Hosted by the Women of Color Policy Network at NYU Wagner

Over the last decade, affirmative action policies and similar legislation aimed at leveling the playing field for women and racial and ethnic minorities have been significantly rolled back with three states—California, Washington, and Michigan passing laws that ban affirmative action. In fact, the election of Barack Obama as President of the United States has many wondering about the future and need for public policies and legislation that attempt to address issues of racial and gender discrimination. This moderated discussion between Alan Jenkins, President of the Opportunity Agenda and John Payton, President of the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund will explore the shifting public debate on the role of race in American society and Politics.