Admissions Blog

4th Annual Race and Policy Symposium

April 21, 2014

On Monday, April 21, Students of Color in Public Policy hosted the 4th Annual Race and Policy Symposium, an annual forum to discuss policy implications for people of color and ways to engage issues of race in policymaking. The symposium brings leading researchers and experts from various fields to share their insight on ways to analyze, address, and engage communities of color in policy design and implementation.

The theme of this year’s symposium was “Policy in Action: The Unintended Consequences” and featured keynote addresses from Eva Paterson of the Equal Justice Society and London Breed from the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. Additionally, there were interactive panels on:

  • Minimizing Educational Inequities Through School Finance Reform
    • Megan Sweet, Director of Education Finance Reform, Pivot Learning Partners
    • Samantha Tran, Senior Director, Education Policy, Children Now
    • Valerie Cuevas, Director of External Relations, Ed Trust West
  • Understanding Impacts of Wealth Inequality on Communities of Color
    • Gabriel Medina, Policy Manager at Mission Economic Development Agency
    • Ruben Lizardo, Associate Director at Policy Link
    • Jennifer Lin, Research Director, Working East Bay
    • Rucker Johnson, Associate Professor, Goldman School of Public Policy
  • Participatory Decision-Making, Cultural Competency, and Equitable Policymaking for All: A Panel on Environmental Justice
    • Carolyn Finney, Assistant Professor, UC Berkeley Department of Environmental Science, Policy & Management
    • Margaret Gordon, Director of the West Oakland Environmental Indicators Project
    • Karen Cohn, Program Manager, San Francisco Department of Public Health
    • Amy Vanderwarker, Co-Coordinator, California Environmental Justice Alliance
  • Race and reentry: How Race and Class Shape Opportunities for Reentry and Rehabilitation
    • Gerald Miller, Director of Adult Community Corrections Services, Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice
    • David Maldonado, UC Berkeley School of Education
    • Katherine Katcher, Founder & Executive Director, Roots & Rebound
    • Francis Guzman, Soros Justice Fellow, National Center for Youth Law