Event Date and Time
Colony Ballroom, Stamp Student Union
Join us for the 5th Annual Parren J. Mitchell Symposium 
Race & Wealth Inequality: Examining Shades of Opportunity


10:30am: Wealth Matters: Examining Racial Wealth Inequality

Description: Wealth inequality scholars will discuss the causes and consequences of racial wealth inequality and highlight themes important to understanding the dynamics of continued racial wealth disparities.


Dr. Cedric Herring, Professor of Sociology & Public Policy, aHrabowski Innovation Fellow, and Director of the Language Literacy, and Culture PhD Program at the University of Maryland Baltimore County


Dr. Thomas Shapiro, Director, Institute on Assets and Social Policy and the Pokross Professor of Law & Social Policy at the Heller School for Social Policy at Brandeis University

Dr. Loren Henderson, Assistant Professor of Sociology & Public Policy, Hrabowski Innovation Fellow at the University of Maryland Baltimore County

Dr. Louise Seamster, Postdoctoral Teaching Associate at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville


12:15pm: Wealth Building: Investing in Community Change

Description: Business leaders and policy makers discuss how they leverage personal wealth and government funding to change local communities for the better.


Will Jawando, Co-Leader of the African-American Student Achievement Action, Founder of Our Voices Matter, Maryland, and Co-Founder of the African Immigrant Caucus


Dr. Judy Dlamini, Founder & Exectutive Chairman of the Mbekani Group

Monty Cooper, Lawyer with Crowell & Moring, LLP

Gary Rozier, Senior Vice President of Institutional Marketing at Ariel Investments

Tonia Wellons, Vice President, Greater Washington Community Foundation


2:00pm: Wealth Solutions: Creating Wealth Equity for Communities of Color

Description: Wealth inequality scholars will discuss how race intersects with wealth accumulation across people’s lives and how we might mitigate racial wealth inequality.


David C. Harrington, President & CEO of the Prince George's Chamber of Commerce


Dr. Sandy Darity, Samuel DuBois Cook Professor of Public Policy, African American Studies, and Economics at Duke University

Dr. Tyson Brown, Assistant Professor of Sociology, Director of the Center for Biobehavioral Health Disparities Research, Duke University

Dr. Darrick Hamilton, Professor of Economics and Urban Policy, The New School of Social Research at the New School in New York


4:00pm: Reception with remarks from Dr. Judy Dlamini


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