International Policy Conference- Inequality

International Policy Conference- Inequality


Issues of Inequality are a hot topic in America and around the world.  Thank you for joining us to discuss this important matter. Video about the sesions are now available on youtube. We hope to see you next year at the 2015 Inequality Policy Conference at Millersville University! 

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Overview of the schedule (details below):
Thursday, 6th:

  • 8:00-9:45 Featured Policy Speaker Millersville as an Anchor Institution
  • 11:00-12:15 Welcome with Forward by Jeremy Rifkin 
  • 1:00-2:15 Session 1 Globalization or Campaign Finance
  • 2:15-3:35 Session 2 Got Food? or Myth of Meritocracy
  • 4:00-5:15 Session 3 Housing or Disabilities
  • 7:00 Keynote Dr. Elijah Anderson

Friday, 7th:

  • 9:00-10:30 Session 4 Women's Inequality or Criminal Justice System
  • Coffee Break
  • 11:00-12:30 Session 5 Inequality of Disaster Management or Business to fight Inequality
  • 1:00-1:30 Featured Final Speaker Andrew Slack

           Download the complete conference booklet here!          

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014
7:00pm Movie Cover

Screening of Inequality for All  by Robert Reich

Hosted by Dr. Jill Craven

University Room/ Snacks in Kline

Thursday, November 6th, 2014

Welcome by Dr. John Anderson, President of Millersville University

FEATURED SPEAKER Millersville as an Anchor Institution

Steve Dubb, Research Director of The Democracy Collaborative

In 2007, Steve wrote a report on the role of universities in community economic development (Linking Colleges to Communities: Engaging the University for Community Development). Steve has written extensively on the role of anchor institutions (often known as “eds and meds”) in community wealth building. This includes being a co-author of The Road Half Traveled: University Engagement at a Crossroads (2012) and, in 2013, leading the research team that produced The Anchor Dashboard, which aims to provide a framework for hospitals and universities to assess and improve their impact in low and moderate-income.

(Lehr Room)

11:00am-12:15pm Rifkin picture

Featured Presentation: Victor DeSantis Video Forward by Mr. Jeremy Rifkin author of  Zero Marginal Cost Society 

Followed by a Discussion with Drs. Victor DeSantis, Thomas Neuville, and Nivedita Bagchi  



"How to Slide Down the Great Gatsby Curve: Inequality, Life Chances, and Public Policy"  Dr. Miles Corak, University of Ottawa 

Globalization and Capital Markets
(Lehr Room)

Join Dr. Corak as he discusses his research of economic mobility in various country, particularly what makes America different that other capital markets. Faculty Hosts Drs. Ken Smith and Micheal Gumpper.

Co-Sponsored by the Economics Department


Campaign Finance Panel Discussion with Dr. Robert Spicer, Assistant Professor of Journalism at MU;  David O'Connell, Development Director of ITEP
(University Room)

Co-Sponsored by the Walker Center 


Got Food? Solving Food Inequality By Reclaiming Local Food Systems 
Jonathan Darby, Farm Manager for the Horn Farm Center for Agriculture Education
(University Room)

The mission of Horn Farm Center for Agricultural Education is to produce new farmers in the PA region. John is a wild food educator and has been active in the local farming community for ten years. 

Co-Sponsored by the Center for Sustainability


Myth of Meritocracy Shannon Lane, PhD, Associate Professor/Interim Bachelors of Social Work Program Director, Adelphi University
(Lehr Room)

Co-Sponsored by the Social Work Department and The Learning Institute 


Affordable Housing Opportunities Liz Hersh, Housing Alliance of PA; Amber Green, Manor Township Supervisor and Vice-Chair Lancaster Inter-municipal Committee; and Ray D'Agostino, Lancaster Housing Opportunity Partnership 
(University Room)

The burden of excessive housing costs has negative impacts on individuals and the communities in which they reside.  This session will examine why there is lack of decent and affordable housing and how communities can promote a more balanced housing market.  


Disability In-equality: Within Post-Secondary Education Bruce Uditsky, M.Ed., Chief Executive Officer, Alberta Association for Community Living
(Lehr Room)

Come and have a conversation with Bruce even as he sits in his Canadian office. Bruce is internationally recognized for his leadership and advocacy in social justice and inclusion for individuals with intellectual disabilities and their families. Students with intellectual disability are attending regular college and university classes through Inclusive Post-Secondary Education as non-credit (audit) students. Education is the great equalizer breaking the barrier for students with intellectual disability at universities



Dr. Elijah Anderson

The Cosmopolitan Canopy – Finding Civility in the Midst of Inequality

Elijah Anderson is the William K. Lanman, Jr. Professor of Sociology at Yale University. He is one of the leading urban ethnographers in the United States. His publications include Code of the Street: Decency, Violence, and the Moral lLife of the Inner City (1999); Streetwise: Race, Class, and Change in an Urban Community (1990); The Cosmopolitan Canopy: Race and Civility in Everyday Life (2012) and much more. He has served as a consultant to a variety of government agencies, including the White House, the United States Congress, the National Academy of Science and the National Science Foundation. 

Professor Anderson will share insights from his ethnographic research in Philadelphia regarding the ways in which public settings like parks, malls and markets can allow diverse populations to share space in a civil and comfortable fashion. 

(Lehr Room, Gordinier Hall)

Friday, November 7th, 2014



Women's Inequality: Pay Gaps and Hobby LobbyDrs. Frederika Schmitt and  Carrie Smith, Millersville University; and Angela Trout, Lancaster YWCA
(Lehr Room)

Carrie Smith will discuss healthcare issues impacting women, Frederika Schmitt will discuss legal inequities affecting women, and the YWCA will send a representative to discuss problems faced by women in Lancaster county and possible remedies. 


Inequality in the Criminal Justice System Harold Dean Trulear, Howard University; and Melanie Snyder, Lancaster Re-Entry Management Organization 
(University Room) 

This session will examine how having a criminal record and having been incarcerated create economic and social disadvantages. It will also address how the concentration of high rates of incarceration in poor, urban, predominantly minority communities further disadvantages those communities.  Presenters will also discuss strategies to address these issues.

Co-Sponsored by The Center for Public Scholarship and Social Change


Coffee Break
Direct Trade coffee and Small Bites provided by: 




Global Inequality of Disaster Management Panel Discussion with Dr. Karen Rice, Dr. Kiersten Bookmiller,  Dr. Robert Bookmiller, Dr. Duane Hagelgans, Drs Sepideh Yalda, Dr. Marc Felizzi, Dr. Norma Rivera-Hernandez, and Dr. Robert Bookmiller.
(Lehr Room)

Learn about global inequality of disaster management. The discussion will build on Hurricane Katrina’s impact on disaster management systems worldwide. In addition, the panelists will comment on experiences and lessons learned from their recent experience in Chile, a highly disaster-prone South American country, frequently victim to natural events. Each presenter’s insights will not only focus on the Chilean experience, but also about the challenges and critical issues as related to disaster management from a global perspective.

Co-sponsored by MU CDRE.


Renewing Business: Using Business to Fight Inequality Ms. Srirupa Dasgupta, Owner of Upohar Restaurant, Jonathan Coleman, Program Director at ASSETS Lancaster, Katherine McGough, SROI Analyis at Success Markets International.
(University Room)

Co-Sponosred by the SSBN.



Mr. Andrew Slack is a Nathan Cummings Foundation Fellow, where he spent one year in New York City developing the Imagine Better Network: an unprecedented movement that goes beyond Harry Potter Alliance to all fandoms so that fantasy is no longer an escape from our world, but an invitation to change it for the better. He’s been featured in Fast Company, the front cover of, the New York Times, and been named one of the GOOD 100. He’s spoken at TEDx Rome and TEDx Youth in San Diego, served as a keynote speaker at the Nobel Peace Prize Forum and headlined an event there with Nobel Laureates Muhammad Yunus and Tawakkol Karman.