity & Inclusion, The Port Authority of NY & NJ, Chair

    - Dean Arlene Torres, City University of New York
    - Lourdes Zapata, Chief Diversity Officer, Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo
    - Michael Garner, Chief Diversity Officer, Metropolitan Transportation Authority

  • Perspectives on Institutions and Equity
    - Angelina S. Delgado, Senior Director of Finance and Administration, Marxe School of Public & International Affairs

    “Incorporating Social Equity into MPA Policy Analysis Classes”
    - Sean McCandless, Assistant Professor, University of Illinois-Springfield
    “Increasing Representation of Minorities and Women in Highway Construction Jobs: How State Departments of Transportation Can Foster Diversity in Unionized Blue Collar Work”
    - Hindy Laurel Schachter, Professor of Management, New Jersey Institute of Technology
    "Integrating Social Equity into the Core Public Budgeting and Financial Manager Course."
    - Blue Wooldridge*, Professor, College of Humanities and Sciences, Virginia Commonwealth University and Chair, NAPA Standing Panel on Social Equity

3:00pm – 3:20pm Closing Remarks
David Birdsell*, Marxe Dean and Terry Gerton*, NAPA President