Policy and Promise for Low-Income People in America:

July 13, 2010

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Hosted by CLASP's policy experts, this engaging series welcomed thought leaders from the policy, research and advocacy arenas to discuss and debate the most promising strategies to strengthen children, youth and families, create pathways to good jobs, and expand opportunity and equal justice for low-income communities. We invite you to learn more about CLASP's history and its longstanding commitment to providing a voice for the underrepresented.

Past Events:

November 8, 2010:
Two Wes Moores: What Difference Does Policy Make?

Best-selling author, Rhodes Scholar and Citigroup Executive Wes Moore reflected on how two young men with the same name and similar backgrounds ended up leading very different lives. The author also discussed the role state and federal policies can play in influencing individual and community trajectories. Listen to this short interview with Moore. 

January 12, 2011:
We Dream a World: Re-Imagining the Landscape for Black Men and Boys

This event highlighted the 2025 Campaign for Black Men and Boys, its We Dream A World report and developing strong national policies that effectively address the challenges and disparities facing the nation's black males.

March 10, 2011:
Racial Equity and Federal Policy

"Why is it divisive to focus on race-specific programs or talk about race? The stock explanation is that race does not matter. But even if race does not matter, why is such an approach seen as divisive?" This and many other questions about race and policy are explored in Postracialism or Targeted Universalism, a paper by john a. powell, the executive director of the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity at the Ohio State University. mr. powell was one of the featured speakers during a CLASP-sponsored forum on racial equity and federal policy.

April 26, 2011:
Is America Still the Land of Opportunity:  Exploring the Changing Demographics of Children
One in five children lives in poverty. More than one in five children lives in a food insecure household. Data across a range of health and economic indicators show that the Great Recession has had an alarming impact on the well-being of America's children and has increased the need for public services and benefits. At the same time, children of immigrants account for nearly the entire growth in the child population over the past decade. For these children, access to services is complicated by issues of language, immigration status of themselves or household members and other barriers. This forum featured a panel of experts who explored these and other changing characteristics of the nation's children and discussed the implications for state and federal policies across the social safety net.

May 9, 2011:
Developing America's Workforce: Learning from 40 Years of Policy and Practice to Inform the Next Generation

The President has prioritized creating a competitive workforce to meet a changing global economy. While employers are beginning to hire again,  structural problems in the labor market will continue to keep unemployment levels  high in the coming years and limit economic mobility for low-income workers. Join us for a high-level bipartisan discussion of lessons we can draw from the last four decades of workforce policy to help the nation effectively navigate its immediate and long-term labor market challenges.  View resources from this event.

July 6 2011:
The Promise and Challenge of Evidence-Based Policy
With an increasing focus on evidence-based policy and practice to justify public expenditures, this discussion will explore the different types of evidence policymakers and practitioners have available to them and which types of evidence best inform differing policy and practice choices.  This discussion paid particular attention to low-income populations and communities.  We were delighted to have two renowned experts guide us through this topic – Gordon Berlin, President of MDRC and Lisbeth Schorr, Senior Fellow at the Center for the Study of Social Policy and Lecturer in Social Medicine at Harvard University. View resources and recorded video of the event.

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