WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Academy of Public Administration and Baruch College’s Austin W. Marxe School of Public and International Affairs will host a two-day conference June 12-13 called Promoting Equality in an Age of Austerity: The Role for State and Local Governments, focused on best practices designed to achieve racial, gender, economic, and other forms of equity in the current state of reduced budgets.
The Social Equity conference will explore ways that states and localities, working through government and alongside nonprofit partners, can feasibly address inequality in the face of persistent fiscal austerity. Plenary speakers will address broad themes and promising practices. Breakout sessions will examine in detail best practices gleaned from city and state governments, successful nonprofit organizations focused on human services, and academic research. Sessions will also focus on key substantive inequality concerns, such as workers right and workforce development, international migration and human rights, and areas showing promise for other cities and states.