Professor Tom Shapiro Speaking in Redwood City


Monday June 19, 9:45 a.m.-12 p.m.
Sobrato Center for Nonprofits - Redwood Shores, Shoreway Conference Room, 350 Twin Dolphin Drive, Redwood City

Join Professor Tom Shapiro, Eric McDonnell of the United Way Bay Area, and Avani Patel of the Peery Foundation for a discussion on the hidden costs of the racial wealth gap and how to create greater equity in the Bay Area. 

Tom Shapiro is director of the institute on assets and social policy at Brandeis University and Pokross Professor of Law and Social Policy at the Heller School. In his new book, "Toxic Inequality: How America's Wealth Gap Destroys Mobility, Deepens the Racial Divide, and Threatens Our Future," Professor Shapiro follows nearly 200 families of different races and income levels over a 12 year period and explores the toll of induced wealth disparity and racial inequality on parents and their children. He reveals how "The lack of family assets along with continuing racial discrimination in crucial areas like home-ownership dramatically impact the everyday lives of many black families, reversing gains earned in schools and on jobs, and perpetuating the cycle of poverty in which far too many find themselves trapped," and argues that inequality not only limits the economic potential of African Americans, Latinos and other communities of color, but if unaddressed, it also stands to threaten our collective future.

This event is free and open to the public.

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