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The Poverty Narrative: Confronting Inequity

Date & time

Mar 5, 2021, All Day


This is a Virtual Event.

This day of programming is dedicated to promoting a deeper understanding of the connections between race, structural racism, and poverty in the U.S. The COVID-19 pandemic, Black Lives Matter movement, and election season of 2020 highlighted the urgent need to confront the policies and practices that perpetuate inequity in public health, housing, education and data.

FREE and open to the public, the event includes four 60-minute sessions, which will be livestreamed on YouTube with time for panelists to respond to questions from viewers.


Telling the whole story: Data in context

9:00 a.m. ET | Livestream
Data are the cornerstone of academic research and investigative journalism. But numbers by themselves don’t tell the whole story, and data analysis without historical context can miss as much as it reveals. Panelists will outline their approaches to finding good data sources, putting that data in context, gathering insights from the people behind the numbers, and effectively communicating what data can tell us about structural inequities.

Moderator: Jennifer Erb-Downward
Panelists: Harley Etienne, Kristin Seefeldt, Jonathon Berlin

Confronting inequity in housing

10:30 a.m. ET Livestream
As temporary eviction moratoriums implemented during the COVID-19 pandemic expire, long-term solutions are needed to ensure people have viable options to maintain affordable, stable housing. Housing, past and present, has been a domain where structural racism has impacted outcomes, through redlining and predatory lending. Panelists will discuss strategies for preventing evictions, maintaining and increasing affordable housing developments, and how to document the impact of housing instability at the local, statewide, and national level.

Moderator: Afton Branche-Wilson
Panelists: Margaret Dewar, Ann Choi

Additional panelists to be announced.

Confronting inequity in education

12:00 p.m. ET | Livestream
The COVID-19 pandemic has put America’s public education system to the test. As K-12 schools adapt to online learning and reimagine classroom environments, how can they avoid replicating existing inequities in our education systems? Panelists will discuss how the pandemic exacerbated disparities in access to quality education, potential solutions that could reduce those disparities, and how to connect students’ learning experiences with systemic issues.

Moderator: Patrick Cooney
Panelists: Camille Wilson, Matt Barnum, Bonnie Billups

Confronting inequity in public health

1:30 p.m. ET | Livestream
COVID-19 is infecting and killing a disproportionately large number of Black and Hispanic people in America, which highlights underlying disparities in chronic health conditions and access to health care. Panelists will discuss how racism intersects with public health and strategies for holding public officials accountable to address these health disparities.

Moderator: Luke Shaefer
Panelists: Celeste Watkins-Hayes, Kat Stafford, Debra Furr Holden

Learn more

Visit The Poverty Narrative program website.

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