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CAMBRIDGE — Black students, alumni and public service leaders will gather April 8-10 for Harvard’s inaugural Black Policy Conference at the Kennedy School of Government.
Conferees will participate in panel discussions and workshops with the mission of creating a sustainable network of black public service leaders to address and strategize around issues facing communities throughout the African Diaspora.
Washington DC Mayor Anthony Williams MPP 87 will deliver opening night remarks at 6 p.m. April 8 in the John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum. Author Les Brown will deliver the closing Keynote speech on April 10.
Conference participants include:
* Cheryl Dorsey, president, Echoing Green Foundation
* Rep. Chaka Fattah (D-PA), member, U.S. House of Representatives
* David A. Thomas, professor of business administration, Harvard Business School
* William Julius Wilson, University Professor, Kennedy School of Government; director, Joblessness and Urban Poverty Research Program, Kennedy School
Workshop panels will cover a range of issues, including:
* Access to higher education: Barriers and strategies for improvement
* Investing in Caribbean and African Nations: Opportunities and risks in emerging markets
* Health care policy and the African Diaspora: Access to quality health care
* Economic development in our communities: Strategies for success
* Black political involvement, engagement, and empowerment
* The role of African nations in global politics: A roundtable of African Ambassadors
Members of the media are invited to cover this event. Phone the Kennedy School Communications Office at (617) 495-1115 to make arrangements.