The Women of Color Policy Network, a research center the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at New York University, will present a forum entitled “Are We there Yet: Affirmative Action in the Age of Obama,” on Thursday, February 12, 2009, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Over the last decade, affirmative action policies and similar legislation aimed at leveling the playing field for women and racial and ethnic minorities have been significantly rolled back with three states-California, Washington, and Michigan passing laws that ban affirmative action. In fact, the election of Barack Obama as President of the United States has many wondering about the future and need for public policies and legislation that attempt to address issues of racial and gender discrimination.
Coinciding with the 100th anniversary of the founding of NAACP, the event features a moderated discussion with Alan Jenkins, President, Opportunity Agenda, and John Payton, President, NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund. The dialogue will explore the shifting public debate on the role of race in American society and politics.
The event will take place at NYU Wagner, located in the historic Puck Building, 295 Lafayette Street (@ Houston), 2nd Floor, New York, N.Y.
To RSVP, please visit http://www.wagner.nyu.edu/events/wocpn-02-12-2009.
About The Women of Color Policy Network
Founded in 2000, the Women of Color Policy Network, an affiliate of the Research Center for Leadership in Action at the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at New York University, is the country’s only research and policy institute focusing on women of color at a top-ranked public policy school. The Network conducts original research and collects critical data on women of color that is used to inform public policy outcomes at the local, state and national levels. The Network also serves as a hub for women of color scholars, leaders and practitioners.