The Walter Stafford Project on Inequality in NYC includes a working symposium at NYU Wagner on October 13-14, 2016. The symposium aims to bring together diverse participants to critically evaluate papers covering the causes, history, and policymaking regarding economic, racial, and social inequality in New York City. Invited participants will include activists, policymakers, practitioners, and researchers from the fields of history, community advocacy, public policy, and the social and behavioral sciences.

The symposium will convene in sequential sessions where paper authors will present synopses of their papers (papers will not be read) and will receive feedback from reviewers who are expert policy makers, activists and or practitioners.  The work of each session is to enhance each authors understanding of how racial inequality shows up in multiple sectors, such as employment, income, housing, education, criminal justice, politics and more.  This was Professor Walter Stafford’s approach to research, that is to cross-fertilize academic research with the work that is being done by practitioners, activists and policy-makers who are dealing with these issues on the ground on a daily basis.

Click here for a presentation from the symposium. 

Advisory Group

Elijah Anderson, Yale University; research methods and ethnography
Richard Alba, Graduate Center, CUNY; demographics and ethnicity
Delores Jones-Brown, John Jay College, CUNY; Criminal Justice
Fabienne Doucet, New York University; Education
John Flateau, CUNY Medgar Evers, African Americans
Nancy Foner, Hunter College; immigration, race, and ethnicity
Mindy Fullilove, Columbia University; social and public health
Philip Harper, New York University; popular culture
Robert Hawkins, New York University; Plight of CBO – Community Activism 
Calvin Holder, CUNY Staten Island; history and Afro-Caribbean immigration
Saru Jayaraman, Restaurant Opportunities Centers United (ROC-United)
Philip Kasinitz, Graduate Center, CUNY; ethnicity and assimilation
John Mollenkopf, Graduate Center, CUNY; race, ethnicity and segregation
Arthur Paris, Syracuse University; community histories
Emily Rosenbaum, Fordham University; housing and segregation
Saskia Sassen, Columbia University; globalization
Sondra Youdelman, Community Voices Heard (CVH)