The Covid-19 pandemic has unmasked hard truths about society. Marginalized communities are more susceptible to the consequences – whether intentional or not –from actions that adversely impact the environment. Air pollution and other actions are closely connected to the disparate health outcomes suffered by vulnerable groups. This cohort also typically bears the brunt of any economic downturn which has been exacerbated due the severity of the fallout. Housing affordability is jeopardized by high unemployment which leaves homeownership and wealth creation goals unattainable for many. What can be done to protect the marginalized? Which policies and programs are critical to reversing decades – if not centuries – of disparities? What are the innovative solutions to turn things around? We’ll bring together leaders on the front lines of the environment, housing and wealth creation to discuss solutions.
Global Head of Diversity and Inclusion and Head of U.S. Talent
Darrick Hamilton, Ph.D.
Henry Cohen Professor of Economics and Urban Policy; Founding Director, Institute for the Study of Race, Stratification and Political Economy
The New School
Chris Herbert, Ph.D.
Managing Director, Joint Center for Housing Studies
Vice President, Housing Finance Policy Center
Senior Director, Environmental and Climate Justice Program
Mitchell J. Silver, FAICP
New York City Department of Parks and Recreation
Germaine Smith-Baugh, Ed.D.
President and CEO
Urban League of Broward County
Ingrid Waldron, Ph.D.
Professor in the Faculty of Health
Valerie Rawlston Wilson, Ph.D.
Director, Program on Race, Ethnicity and the Economy