What do the words “equity” and “opportunity” mean to you? Some people have never had to think twice about whether they’ve had a fair shot at attaining their goals. But a growing number of people are feeling as though they're losing ground when it comes to the possibility of economic advancement. Others say the lack of resources in schools, on the job front and in the community have been lifelong barriers for them and their neighbors.
Our second topic in our ongoing THINK! initiative is “Equity and Opportunity.” During our discussions, we will examine the roles bias, fear and lack of understanding play in denying people personal and professional growth. How do these challenges impact the general population’s ability to advance and prosper? We’ll expand the dialogue to include the broader implications on society.
- What can be done to empower those who feel disenfranchised?
- How can broad coalitions be built to transcend differences?
- What options exist to increase economic stability and mobility for all?
Live Broadcast Event
On April 6th, 2017 we held a special Town Hall Television event. This live forum on Equity and Opportunity examined ways to promote equity, empowerment and inclusion for all in Southwestern PA. The program was hosted by Chris Moore, and includes co-host Lisa Washington.
Betty Cruz, Director, Change Agency
James Guffey, Executive Director, South Hills Interfaith Movement
Dr. Jamil Bey, Executive Director, UrbanKind Institute
Angela Allie, Director of Equity, Pittsburgh Public Schools
Wasi Mohamed, Executive Director, Islamic Center of Pittsburgh
Tay Waltenbaugh, CEO, Westmoreland Community Action
Majestic Lane, Deputy Chief of Neighborhood Empowerment, Office of the Mayor