The W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF) recently named and convened 20 individuals who will serve on a newly established Solidarity Council on Racial Equity (SCoRE). These inaugural members are luminaries and thought leaders from advocacy, the arts, entertainment, business, education, and media.
Three council members – Dr. Manuel Pastor, john a. powell, and Dr. David Williams – have previously served as Scholars in Residence at the Clinton School Center on Community Philanthropy.
Established in 2009, the Scholars in Residence program is a designation extended to researchers, practitioners, and senior executives who have demonstrated exemplary contributions in the field of community philanthropy. Each joins The Center for one week at the Clinton School, during which time they write an essay on community philanthropy, interact with students, and faculty and present their work as a part of the Clinton School Speaker Series.
Below is a closer look at each scholar.
Manuel Pastor, Ph.D., Director, Program for Environmental And Regional Equity
October 15-19, 2012
Dr. Manuel Pastor is Professor of American Studies & Ethnicity at the University of Southern California where he also serves as Director of USC’s Program for Environmental and Regional Equity (PERE) and co-Director of USC’s Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration (CSII). Founding director of the Center for Justice, Tolerance, and Community at the University of California, Santa Cruz, Pastor holds an economics Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. In recent years, his research has focused on the economic, environmental and social conditions facing low-income urban communities in the U.S., resulting in articles published in Economic Development Quarterly, Review of Regional Studies, Social Science Quarterly, Journal of Economic Issues, Journal of Urban Affairs, Urban Affairs Review, Urban Geography, and elsewhere. He has also conducted research on Latin American economic conditions, with articles published in journals such as International Organization, World Development, Journal of Development Economics, Journal of Latin American Studies, Latin American Research Review, and Foreign Affairs. His most recent book, Uncommon Common Ground: Race and America’s Future (W.W. Norton 2010; co-authored with Angela Glover Blackwell and Stewart Kwoh), documents the gap between progress in racial attitudes and racial realities, and offers a new set of strategies for both talking about race and achieving racial equity.
john a. powell, J.D., Director, Haas Center for Diversity and Inclusion
March 26-30, 2012
john a. powell is an internationally recognized scholar on race, poverty, and regional equity. Powell serves as the Executive Director of the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity, as well as the Williams Chair in Civil Rights and Civil Liberties at the Moritz College of Law. Under his leadership, The Kirwan Institute has taken a national leadership role in researching, developing, and advocating for regional solutions to problems associated with racialized space. He is also the Director of the Haas Diversity Research Center (HDRC), which supports research to generate specific prescriptions for changes in policy and practice that address disparities related to race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, disability, and socioeconomics in California and nationwide. powell has developed an “opportunity-based” framework for thinking about how an individual’s destiny is affected by a complex and interconnected web of opportunity structures that significantly affect their quality of life. Previously, Powell founded and directed the Institute on Race and Poverty at the University of Minnesota. He has also served as the director of Legal Services of Greater Miami and was National Legal Director of the American Civil Liberties Union.
David Williams Ph.D., Professor of Public Health, Harvard University
April 7-8, 2011
Dr. David R. Williams is the Florence and Laura Norman Professor of Public Health at the Harvard School of Public Health and Professor of African and African American Studies and of Sociology at Harvard University. His first 6 years as a faculty member were at Yale University where he held appointments in both Sociology and Public Health. He is an internationally recognized authority on social influences on health. His research has focused on trends and determinants of socioeconomic and racial disparities in health, the effects of racism on health and the ways in which religious involvement can affect health. He is the author of more than 150 scholarly papers in scientific journals and edited collections and his research has appeared in leading journals in sociology, psychology, medicine, public health and epidemiology. He has been involved in the development of health policy at the national level in the U.S. He has served on the Department of Health and Human Services’ National Committee on Vital and Health StatisticsandonsixpanelsfortheInstituteofMedicineoftheNationalAcademyofSciences. Dr.Williams has also played a visible, national leadership role in raising awareness levels of the problem of health disparities and identifying interventions to address them.
The Clinton School Speaker Series not only enhances the education of Clinton School students, but also provides a venue for the public to engage in intellectual discussions on the issues of the day.