190305 NU Race and Economics 1
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Niagara Falls, NY - Rolanda L. Ward, Ph.D., MSW, Mdiv
Associate Professor of Social Work, Endowed Faculty Director of the Rose Bente Lee Ostapenko Center for Race, Equality, and Mission, hosted the Niagara University Race and Economic Equity Summit at the Russell J. Salvatore Dining Commons. The program was presented by the Rose Bente Lee Ostapenko Center for Race, Equality and Mission and the College of Business Administration.
The Race and Economic Equity Series
The Race and Economic Equity Series will explore and create dialogue with regional leaders about the intersection of race and economic mobility in Western New York. Recent national data states that 66 percent of the racial income gap is due to wage differences, while 34 percent is due to employment differences (Treuhaft, Scoggins, & Tran, 2014). Equity occurs when society and corporations share resources fairly amongst its communities, partners and people. Recent studies have proven that there is extreme inequality of income, access, wealth and opportunities among people of color across the United States. For example, nationwide, full-time workers of color currently earn 23 percent less than their white counterparts (National Equity Atlas, 2018). Specifically in New York State, full time workers of color earn $19 an hour compared to white counterparts who earn $26 an hour (National Equity Atlas, 2018).
The aim of the series is to create awareness, educate about institutional action steps, and identify measurable racial equity outcomes for corporations to join this economic equity movement. The series will consist of two webinars and one half day summit on Niagara University's campus.
The objectives of the series are:
1. Create awareness and increase knowledge about the impact of racial equity and economic mobility (Webinar 1-February, TBD)
How do corporations and institutions begin the conversation of racial inequity and economic mobility
What is the vocabulary that is used to begin these conversations?
What does the literature say about the inequity and the barriers and gaps that are systematically in our policies?
How can we come aware of our own values and biases?
1. Educate about action steps for institutional change (Summit-March 5, 2019)
The summit will feature keynote speaker, student and corporation panel and roundtable discussions
The summit will involve what action steps have been used for institutional change around racial inequity and economic mobility
What can institutions share with each other to begin to create change and become engaged in breaking down these barriers and gaps
Strategic work plan development in collaborating with other institutions
1. Create measurable outcomes and understand what will be measured to evaluate the progress of institutional changes. (Webinar 2-April, TBD)
How do we evaluate these institutional changes?
What variables can be measured
What steps need to be taking throughout the process of action
How did attitudes change
Was access increased to the labor market to decrease racial equity
We encourage CEOs and Human Resource Offices to attend this on campus summit. For more information, please refer to the information below.
Sara Smyth, BSW
MSW Intern, Rose Bente Lee Ostapenko Center for Race, Equality & Mission
Rolanda L. Ward, Ph.D., MSW, MDiv
Associate Professor of Social Work at Niagara University
Endowed Faculty Director, Rose Bente Lee Ostapenko Center for Race, Equality & Mission
Mark Frascatore, PhD
Dean, College of Business Administration
Professor of Economics