Thursday Panels

Note: For full descriptions see Panels by Track page



8:00 a.m.-9:15 a.m. Concurrent Sessions

Session 1

Economic History of Disenfranchisement (Track H)



Lovie Jackson Foster, Moderator


  • Lovie Jackson Foster, Assistant Professor, School of Social Work, University of Pittsburgh
  • T. Rashad Byrdsong, President, Community Empowerment Association, "Historical Disenfranchisement and its Impact on Black Americans"

  • Daniel Jones, Assistant Professor, Darla Moore School of Business, University of South Carolina, "A Poll Tax by Any Other Name: The Political Economy of Post-Reconstruction Disenfranchisement"
  • Tate Twinam, PhD Candidate in Economics, University of Pittsburgh, "Race, Ethnicity, and Zoning: The Case of Chicago's First Comprehensive Land Use Ordinance?"

Session 2

The American Dream 50 Years Later (Track E)



Heather Wyatt-Nichol, Moderator

  • Heather Wyatt-Nichol, MPA Program Director and Assistant Professor, College of Public Affairs, University of Baltimore, "Contrasting the American Promise and the American Dream"
  • Renita Seabrook, Assistant Professor, School of Criminal Justice, University of Baltimore 
  • Tiffaney Parkman, Lecturer, School of Health and Human Services, University of Baltimore, "The UB Homeless Project: Learning Community”
  • Nelson Scott, “Where are the Black Warren Buffetts?”
  • Kenneth Weaver, MPA Student, University of Baltimore, “A New Civil Rights Act for All Americans”

Session 3

The State of Education in America: Three Steps Forward, Two Steps Back (Track G)



Linda Blake, Moderator


  • Linda Blake, Assistant Professor of Public Administration, South Arkansas University, "The Impact of School Consolidation/Annexation Policies on Disadvantaged Populations: A Case Study Examining Equity Issues"
  • Tiffany D. Wilkins, Graduate and Teaching Assistant, School of Education, Duquesne University, "Transformative Blackness: Queering the African American Educational Establishment for LGBTQ Youth of Color"
  • Lindsey L. Evans, Administrative Program Coordinator, The Grace E. Harris Leadership Institute, Virginia Commonwealth University, "An Appeal for HOPE: Analyses and Social Equity Implications of Georgia's Non-need, Merit-based Lottery Funded Scholarship"
  • Kasey J. Martin, Research Associate, The Grace E. Harris Leadership Institute, Virginia Commonwealth University, "Implementing Social Equity in the Public Sector: How Community Colleges Achieve the Dream" 

9:30-10:45 a.m. Concurrent Sessions

Session 1

Pittsburgh's Role (Past, Present, and Future) in Pursuit of Civil Rights (Track A)



Leon Haley and Sala Udin, Moderators

  • Leon L. Haley, Professor Emeritus, University of Pittsburgh
  • Sala Udin, Former City Council Member, City of Pittsburgh
  • Morton Coleman, Director Emeritus, Institute of Politics, and Professor Emeritus, School of Social Work, University of Pittsburgh
  • Marisa Bartley, Business Development Officer, Citizens Financial Group, and Eastern Region Vice President, National Urban League Young Professionals

Session 2

Layered Inequalities in Education: Challenges and Opportunities (Track G)



Dr. Jessie B. Ramey, Moderator

  • Dr. Jessie B. Ramey, Visiting Scholar, Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies Program, University of Pittsburgh
  • Dr. Kathy M. Newman, Associate Professor of English and Media Studies at Carnegie Mellon University, "High Stakes Testing and Inequality"
  • Donald G. Block, Executive Director, Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Council, "Inequality of Educational Opportunities: Adult Skills and their Implications for U.S. Policy"
  • David A. Bell, Assistant Professor of Public Administration, Savannah State University, “Sanguine Savannah and School Supply Symmetry: Results Oriented Public Administration in Primary Schools"
  • Julianne Norman, Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, University of Pittsburgh, "Gendered Inequalities in Education in Morocco: Creative Alternatives to Traditional Schooling"

Session 3

Funding for Social Equity and Civil Rights - Philanthropy's Unfinished Work Then and Now (Track A)



Kathleen Buechel, Moderator

  • Kathleen Buechel, Director, Philanthropy Forum, Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, University of Pittsburgh; and The Benter Foundation

  • Phillip Hallen, Executive Director Emeritus, Falk Foundation
  • Lucy Dabney, CEO and Executive Director, Program to Aid Citizen Enterprise
  • Mark Lewis, CEO and Executive Director, POISE Foundation

  • Carmen Anderson, Senior Program Officer, Heinz Endowments



11:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Concurrent Sessions

Session 1

Equitable Community Development (Track D)



Sabina Deitrick, Moderator

  • Sabina Deitrick, Associate Professor and Co-Director, University Center for Social and Urban Research, Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, University of Pittsburgh
  • Dennis Keating, Levin College Distinguished Professor and Director of the Master of Urban Planning, Design and Development (MUPDD) Program, Levin College of Urban Affairs, Cleveland State University
  • Tracy Soska, Assistant Professor and Director of Continuing Education (CE), School of Social Work, University of Pittsburgh 
  • George Moses, Outreach & Enrollment Specialist, East Liberty Family Health Care Center

Session 2

The Economics of Life on the Streets (Track H)



Brendan O’Flaherty, Moderator

  • Dionissi Aliprantis, Research Economist, Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland
  • Sera Linardi, Assistant Professor, Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, University of Pittsburgh, "Savings Behavior at the Homeless Shelter"
  • Brendan O'Flaherty, Professor, School of Economics, Columbia University

Session 3

Not Just a U.S. Issue: Comparative Social Equity Challenges (Track F)



Susan T. Gooden, Moderator

  • Susan T. Gooden, Incoming President of ASPA and Professor and Executive Director, Grace E. Harris Leadership Institute, L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Yolanda Macklin Crewe, PhD Student, Public Policy and Administration, Virginia Commonwealth University, "Pay Equity: A Comparative Analysis of the United States, United Arab Emirates, and Mexico"
  • Susan Holtzman, MPA Student, Virginia Commonwealth University, “Employment Inequity: A Comparative Analysis of the Impact of Criminal Records on Employment Options in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom”
  • Michael Scott, PhD Candidate, School of Education, Virginia Commonwealth University, “Promoting Equitable access to Higher Education for Low-income Students: A Comparative Study of the United States, China, and Costa Rica”
  • Marta Squadrito, PhD student, Public Policy and Administration, Virginia Commonwealth University, “Refugee Policies: A Comparative Analysis of the United States, Italy and Israel”

2:15-3:30 p.m. Concurrent Sessions 

Session 1

Public Psychology in Communication of Risk and Uncertainty (Track H)



Monica Schoch-Spana, Moderator

  • Christopher Olivola, Assistant Professor of Marketing, Tepper School of Business, Carnegie Mellon University 
  • Stephen Broomell, Assistant Professor, Social and Decision Sciences, Carnegie Mellon University
  • Monica Schoch-Spana, Senior Associate, UPMC Center for Health Security

Session 2

Growing Inequities: An Analysis of Social Challenges (Track D)



Jade Berry James, Moderator

  • Jade M. Berry James, Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Programs, Department of Public Administration, North Carolina State University (NCSU), "The Role of Government in Sustaining Social Equity & Promoting Justice: Avenues for Access, Diversity and Inclusion"
  • Susan Gichora Mwarabu, Graduate Student, North Carolina State University
  • Emily Nwakpuda, PhD Student, University of North Carolina
  • Cryshanna A. Jackson, Associate Professor and Urban Internship Coordinator, College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, Youngstown State University, "Gender Equity in College Athletics"

Session 3

Thorough and Efficient? Equitable School Funding: A Call for Action (Track G)



Maureen McClure and Harold Aughton, Moderators

  • Maureen McClure, Associate Professor, School of Education, University of Pittsburgh
  • Harold Aughton, PhD Student, School of Education, University of Pittsburgh
  • Jessie Ramey, ACLS New Faculty Fellow, Women’s Studies and History, University of Pittsburgh
  • Joseph F. Lagana, Founder and CEO, Homeless Children's Education Fund

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