As part of Brown University's Black Alumni Reunion weekend, Professor Kenneth Wong organized and moderated a panel, “Double Bind of Racial and Economic Inequality in Education,” on September 22, 2018.
Fifty years ago, in response to a divided nation of “one black, one white,” the presidential, bipartisan Kerner Commission recommended sweeping reform to confront “pervasive discrimination in employment, education and housing.” Today, racial and income gap in education and other opportunities remains a challenge. This panel critically discussed innovative strategies to address the opportunity gap. The panel's lead speakers were Wendell Pritchett ’86, P’22, Provost at the University of Pennsylvania, and Prudence Carter ’91, Dean of the Graduate School of Education at University of California Berkeley.
Panelists and the audience discussed several questions:
- How do we frame (or define) the current state of educational and economic opportunities for African Americans? What are the main obstacles in advancing our opportunity society?
- Do we see common ground for broad-based, bold actions that aim to disrupt the current educational and economic structure?
- What are some guiding principles that enable universities to sustain their engagement to contribute to a new level of opportunities for African Americans?