Events

Reunions: Race Relations and Diversity: Impacts of Today's Political Climate on Vulnerable Children and Families- A panel discussion

  • Carl A. Fields Center 58 Prospect Avenue Princeton, NJ, 08540 United States

Since Inauguration Day, a flurry of executive orders and cabinet appointments, along with the Republican majority in Congress, foreshadows dramatic changes that will  impact vulnerable children and their families in significantly negative ways. Reduced affordable housing, parental deportations, immigration bans, cutbacks in free and reduced price meals, Medicaid cuts, education vouchers that reduce funds available for public schools, limited access to healthcare, and an increase in xenophobia are some of these challenges. What does it mean for vulnerable families and how can average citizens be supportive and engaged to help those in need?

Moderator: Sheryl WuDunn *88, Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, entrepreneur and best selling author of A Path Appears: Transforming Lives, Creating Opportunity and Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide. Trustee of Princeton University. 

Panelists: 

Yessica Martinez '15, winner of the 2015 Pyne Prize, co-founder of the Princeton DREAM Team, PP55 Fellow at Coalition for Hispanic Family Services

Dan-el Padilla Peralta '06, Assistant Professor of Classics and author of Undocumented: A Dominican Boy's Odyssey from a Homeless Shelter to the Ivy League

Kavita N. Ramdas *88 P16, Feminist Activist and Philanthropic Advisor, formerly with the Global Fund for Women and the Ford Foundation

Margarita Rosa, Esq. ’74, P07, Former Executive Director of the National Center for Law and Economic Justice and The Grand Street Settlement, former New York State Commissioner of Human Rights. Trustee of Princeton University

Sarah Tantillo, Ed.D ’87, educational consultant, author and former founding Director of the New Jersey Charter Public Schools Association. Board Chair Princeton-Blairstown Center 

Sponsored by the Association of Latino Princeton Alumni, Black Graduate Caucus, Department of African American Studies, Graduate Women of Color Caucus, Hidden Minority Council, Latino Graduate Student Association, Princeton-Blairstown Center, Princeton Latinos, Princeton Latinos Y Amigos, Program in Latino Studies, the Pace Center for Civic Engagement, the Princeton Progressive, the Princeton University LGBT Center, the Women’s Center.