Social Equity

One of the five tracks taking place at the 2019 Annual Conference, Social Equity will span three days—March 10-12—and provide attendees with insightful presentations and commentary looking at the current state of social equity in the United States and around the world. Below, find overview information as well as details about each of the panels being planned. We hope you will enjoy this in-depth content.

Gloria Hobson Nordin Social Equity Luncheon

Sunday, March 11 | 11:45 a.m.

Brandi Blessett

Brandi Blessett is an associate professor and director of the Master of Public Administration program at the University of Cincinnati. Her research focuses on administrative responsibility, disenfranchisement and social equity. These interests offer insight regarding the effects of institutional and systemic injustice and their contemporary implications for urban communities and their residents.

Much of Blessett’s recent work acknowledges the disproportionate effects the criminal justice and legal systems, specifically, (as well as public institutions broadly) have on communities of color. Her research agenda advocates for ethical practices, professional standards and accountability measures to promote equity, justice and fairness to all factions of society in the United States.

SWPA National Awards Breakfast

Monday, March 11, 7:45 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. | District Ballroom

Susan Gooden

Susan T. Gooden is interim dean and professor of the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs at Virginia Commonwealth University. She is an internationally recognized expert on social equity. She is an elected fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration and past president of the American Society for Public Administration. Her books include Why Research Methods Matter (2018, Melvin and Leigh), Race and Social Equity: A Nervous Area of Government (2014, Routledge) and Cultural Competency for Public Administrators (2012, Routledge). Her research has been funded by several organizations including the Russell Sage Foundation, the Kellogg Foundation, the Smith Richardson Foundation, MDRC and the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research.

Gooden was appointed to the Commission on Peer Review and Accreditation, the accrediting arm of the Network of Associated Schools of Public Policy, Affairs and Administration (NASPAA). She previously has served as an elected member to the national policy council of the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management. In 2016, she was appointed to the Virginia Community College System board by Governor Terence McAuliffe.

Gooden earned her BA from Virginia Tech, an MA from Virginia Tech and her doctorate from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University.

Presidential Panels

The following Presidential Panels will focus on social equity, looking at several of the biggest equity issues in public administration today.

University Nervous Areas of Government: Monuments and Reparations

Sunday, March 10 | 3:15 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Should Confederate monuments remain on public university campuses? Should well-endowed public universities that realized substantial economic benefits from slavery provide scholarships to slaves’ descendants? This panel considers these nervous areas of government by university administrators and researchers who have directly led efforts to engage these topics. Beyond apologies, this panel examines tangible strategies for correcting historical wrongs and the implications for public universities that are navigating this challenge.
Susan T. Gooden, Interim Dean, L. Douglas Wilder School, Virginia Commonwealth University
Curtis Brown, Chief Deputy State Coordinator, Virginia Department of Emergency Management and Former Deputy Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security Commonwealth of Virginia
Hannah Cameron, Co-Chair, History and Civil Rights Working Committee, Virginia Commonwealth University
John B. Stephens, Associate Professor of Public Administration and Government, University of North Carolina

#MeToo: The Role of Universities in the MeToo Movement

Monday, March 11 | 11:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Are universities taking a proactive stance in addressing sexual harassment and sexual assault? The #MeToo Movement has played a critical role in the number of persons coming forward with claims of sexual harassment and sexual assault in recent years. Colleges and universities are not immune to these claims; we have seen several university cases highlighted in major media outlets. How do universities manage situations when graduate students claim they are being sexually harassed or assaulted by a professor? This panel will assess the magnitude of sexual harassment and sexual assault in colleges and universities and discuss best practices in changing the culture of organizations and addressing the problem at the grassroots level.
Charles E. Menifield, Dean, Rutgers University—Newark
RaJade M. Berry-James, Associate Professor of Public Administration, North Carolina State University, School of Public and International Affairs
Nicole Elias, Assistant Professor, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York
Donna Greco, Policy Director, Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape
Mindy Weinstein, Acting Director, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Washington Field Office

Census 2020: A Count That Matters

Monday, March 11 | 2:15 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Mandated by the United States Constitution, the decennial census is a count that matters. It impacts voting representation, as well as funding allocations to areas such as education, health care and housing. This panel will examine the challenges associated with Census 2020 for public administrators, including the continued vacancy of a Census Bureau director, reduced administrative capacity to administer the census, conflicting federal guidance on census questions relative to citizenship, race and ethnicity, and increased fear among immigrants to complete the census.
Susan T. Gooden, Interim Dean, L. Douglas Wilder School, Virginia Commonwealth University
Albert E. Fontenot Jr., Associate Director, Decennial Census Programs, United States Department of Commerce
Mary Jo Hoeksema, Co-Director, The Census Project and Director of Government Affairs, Population Association of America
Beth Lynk, Census Counts Campaign Director, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights
Arturo Vargas, Chief Executive Officer, National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials Educational Fund

Social Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (SEDI) Workshop

For the second year in a row, multiple ASPA Sections have joined to provide a social equity and inclusion workshop, helping public administrators work through providing equitable spaces for all in our discipline. Find more information about the SEDI workshop, taking place Saturday afternoon, online here.

Concurrent Panels

Almost 40 concurrent panels will be presented throughout the conference focusing on social equity and related issues within public administration. Use the search box below to look for speakers you know, or use the arrows to expand each time slot to see which presentations will take place. (Click on the name of the presentation to open a window for more detail about each one.)

Expand CollapseSession Day and Time
Friday 8:00 AM - 9:15 AM3/8/2019 8:00:00 AM
Friday 2:15 PM - 3:30 PM3/8/2019 2:15:00 PM
Saturday 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM3/9/2019 10:45:00 AM
Saturday 12:15 PM - 1:30 PM3/9/2019 12:15:00 PM
Saturday 4:45 PM - 6:00 PM3/9/2019 4:45:00 PM
Sunday 8:30 AM - 9:45 AM3/10/2019 8:30:00 AM
Sunday 11:45 AM - 1:00 PM3/10/2019 11:45:00 AM
Sunday 3:15 PM - 4:30 PM3/10/2019 3:15:00 PM
Monday 8:00 AM - 9:15 AM3/11/2019 8:00:00 AM
Monday 11:15 AM - 12:30 PM3/11/2019 11:15:00 AM
Monday 12:45 PM - 2:00 PM3/11/2019 12:45:00 PM
Monday 3:45 PM - 5:00 PM3/11/2019 3:45:00 PM
Tuesday 8:00 AM - 9:15 AM3/12/2019 8:00:00 AM
Tuesday 9:30 AM - 10:45 AM3/12/2019 9:30:00 AM