*NOTE: Please arrive at 12:30 pm for registration, as the summit will start at 1:00 pm sharp, and we want to be sure everyone is seated.
Overview: Recently, Nashville was called the "it" city in a New York Times article. Economic growth, low unemployment, public works projects, and a powerful health care industry are all irrefutable signs that Nashville is on the move. Music City is magnate for artists, music companies and tourists. But is the growth lifting all boats or just the usual suspects? Will this growth turn Nashville not only into the "happening" city, but a just city? Will expansion lead to bigger buildings, more millionaires, more disparity between people and neighborhoods or will it lead to more fairness, more equity, more justice? In other words will it be just growth or just growth? Read an op-ed in The Tennessean about the summit and the reasoning behind it here.
Keynote speaker: The keynote speaker will be Dr. Chris Benner, co-author of Just Growth: Inclusion and Prosperity in America’s Metropolitan Regions (which includes a section on Nashville). Dr. Benner is an expert on community and regional development and a faculty member at the University of CA, Davis. His research highlights the relationships between technological change, regional development, and the structure of economic opportunity, focusing on labor markets and the transformation of work and employment patterns.
Call to action: Dr. Forrest E. Harris, the President of American Baptist College and a faculty member at Vanderbilt Divinity School, will provide the call to action. Dr. Harris is the author of three books and, since 1988, has been the Director of Vanderbilt Divinity School’s Kelly Miller Smith Institute on on the African-American Church.
Breakout sessions: Breakout sessions with will focus on six areas: immigration, incarceration, housing, economic development, education, and health. Each session will include a personal story from someone affected by that issue, a research-based presentation, and an engaging dialogue about how inequality shows up in that particular area in Nashville. Breakout session presenters are as follows:
- Immigration: Stephanie Teatro, TN Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition
- Economic Development: Dr. Sekou Franklin, Middle Tennessee State University
- Education: Amy Frogge, Metro Nashville School Board Member, District 9
- Health: Gordon Bonnyman, Jr., Tennessee Justice Center
- Housing: Dr. Mick Nelson, Tennessee Housing Development Agency
- Incarceration: Damien Durr, Children’s Defense Fund
Other details: Will you need childcare for the event? Please explore possibilities for having childcare covered if possible, but we are planning to provide as much as possible. We don't want childcare needs to keep anyone away though, so just email us at NOAH.TN.firstname.lastname@example.org if you'll need childcare. We'll get back to you as soon as we know how many and what ages we can accommodate (so please include: 1) the number of children you'll need childcare for and 2) their ages).
We are also planning to have simultaneous Spanish translation for at least the immigration breakout session--please get in touch via the above email if you have questions about that as well.