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12th Annual Social Equity Leadership Conference Draws Nearly 200 Attendees

This Year’s Conference Theme was Globally Engaged, Locally Responsible: New Challenges for Social Equity

Sponsored by NC State’s Office for Institutional Equity and Diversity and co-chaired by Dr. RaJade Berry-James, Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Programs in the Department of Public Administration, and Dr. Tracey Ray, Assistant Vice Provost for Student Diversity in the Office for Institutional Equity and Diversity, the Social Equity Leadership Conference took place June 5-7, 2013 at NC State.

Over 100 scholars presented in 27 panels on their research in the areas of At-Risk Communities and Immigrants, Education, Environmental Protection, Health, Higher Education, Housing, Inclusive Excellence, International, Leadership, LGBT, Local, Nonprofits, Policing and Corrections, providing depth as well as breadth. The opening address, “Networking as Both an Obstacle and an Opportunity for Building Social Capital,” was given by Dr. Marc Holzer, Dean and Board of Governors Professor in the School of Public Affairs and Administration at Rutgers University. The keynote address, “Thick Social Equity,” was given by Dr. H. George Frederickson, Distinguished Professor in the Department of Public Administration at the University of Kansas, Lawrence and President Emeritus of Eastern Washington University.

Conference highlights included a reading of “You Wouldn’t Expect,” a play by Marilynn Barner Anselmi about the experiences of four victims of the North Carolina Eugenics Program, which oversaw the forced sterilization of more than 7,600 individuals between the early 1930’s and the mid 1970’s; two sponsored panels featuring nonprofits and nonprofit foundations; and the closing awards luncheon, at which Virginia Commonwealth University’s Wilder School Award for Scholarship in Equity and Public Policy Analysis was presented. The Wilder Award is given annually for exemplary published scholarly articles that will advance the understanding and consequences of social equity. Presented by Dr. Blue Wooldridge, DPA, Chair of the National Academy of Public Administration Standing Panel on Social Equity and Governance, this year’s Wilder Award was given to Jason A. Grissom and Lael R. Keiser for their work titled, A Supervisor Like Me: Race, Representation, and the Satisfaction and Turnover Decisions of Public Sector Employees. Grissom, currently an assistant professor at the University of Missouri, Columbia, is an NC State alumnus.

For more information about the Social Equity Leadership Conference and KnowledgeBase, please see the Social Equity Leadership Conference website.