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Race and Economic Equity Summit

March 5, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

The Niagara University Rose Bente Lee Ostapenko Center for Race, Equality, and Mission and the College of Business presents. Low unemployment and interest rates, a seller’s housing market, and increased wages indicate economic growth.

However, closer examination of these indicators demonstrate different outcomes for people of color. This summit gathers leading scholars, activists, corporate and government officials to dialogue and deliberate about the barriers and solutions for increased economic security for marginalized community members, especially people of color.

The day is structured to engage three key issues:

  1. What is the impact of a racial equity lens in systematically altering the economic security of people of color within corporations and organizations?
  2. What direct action can corporations and organizations implement to impact the development, recruitment, retention, and promotion of employees of color?
  3. What is the community impact of an intentional race and economic equity strategic plan?

The summit consists of two panels, each tackling one of the above key issues. Each panel includes one keynote presentation from an expert on the topic, comments from three respondents, and audience table talk and report backs. This is an interactive and action planning summit.

Who should attend this on campus summit?

Human resource officers, executives, community leaders, community members, foundations, division leaders, labor representatives, lawyers, and scholars.  The summit is FREE and open to the public. A hot lunch, a coffee break, and a closing reception will be provided.

Time Description
11:00am Check-in/Coffee
11:30am Welcome and Introductions
11:45-12:30pm Lunch
12:30-02:30pm Panel One
Moderator: Dr. Mark Frascatore
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Robert Kallen, DePaul University and Washington University School of Law

  • Kawanza A. Humphrey, Vice President & Corporate Responsibility Officer, Upstate Region, Keybank
  • Valerie White, Executive Vice President at Empire State Development and Executive Director of our Division of Minority and Women’s Business Development
02:30-2:45pm Coffee Break
02:45-04:45pm Panel Two
Moderator: TBD
Keynote Speaker: James Bobseine, Trial Attorney, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

  • Ana Hernandez Kent, Ph.D., Policy Analyst, Center for Household Financial Stability,Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis
  • Jeffrey Pirrone, Project Director, Niagara Falls Empire State Poverty Reduction Initiative (ESPRI), Catholic Charities
  • Terry Melvin, Secretary Treasurer, New York State AFL-CIO, International President, Coalition of Black Trade Unionist
04:45pm Closing Remarks
05:00-06:00pm Networking and Closing Reception


March 5, 2019
11:00 am - 5:00 pm