Uniting Our Divided City: Closing the Racial Wealth Gap

April 22, 2016

Bass Lecture Hall, The Lyndon B. School of Public Affairs, The University of Texas at Austin

12:00pm – 2:00pm

The fourth and final program of the Opportunity Forum’s 2015-16 Lunch Series on Uniting Our Divided City, this event focuses on our community’s persistent racial wealth divides. Wealth is critical for families to achieve financial stability and build a better life. But the ability to build wealth in our society is highly racialized, leading to a racial wealth gap that is now at historic levels. Today, Black and Latino households currently have 80% less wealth than white households, with far reaching consequences. What does this mean for Texas families and what is being done to address the ever-growing inequality?

Speaker:

Mechele Dickerson
Professor, School of Law
The University of Texas at Austin

Panelists:

Ann Baddour
Director, Fair Financial Services Project
Texas Appleseed

Don Baylor
Senior Associate
Urban Institute

Roy C. Lopez
Community Development Officer
Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas

Moderator:

Heather K. Way
Clinical Professor, School of Law
The University of Texas at Austin

Lunch Series Co-Sponsors:

The William Wayne Justice Center for Public Interest Law
The Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs
The Institute for Urban Policy Research & Analysis
The Longhorn Center for Community Engagement
The Graduate Program in Community and Regional Planning

Presentations:

Mechele Dickerson’s presentation (audio)
Mechele Dickerson’s  presentation (powerpoint)
Ann Baddour’s presentation (powerpoint)
Don Baylor’s presentation (powerpoint)
Roy C. Lopez’s presentation (powerpoint)

 

More information: Registration for this event is no longer available.