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Building a More Equitable Future: Rethinking the College Mobility Narrative & Local Efforts to Close Opportunity Gaps in the Workforce
As Illinois and the U.S. continue to grapple with the impacts of Covid-19 and work to rebuild the economy, it is imperative to consider how existing systems, narratives, and practices serve to reinforce disparities across our communities. This session will include national research and a historical perspective on how postsecondary attainment efforts have failed to fully grapple with the legacy of structural racism, and will challenge participants to reconsider the college mobility narrative to better understand what is necessary to remove barriers to economic mobility for people of color. Participants will also learn about efforts in Chicagoland to understand and identify key equity gaps in the workforce, enhance college and career pathways systems and programs, and challenge employers to play a re-envisioned role to close equity gaps. The session will conclude with a discussion of implications for the field to address issues of social capital, skills, and the role each part of our education and training systems can play in creating a more equitable future.

Speakers: Michael Collins (JFF), Adrian Esquivel (Chicagoland Workforce Funder Alliance), Emily Rusca (Education Systems Center at NIU)

Feb 25, 2021 09:00 AM in Central Time (US and Canada)

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