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Opening Plenary

Michael D. Tubbs, Mayor, City of Stockton, California

A speech by Mayor Michael Tubbs, the first African-American mayor of Stockton, California, and the youngest mayor in the city's history.

Panel 1: Resistance and Liberation: Past and Present

Nusrat Choudhury MPA ‘06 (Moderator), Professor Daniel Gillion, Daniel Harawa, and Angel Padilla MPA ‘13

Now more than ever, it is incumbent upon current and future policy professionals to develop a strong understanding of historical resistance movements in order to proactively curtail and reactively resist policies that may have a detrimental impact on marginalized communities and communities of color. Past minority resistance movements sought to create change by mobilizing communities and building coalitions. We hope to learn from their example and develop tools to apply similar lessons to the policymaking and policy analysis process. To explore this subject, we will discuss past resistance and solidarity movements led by people of color and hear from activist and policy professionals who are resisting the status quo within and outside of formal institutions.

Panel 2: Imagining an Inclusive Future

Ambassador James Gadsden MCF '85 (Moderator), Tanya (Toni) De Mello MPA ‘08, Sarah Sayeed, and Sam Sinyangwe

In order to create liberating policies, we must be forward thinking of futures that include the most vulnerable and marginalized of our communities and societies. Through this panel, we want to explore how a political imagination centered on the idea of the inclusive future can create more equitable policies. These conversations are happening on college campuses, are led by marginalized communities, and are bolstered by open data and the latest technology. As members of an unjust society, capturing the imaginations of how our shared futures will look is critical to understanding how to alter or uproot unjust systems and create just policies. Our goal is to walk away with ideas and steps we can take to create a more inclusive future.

Closing Reception Lunch: Where Do We Go From Here?

Keynote: Ben Jealous and Rep. Eric Johnson MPA ‘03

Ben Jealous, the former president and CEO of the NAACP and the John L. Weinberg/Goldman Sachs & Co. Visiting Professor and Visiting Lecturer at the Woodrow Wilson School, joins Texas State Representative Eric Johnson MPA ‘03 in conversation to discuss the role of policy in pursuing social justice in our current political climate.