Our schedule for the day is as follows:
12:00-12:30pm Welcome Address: SCIPP & Henry Brady, Dean of the Goldman School
12:30-1:30pm Content Panels: Deepening our Understanding of the Key Issues
1:30-2:30pm Skills Panels: Bridging the Gap Between Academy and Community
2:30-3:30pm Keynote Address: Christopher Edley, Dean of Berkeley Law School
12:30-1:30 – Content Panels
Race & Politics
We have an African-American president, a Latina on the Supreme Court, and Oakland and San Francisco both have their first Asian-American mayors in history. We are basking in the glow of a post-racial era, right? Or is it more complicated than that? This session will explore the contours of race and how it plays out in the world of politics.
Labor & Education
The labor movement has yielded significant benefits for minority groups previously forced to accept second-class wages and benefits. The nascent educational equity movement has its eye on the achievement gap between Blacks, Latinos, and their white and Asian peers. Meanwhile, public school teachers’ ability to collectively bargain is under assault. This session will tackle the crossroads of labor and education as it relates to race in the U.S. today.
Prison & Criminal Justice
Our current “prison-industrial complex” has been labeled as the “new Jim Crow” given the staggering numbers of African-Americans ensnared in the system. Minority groups are vastly over-represented within the ranks of those incarcerated, but the conventional wisdom seems to cite “cultural reasons” as driving our men and women of color into the correctional system. This session will discuss the implications of our nation’s imprisonment of large numbers of its minority population.
Public Health & Environment
People of color are disproportionately impacted by environmental degradation and other resulting public health dangers in low-income communities. How do “chance” and “choice” factor into the health and environmental challenges that these families so often face? What drives the racial health disparities that persist in our country, even across class lines? How do these challenges shape the lives of our families of color?
1:30-2:30 – Skills Panels
Race Conscious Systems
So many of our current systems for delivering public services operate on antiquated notions about race. We have inherited systems whose outcomes do not always match up with our emerging values around diversity and inclusiveness. This session will discuss how actors within these systems can shift the agenda and begin to reshape and build systems that operate with a race consciousness that serves all parties more equitably.
Intersection of Policy Fields
It is all too easy for policy thinkers to get isolated in their particular fields of expertise. We often fail to connect the dots in policy and we miss the ways in which our work interacts with other fields. This session will help us think more about how joining together various efforts in policy can provide beneficial outcomes for our communities.
Ground Level Impact
Much of policy thinking can feel so removed from our communities that need innovative solutions to big problems. In many areas, there is a need to bridge the gap between the academy and our communities. This session will explore how thinkers and practitioners can make a positive and concrete impact in communities of color with a focus on racial equity.