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20th Annual Social Equity Leadership Conference

June 09, 2021 @ 09:00:00 am - June 11, 2021 @ 06:00:00 pm
Eastern Time (ET)

Save-the-date for the 21st Annual Social Equity Leadership Conference! It will be on June 8th-10th, 2022!

You can still register for the 20th Annual Social Equity Leadership Conference to view the recordings of over 30 live sessions and several on-demand! The theme was "Fostering Social Equity: Innovation and Change" signifying an emphasis on developing and promoting concrete actions with lasting impact.

Featured Sessions from the Conference

IBM’s 100M In Kind Contribution to HBCU’s

Innovations in Data Science

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About the conference

This conference provided a space to discuss how public administrators can develop a broader understanding of social equity and recognize social equity's implications within the administrative context. Attendees had the opportunity to engage in discussions through a range of educational lectures, workshops, live plenaries, keynote and lunchtime speakers, on-demand panels, and power hours.


Wednesday, June 9th

  • 9:00 - 9:30 am - Welcome
  • 9:30 - 10:30 am - Opening Plenary
  • 11:00 am - 12:15 pm - Rethinking Local Government Post COVID
  • 11:00 am - 12:15 pm - Innovations in Data Science
  • 12:30 - 1:45 pm - Plenary: Higher Education
  • 2:00 - 3:15 pm - Examining Equity & Excessive Deaths
  • 2:00 - 3:15 pm - Blueprint for a Just & Equitable Future: Washington State’s 10-Year Plan to Dismantle Poverty
  • 2:00 - 3:15 pm - Data Analytics and Responsible Science
  • 3:30 - 4:45 pm - Post -COVID: Picking Up the Pieces
  • 3:30 - 4:45 pm - Racial Justice: Not a Zero Sum Game - Government’s Role in the Racial Justice Reckoning
  • 5:00 - 6:00 p.m. - Power Hour with Journal Editors

On-Demand Sessions

  • Understanding Social and Economic Factors of Social Infrastructure
  • Social Determinants of Health: The Impact of a Master Planned Community on Physical and Mental Health
  • Leveraging Innovations and Interventions in Learning Technology
  • Data Walk Urban Institute

Thursday, June 10th

  • 8:30 - 9:30 am - Plenary Session
  • 10:00 - 11:00 am - Featured On-Demand Sessions
  • 11:00 am - 12:15 pm - Racial Wealth Gap
  • 11:00 am - 12:15 pm - Racial & Systemic Inequities
  • 11:00 am - 12:15 pm - Grant-making Foundation Approach to Data for Decision Making
  • 12:30 - 1:45 pm - Plenary One Virginia: A Statewide Strategy to Advance DE&I
  • 2:00 - 3:15 pm - The Role of Professional Organizations in Advancing Racial Equity in Underserved, Underrepresented, and Vulnerable Communities
  • 2:00 - 3:15 pm - Dialogue and Disseminate Towards New Social Equity
  • 2:00 - 3:15 pm - Promotion of Timely and Relevant Research on the Role of both Race and Gender in Public Administration
  • 3:30 - 4:45 pm - Coastal Resiliency through a Social Equity Lens
  • 3:30 - 4:45 pm - Applying Racial Equity Awareness in Data Visualization
  • 5:00 - 6:00 p.m. - Power Hour, Social Hour

Featured On-Demand Sessions

  • Post-Disaster Housing Recovery
  • Let’s Talk About Race, Racism, and Racial Inequities
  • Building Coastal Resilience in the Context of Social Equity
  • Evidence-Based Impact: Engagement for Achieving Equitable Outcomes
  • Disparities in Dental Care

Friday, June 11th

  • 8:30 - 9:45 am - Plenary Session
  • 9:30 - 10:45 am - Advancing Diversity, Equity & Inclusion: Taking Action on Race Dynamics
  • 11:00 am - 12:15 pm - Dismantling Racism, Sexism, and Inequities in Policing
  • 12:30 - 1:45 pm - Philip J. Rutledge Social Equity Leadership Award Ceremony
  • 2:00 3:15 pm - Dismantling Racism, Sexism, and Inequities in Transportation
  • 2:00 - 3:15 pm - Advancing Equity as a Catalyst for Federal Funding: Grant Writing from a Holistic Approach
  • 3:30 - 4:45 pm - The Persistent Threat and Opportunity of Almost and Not Yet - A Social Equity Reckoning or Relapse
  • 5:00 - 6:00 pm - Power Hour: Restorative Practices and Social Justice: Interrupting Racism

On-Demand Sessions

  • A Conversation on Racial Equity at the County Level
  • Social Equity in the City
  • Equity, AI and Healthcare
  • Inclusive Participation & Equitable Engagement: The Implications of Artificial Intelligence (AI)
  • The Future of Public Affairs
  • .... and more!
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Conference Tracks

Track 1: Conquering the COVID-19 Crisis
Sponsor: Virginia Commonwealth University, L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs

Track 2: Investing in Social Infrastructure
Sponsor: University of Washington, Evans School of Public Policy & Governance

Track 3: Data Science, Equity and Governance
Sponsor: North Carolina State University

  • Office for Institutional Equity and Diversity
  • School of Public and International Affairs

Track 4: Advancing Racial Equity and Support for Underserved Communities
Sponsor: Old Dominion University, School of Public Service

Track 5: Evidence-based Capacity Building
Sponsor: The George Washington University, Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration

Track 6: #HBCUMatters on Race, Policy & Equity
Sponsor: HBCU Consortium

  • Albany State University, Department of Public Administration
  • Bowie State University, Department of Management, Marketing & Public Administration
  • North Carolina Central University, Department of Public Administration
  • Savannah State University, Department of Political Science and Public Affairs

Track 7: Dismantling Racism, Sexism & Other Inequities

Sponsor: University of Nebraska at Omaha, College of Public Affairs and Community Service

Track 8: Artificial Intelligence (AI) & Social Justice
Sponsor: University System of Maryland Alliance

  • University of Maryland, College Park, School of Public Policy
  • University of Maryland Baltimore County, School of Public Policy
  • University of Baltimore, College of Public affairs
  • Coordinated by the The Universities at Shady Grove

Plenary: Higher Education
Sponsored by:
The Eisenhower & Mellon Foundations

Dr. Alan Curtis, President/CEO of the Milton S. Eisenhower Foundation
Dr. Brandi Blessett (University of Cincinnati),
Chancellor Nancy Cantor (Rutgers University - Newark),
Dean Susan T. Gooden (Virginia Commonwealth University)
Moderated by Dr. RaJade M. Berry-James (NC State University)

Plenary: Advancing Racial Equity and Support for Underserved Communities

Introduced by: Dr. Samuel L. Brown, Old Dominion University
Dr. Janice Underwood, Chief Diversity Officer for the Commonwealth of Virginia
Moderated by Dr. Ron Carlee, Old Dominion University

Closing Plenary and Award Ceremony: Philip J. Rutledge Social Equity Leadership Award

Gary Glickman (Chair, NAPA Standing Panel on Social Equity)
Lenneal Henderson (Dean Virginia State University)
Valerie Lemmie (Director, Kettering Foundation)
Prof. Sy Murray (Jackson State University)
Dr. Harvey White (University of Delaware)
Moderated by Dr. David Bell (Indiana University)

Keynote Address Sponsor

Track Sponsors

Plenary Sessions Sponsors & Sponsored Guests

Social Equity Champions

Social Equity Cheerleaders

Association Partner

Interested in sponsorship?

There are several ways to sponsor the virtual conference including corporate sponsorship, sponsorship of a track, identifying your organization as a social equity champion, or identifying yourself as a cheerleader! For more information regarding sponsorship, please contact the Standing Panel on Social Equity in Governance's Chair or Vice Chair.

Gary Glickman, Chair (
RaJade M. Berry-James, Vice Chair (

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