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?


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


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


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


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.