In 1619, colonists in Jamestown, Virginia bought the first African slaves to be brought to what eventually became the United States. To mark this impending major anniversary of an event lamented by the poet Langston Hughes as “the American Heartbreak,” teachers and students at The New School have launched a project called “400 Years of Inequality.” It’s a university-wide conversation, including a recent week of “curriculum disruptions” in classes ranging from music to mathematics, designed to explore slavery’s enduring impact on American life, history, and the social structure of inequality.
By Sean Thomas-Breitfeld and Frances Kunreuther
The nonprofit sector is experiencing a racial leadership gap. Studies show the percentage of people of color in the executive director/CEO role has remained under 20% for the last 15 years, even as the country becomes more diverse.
℞ for the New York Region: How We Can Create a 'Culture of Health'
By Mandu Sen
When we talk about the wellbeing of a city or region, all too often we use economic data, such as income or employment statistics. Only rarely do we also take stock of our collective health. But there are many appropriate reasons why we ought to.
Tough Test Ahead: Bringing Racial Diversity To New York’s Specialized High Schools (2016)
By Bruce Cory and Nicole Mader
There’s a longstanding debate about why so few Black and Hispanic students are admitted to New York City’s specialized high schools, including Stuyvesant, Bronx Science, and Brooklyn Tech. They accounted for fewer than 9% of students offered admissions at eight specialized schools for the current school year; that’s down from 9.6% the year before.
The Privilege of Investing in our Kids and the Racial Wealth Gap (2016)
America’s racial disparities in wealth are enormous. The white-to-black disparity in median net worth – the value of what a family owns over and above what it owes is 19 to 1. This vast wealth divide has deep, long-term implications. One consequence is that when black children become adults, they are far less likely than their white counterparts to get financial help from their parents for higher education – a disparity that has financial implications over the course of the adult child’s life and reinforce unequal socio-economic status across generations.
Report | Racial Equity, School Integration
Segregated Schools in Integrated Neighborhoods: The City's Schools Are Even More Divided Than Our Housing (2016)
By Clara Hemphill and Nicole Mader
In multi-ethnic New York City, why are so many elementary schools segregated by race and class? New research demonstrates that school segregation is not always the result of housing patterns.
Events | Racial Equity, Criminal Justice Reform, Education,
The 2015 Henry Cohen Lecture Series
The 2015 Henry Cohen Lecture Series, Public Policy in Action, is devoted to advancing social equity in America. The series examines how public policy serves as a vehicle to advance economic and social inclusion in the context of evolving demographic, economic, and political shifts in America. This series serves as a catalyst for the continuing dialog on the state of social justice in America.
THE NEW CIVIL RIGHTS AGENDA
Ben Jealous, Partner, Kapor Center for Social Impact
Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins, Former CEO, Green for All
Jealous and Ellis-Lamkins speak on The New Civil Rights Agenda. Through this lens questions such as “How do you build an organized movement for racial justice?” and “How can advocates and community activists effectively use public policy as a tool for advancing a new civil rights agenda?” can be explored.
RACIAL DISPARITIES AND THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM
Sam Myers, Jr., Director and Roy Wilkins Professor of Human Relations and Social Justice, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota.
Monifa Bandele, Senior Campaign Director for MomsRising.org
Myers and Bandele frame their comments around the intersection of incarceration, race, policy, and economic inclusion and exclusion.
RACE, HIGHER EDUCATION & SOCIAL JUSTICE
John Powell, Executive Director of the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society, University of California at Berkeley,
Noliwe Rooks, Director of Graduate Studies in Africana Studies, Cornell University.
CHANGING DEMOGRAPHICS AND THE ECONOMIC IMPERATIVE
Manuel Pastor, Director, Program for Environmental and Regional Equity
What are the national demographic shifts and their impact on our country and the economy? What is the “uncommon common ground”? How can policies be used to advance an inclusive agenda that works for all?
REBUILDING THE DREAM:
FRAMING CIVIL RIGHTS FOR THE 21ST CENTURY
Van Jones, President of Dream Corps Unlimited, speaks on “Rebuilding the Dream: Framing Civil Rights for the 21st Century.”
The Stark Black and White of America's Wealth Divide (2015)
By Darrick Hamilton and William Darity, Jr.
Wealth – the value of what you and your family own minus what you owe – matters. A lot. Wealth generates opportunity, fosters well-being, offers children the advantages of debt-free higher education and parent-provided home down-payments, provides capital for business formation and investment, and deflects the slings and arrows of outrageous economic fortune. Wealth is, in short, the paramount indicator of future economic success.