Can College Level the Playing Field? Higher Education in an Unequal Society
Join the Urban Institute for a conversation about the role of higher education in reducing inequality in a society in which children grow up in dramatically unequal environments and adults face different labor market opportunities depending on their race, gender, and socioeconomic background. The discussion will focus both on improving access to and success in higher education and on public policies that address unequal environments from early childhood onward.
Rekha Balu, Director of Federal Equity Initiatives and Co–Vice President for Race and Equity Research, Urban Institute
Sandy Baum, Nonresident Senior Fellow, Urban Institute
Michael McPherson, President Emeritus, Spencer Foundation; Nonresident Senior Fellow, Urban Institute
David Wessel, Senior Fellow, Economic Studies, Brookings Institution
David Leonhardt, Senior Writer, New York Times (moderator)
Check-in begins at 3:30 p.m. EDT. A Reception will follow from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. EDT. Proof of COVID-19 vaccination, including one booster shot, is required to attend this event in-person. Please be prepared to show proof of your vaccinations upon arrival.
Support for this event is provided by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. For more information on the Urban Institute’s funding principles, go to urban.org/fundingprinciples.
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