Author Archives: Patrick McNeil

#IAmNotYourWedge: Asian American Students Rally Against Anti-Affirmative Action Lawsuits

By Tara Yarlagadda, Field Associate On November 17, 2014, Students for Fair Admissions, Inc., an advocacy group opposed to affirmative action, launched lawsuits against Harvard University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC-Chapel Hill). Students for Fair … Continue reading

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One Way We Can Help Narrow the Expanding Racial Wealth Gap

On Friday, Pew Research Center released data showing that, since the end of the Great Recession, the racial wealth gap has only gotten larger. In 2013, White households had 13 times the median wealth of Black households and 10 times the … Continue reading

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Come See the Documentary, “Commonwealth”

In the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s oldest city, Philadelphia, schools are shut down as prisons are being built. The film “Commonwealth” documents what happens to communities like Philadelphia when states invest in prisons while at the same time slashing public education … Continue reading

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What Leadership Conference Interns are doing to Broaden Discussions about Profiling

By Angela Pavao, a Fall 2014 Leadership Conference Education Fund Intern On Tuesday, December 2, The Leadership Conference Education Fund interns hosted the final segment of our Faces of Profiling discussion series on discriminatory profiling in the United States. We … Continue reading

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Another Way American Schools are Failing Native Youth

As part of the White House Tribal Nations Conference on December 3, President Obama launched an initiative to bolster opportunities and strengthen conditions for American Indian youth. The White House also released the 2014 Native Youth Report, which reveals that … Continue reading

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How the United States Could be a Global Leader on Disability Rights

In 1992, a United Nations General Assembly resolution established December 3 as the International Day of Persons with Disabilities in order to “promote an understanding of disability issues and mobilize support for the dignity, rights and well-being of persons with … Continue reading

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Transportation Equity Caucus Lifts Up Advancements in Equitable Transportation

By Kaidia Pickels, a Fall 2014 Leadership Conference Education Fund Intern On November 12, the Transportation Equity Caucus held a tele-briefing to learn how state and local transportation ballot initiatives can be used to ensure access to mobility and advance … Continue reading

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