Symposium on Race and Poverty: Translating Knowledge into Action
This fall, the McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research at New York University Silver School of Social Work is hosting a research-focused thematic event, the Symposium on Race and Poverty: Translating Knowledge into Action. The discussions and presentations featured will address issues and disparities that directly affect families and children of color living in poverty.
The McSilver Institute is delighted to invite the public to this special event, the first of its kind led by the Institute's new director, Dr. Michael Lindsey. The symposium will open at 9am at the Kimmel Center Rosenthal Pavilion at 60 Washington Square South.
9:00am Welcome and Opening Remarks
Silver School Interim Dean Dr. Jim Jaccard
NYU Provost Dr. Katherine E. Fleming
McSilver Institute Director Dr. Michael Lindsey
9:30am Deputy Surgeon General Sylvia Trent-Adams
11:00am Dr. Garth Graham
Introduction by Dr. Cheryl Boyce
12:15–1:00pm Break for Lunch (Restaurant suggestions will be shared with attendees)
1:00pm Dr. Lisa Gennetian
2:00pm Anne Williams-Isom
Introduction by McSilver Institute Deputy Director Gary Parker
3:00–4:30pm Remarks and Conversation with Tavis Smiley
Deputy Surgeon General RADM Sylvia Trent-Adams, PhD, RN, FAAN
As Deputy Surgeon General, Rear Admiral (RADM) Sylvia Trent-Adams advises and supports the Surgeon General regarding US Public Health Service Commissioned Corps operations, and in communicating the best available scientific information to advance the health of the nation.
She served as the Chief Nurse Officer of the USPHS from November 2013 through May 2016. In this role, she advised the Office of the Surgeon General and the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on the recruitment, assignment, deployment, retention, and career development of Corps nurse professionals.
RADM Trent-Adams has held various positions in HHS working to improve access to care for poor and underserved communities. As a clinician and administrator, she has a direct impact on building systems to improve public health for marginalized populations around the world. Prior to joining the Office of the Surgeon General, RADM Sylvia Trent-Adams was Deputy Associate Administrator for the HIV/AIDS Bureau of the Health Resources and Services Administration.
Garth Graham, MD, MPH
Dr. Garth Graham is president of the Aetna Foundation. In his role, Dr. Graham is responsible for the Foundation’s philanthropic work, including its grant-making strategies to improve the health of people from underserved communities and increase their access to high-quality health care.
Dr. Graham previously served as deputy assistant secretary in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, where he also led the Office of Minority Health. His numerous achievements include implementing key health equity provisions of the Affordable Care Act and guiding the development of the first federal action plan to eliminate health disparities under the Obama administration. Just prior to joining the Aetna Foundation, Dr. Graham was the assistant dean for health policy and chief of health services research at the University of Florida School of Medicine in Gainesville. There he was the principal investigator on a number of grants related to improving health outcomes in underserved populations.
Dr. Graham is a widely recognized researcher, writer and editor on health disparities. He has authored articles that have been published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, Health Affairs and Circulation. He has served on the faculty of the University of Florida School of Medicine and Harvard Medical School. He has also served on a number of boards including Institute of Medicine Board on Population Health, World Health Organization Scientific Group on Equity Analysis and Research, Board of Directors of Physicians for Human Rights and he was appointed to the Federal Coordinating Council on Comparative Effectiveness Research. He was also named the Distinguished Millennium Visiting Scholar at Columbia University.
Lisa Gennetian, PhD
Lisa Gennetian is a Research Professor, Institute for Human Development and Social Change, Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development, New York University. She earned her PhD in Economics from Cornell University. Dr. Gennetian’s research portfolio spans poverty and policy research, income security and stability, early care and education, and children’s development, with a lens toward causal mechanisms. Her work with Dr. Eldar Shafir “The Persistence of Poverty in the Context of Economic Instability: A Behavioral Perspective,” describes a behavioral framework for poverty programs and policy.
In 2015 she launched the beELL initiative; applying insights from behavioral economics to support parent engagement in, and enhance the impacts of, early childhood interventions. She is co-PI on a randomized control study of a monthly unconditional cash transfer to low income mothers of infants, co-PI at the National Center for Research on Hispanic Families and Children directing the poverty focus area; and, has served as an Associate Editor of Child Development since 2012.
Anne Williams-Isom is the Chief Executive Officer for the Harlem Children’s Zone® (HCZ). Driven by the belief that community strengthening and child welfare go hand in hand, the HCZ began as a one-block pilot in the 1990s that has since grown to serve over 12,500 children and 13,000 adults.
Ms. Williams-Isom took over the position of CEO in 2014, before which she served for five years as Chief Operating Officer. As COO, she oversaw all programs in HCZ’s cradle-through-college pipeline, including Promise Academy I and II, led HCZ’s more than 2,000 staff, and strengthened the organization’s use of data to improve services and outcomes. She also took the reins in restructuring HCZ’s College Success Office and developing innovative strategies to support college students individually and at scale.
Ms. Williams-Isom currently serves on the Advisory Council of the recently created My Brother’s Keeper Alliance, and in January 2016, she was appointed by Mayor Bill de Blasio to his Children’s Cabinet Advisory Board and selected to be a member of the spring 2016 cohort of the Aspen-Pahara Education Fellows Program. Ms. Williams-Isom has been featured in The New York Times, Barron’s, Crain’s New York, The Chronicle of Philanthropy, and Essence, as well as on WABC’s Here and Now and Bloomberg EDU.
From his celebrated conversations with world figures to his work to inspire the next generation of leaders, Tavis Smiley—broadcaster, author, publisher, advocate, and philanthropist—has emerged as an outstanding voice for change. Smiley is currently the host of the late-night television talk show Tavis Smiley on PBS, as well as The Tavis Smiley Show from Public Radio International (PRI).
Smiley has written 21 books, including his New York Times bestselling memoir, What I Know for Sure: My Story of Growing Up in America. In the The Rich and the Rest of Us: A Poverty Manifesto, also a Times Bestseller, Smiley and his co-author Dr. Cornel West challenge all Americans to re-examine their assumptions aboutpoverty in America—what it really is and how to eradicate it.