Type: Public event

Niketa Brar (MPP '15) on racial equity impact assessment

Racial Justice in Practice workshop series


Niketa Brar

Date & time

Feb 3, 2023, 9:00 am-12:00 pm EST


The Center for Racial Justice at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy invites you to join us for our Racial Justice in Practice workshop series. Led by institutional changemakers, creatives, and activists within antiracism; global aid development; diversity, equity, and inclusion; and community organizing, this workshop series offers U-M students, faculty, staff, and community partners tangible strategies and frameworks to advance racial equity in organizations, local communities, and national and global contexts. 

About the speaker

Niketa Brar is a policy strategist, activist, and organizer working to grow the community-led policymaking movement in Chicago. In her role as co-founder and executive director of Chicago United for Equity, she works to transform civic systems to be designed by the communities they serve. She organized Chicago's first public Racial Equity Impact Assessment, a community process that set national precedent for stopping a school closure on the grounds of racial discrimination, designed the Vote Equity Project, an award-winning citywide voter guide built by thousands of residents, and co-created the People's Budget Chicago, a popular education model and community budgeting process. Niketa's approach comes from her experience working in communities harmed by top-down and ineffective public policy, which she observed working in the criminal punishment and public education systems, as well as advising government leaders in school districts, city government, and state agencies. She is a proud alum of the Ford School of Public Policy, where she earned her master's in public policy and also holds a Bachelors of Arts in public policy and international affairs from George Washington University and a Master of Arts in teaching secondary mathematics from American University. 

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