Future of Work

The Joint Center’s future of work program is focused on identifying the challenges and opportunities of the changing nature of work for Black communities. See below for research, analysis, and activities related to the future of work for Black communities.

Joint Center President Joins Virtual ABFE Conference Panel on ‘The Future of Learning & Work in Black Communities’

On April 16, Joint Center President Spencer Overton joined a panel session at the virtual ABFE Conference entitled The Future of Learning and Work in Black Communities. Other panelists included Duke University Sanford School of Public Policy Professor Dr. William Darity Jr., National Black Worker Project Center Executive Director Tanya Wallace-Gobern, and Lumina Foundation Strategy…

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Apr. 13 COVID-19 Policy & Black Communities Roundup

This roundup reviews recent COVID-19 policy developments that affect Black communities. Click here for our COVID-19 policy page, which is constantly updated. Last week, the Washington Post published the Joint Center’s op-ed calling on the CDC to release racial data on COVID-19 deaths, and the Administration acknowledged that the coronavirus is hitting Black communities particularly hard. Survey…

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April 6 COVID-19 Policy & Black Communities Roundup

At the Joint Center, we’re monitoring the impact of COVID-19 and policy as they affect Black communities, and we’re collaborating with civil rights groups, community organizations, and others to analyze, strategize, and engage. Click here for our COVID-19 policy page, which is constantly updated. Last week early data showed that COVID-19 has hit the health and economies…

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Joint Center Vice President Jessica Fulton Joins Economic Policy Institute’s Black Workers Roundtable

Joint Center Vice President Jessica Fulton joined Economic Policy Institute’s Black Workers roundtable to discuss policy priorities during the 2020 presidential race. Other panel speakers included Center for American Progress Senior Economist Gbenga Ajilore, The Groundwork Collaborative Managing Director of Policy and Research Janelle Jones, and NAACP Legal Defence and Education Fund, Inc. Senior Researcher…

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An Introduction to the Future of Work in the Black Rural South

The Joint Center’s report, An Introduction to the Future of Work in the Black Rural South, is the first in a series of reports about Black Rural South and the future of work. We define the Black Rural South as 156 counties designated as rural by the USDA and have populations that are at least…

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Joint Center President Leads Discussion at FCC Future of Work Roundtable

On February 11, Joint Center President Spencer Overton moderated a discussion on defining the future of work at the FCC future of work roundtable. In the discussion, Spencer quoted McKinsey & Company’s report The Future of Work in Black America which says that 23.1 percent of African Americans are at risk of potential job loss…

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Joint Center Hosts Convening on the Future of Work in Philadelphia

On February 7, 2020, the Joint Center, Comcast NBCUniversal Foundation, and The City of Philadelphia hosted a day-long convening at the Comcast Technology Center in Philadelphia, PA to discuss the challenges and solutions for the Black residents of Philadelphia regarding the future of work. Joint Center President Spencer Overton kicked off the conversation with a…

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Joint Center Vice President Attends National Skills Coalition 2020 Skills Summit

On February 4, Joint Center Vice President Jessica Fulton attended the National Skills Coalition 2020 Skills Summit in Washington, DC. The event allows attendees to networking with workforce leaders, state delegation-building and advocacy, federal policy updates, developing a relationship with representatives, and discussing actionable steps for federal skills policy. See the full program here.

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