Join Sarah Rosen Wartell, president of the Urban Institute, for the next installment in Urban’s conversation series, Evidence to Action. During this virtual event, Ai-jen Poo, cofounder and executive director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance, and Elisabeth Jacobs, interim executive director of WorkRise, a new research-to-action network for jobs, workers, and mobility hosted by the Urban Institute, will join Wartell to discuss how to translate “essential” work in policy and practice to ensure all workers are treated with dignity and respect.
The COVID-19 crisis created a new, publicly recognized category of essential workers, including those in the care, health, food service, and transit sectors. These workers have always been essential for our society, economy, and well-being, but many are not rewarded or protected in ways that reflect their essential status. However, the public now better understands the many ways in which we depend on essential labor. This conversation will explore how the crisis has affected essential workers, how the disproportionate representation of people of color in these jobs is connected to structural racism, what policy and practice tools can ensure essential work is dignified, and how to create pathways to opportunity and mobility for all workers.
Urban is bringing evidence-based insights to this crisis, focusing on solutions that advance equity and upward mobility. Each week, Urban experts will speak with changemakers from the government, philanthropic, and private sectors about the knowledge they need to help us respond to the crisis, recover, and become more resilient.
- Imagining a Future of Work That Fosters Mobility for All (US Partnership on Mobility from Poverty)
- Evidence on the Benefits of Expanded Access to Family and Medical Leave (Urban Institute)
- Bringing Dignity Back to Essential Work (Literary Hub)
- Notes from the Storm: Black Immigrant Domestic Workers in the Time of COVID-19 (National Domestic Workers Alliance)
The Future of Work Isn’t What People Think It Is (The New York Times)
EVIDENCE TO ACTION SERIES
The Evidence to Action conversation series elevates the voices of leaders and changemakers responding to, recovering from, and building resilience during and after the COVID-19 pandemic. The Urban Institute was built for this moment. We answer tough questions with unbiased, rigorous research and evidence-based solutions. For 50 years, we have studied what it takes to strengthen social safety net programs, dismantle structural racism, protect workers and families, and build community resilience. Using advanced analytics, data science, technology, and decades of expertise, we equip changemakers with the facts and insights they need to accelerate solutions.