Program

Schedule:

8:00-9:00Registration & BreakfastWexner Commons
9:00-10:15Untangling Inequity: Intersectionality and PovertyLittauer First Floor
10:25-11:55The World’s Oldest Colony: Puerto RicoWexner 332
Drug Policy: The Opioid Crisis and War on DrugsWexner 436
Housing is a Right, Not a PrivilegeLittauer 140
12:05-1:00LunchWexner Commons
Bridging the Urban-Rural Infrastructure DivideWexner Commons
1:10-2:40Achieving Environmental JusticeWexner 332
Social Protections and Public PerceptionsWexner 436
Criminalizing PovertyLittauer 140
2:40-3:00Coffee BreakLittauer First Floor
3:00-3:50Keynote Address – Special Rapporteur Philip AlstonLittauer First Floor
4:00-5:30Fighting for Voting Rights and RepresentationWexner 332
Bringing Communities into the ClinicWexner 436
Intersections of Race & Poverty in EducationLittauer 140
5:30-7:00Closing Networking ReceptionWexner Commons

Morning Sessions (10:25-11:55)

The World’s Oldest Colony: Puerto Rico

This session aims to educate attendees and promote conversation around human rights and poverty in Puerto Rico. After Hurricane Maria and the recent fiscal crisis, there is a renewed focus on the rights of Puerto Ricans. This panel will delve deeper into issues surrounding self-governance and the link between poverty and the absence of political rights.

Drug Policy: the Opioid Crisis and War on Drugs

This session will discuss the current state of the national opioid crisis, specifically focused on access to rehabilitative-treatment services. The session will also address the variation in political response to the War on Drugs and the Opioid Crisis.

Housing is a Right, Not a Privilege: Reckoning with America’s Housing and Homelessness Crisis

This session will examine the lack of affordable and adequate housing and issues surrounding homelessness, including lack of public facilities and social protections and the criminalization of those experiencing homelessness. The session will also consider proposed solutions to homelessness, including the use of information-technology systems and their implications for privacy.

Lunch Session (12:05-1:00)

Bridging the Urban-Rural Infrastructure Divide

This session will consider current issues in Internet infrastructure, such as rural broadband access and the socioeconomic implications of the digital divide. The session will also analyze the role of public transportation in poverty and inequality, including the lack of access to essential services and food deserts.

Afternoon Sessions I (1:10-2:40)

Achieving Environmental Justice: Power, Rights, and Protections for Vulnerable Populations

This session will examine environmental concerns that impact those living in poverty. The session will explore both urban and rural cases of industrial pollution’s disproportionate impact on communities experiencing poverty and communities of color.

Social Protections and Public Perceptions

This session will analyze the effectiveness of welfare programs in preventing poverty, including the negative consequences of work requirements and drug testing. The session will explore misperceptions of welfare recipients and the the divergent response to fraud committed by corporations as compared to welfare recipients.

Criminalizing Poverty

This session will consider the use of the justice system to criminalize (and perpetuate) poverty and to generate revenue, particularly through the disproportionate use of fines, fees, and punishments on low-income persons. The session will analyze the consequences of large bail bonds and prolonged jail time and explore solutions like bail reform and algorithmic justice.

Afternoon Sessions II (4:00-5:30)

Fighting for Voting Rights and Representation: From Courtrooms to the Ballot Box

This session will address the nature of American democracy as it relates to people experiencing poverty. The session will examine both explicit and indirect disenfranchisement and the lack of representation of people experiencing poverty.

Bringing Communities into the Clinic: Reducing Disparities through Social Interventions

This session will explore the national lapses in health-insurance coverage despite the passage of the Affordable Care Act. It will also address racial and economic disparities in health outcomes, including infant- and maternal-mortality rates, cancer-diagnosis rates, and obesity.

Intersections of Race & Poverty in Education

This session will discuss the intersection between race and poverty in the U.S. and explore the impact that this intersection has on the learning experiences and opportunities of students within these demographics. It will also delve into policy and practice as it relates to equity within the K through Higher Ed sector, and discuss the power of politics in promoting education reform for students of color.

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