In April, we launched our future of work roundtable series in conjunction with U.S. House Education & Workforce Committee Ranking Member Bobby Scott. We also talked about the future of work with think tank leaders and Black public administrators, mayors, scholars, philanthropy executives, and activists. On congressional staff diversity, we engaged at Harvard and Yale and with the National Urban League. We also said farewell to former Joint Center president Togo West. Details below.
FUTURE OF WORK
Joint Center and Congressman Scott Host Future of Work in Transportation Roundtable: On April 11 the Joint Center in conjunction with U.S. House Committee on Education and the Workforce Ranking Member Congressman Bobby Scott hosted a roundtable exploring the impact of autonomous vehicles on workers of color. Six members of Congress participated and presenters included experts from Toyota, Full Color Future, Case Western University, and the Teamsters. Read more and watch the full session here.
Joint Center Talks Future of Work to Black Public Administrators: During the annual conference of the National Forum for Black Public Administrators (NFBPA) in Cleveland, Spencer and Greensboro, NC Human Relations Executive Director Love Crossling, PhD discussed the role of public administrators (e.g., city managers, economic development directors, and more) in preparing workers in Black communities for jobs of the future. More on our blog.
Joint Center Moderates Autonomous Vehicles Plenary at Black Mayors’ Conference: The April 27 plenary session at the African American Mayors Association (AAMA) Annual Conference featured Malcom Glenn of Uber, Ellie Casson of Waymo, Rena Davis of Lyft, and Simone Brody of Bloomberg Philanthropies’ What Works Cities. More here.
Economist William “Sandy” Darity at Joint Center’s “Black Communities” Future of Work Session: On April 23, Spencer led a Future of Work group of scholars and activists at Black Communities: A Conference for Collaboration in Durham, NC. A highlight of the session included remarks from William “Sandy” Darity – a Duke professor who is one of the world’s top Black economists. More on our blog.
Joint Center Introduces Future of Work Keynote at the 2018 North American Think Tank Summit: On April 12, Spencer introduced keynote speaker Michael Chui of the McKinsey Global Institute by raising a few questions to consider about the effects of automation on workers of color. More on our blog.
MGI and McKinsey Analytics Explore the Effects of AI: Drawing on more than 400 examples of existing and potential uses of analytics and AI (artificial intelligence) across 19 industries, MGI Research and McKinsey Analytics recently published a paper, Notes from the AI frontier: Insights from hundreds of use cases, exploring the effects of these technologies on business.
North Carolina Luring Amazon with HBCUs: As the state with the most historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) in the nation, North Carolina offers solutions to Amazon’s diversity challenges. More from WRAL News here.
Why Diversity Should Matter to Facebook: At Facebook’s hearing on data privacy with the U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce, Mark Zuckerberg was questioned about Facebook’s diversity efforts, which sparked arguments about the relevance of diversity to the hearing. More from Fortune here.
FedEx Ramps-up Automation: FedEx has begun implementing new technology systems to replace human labor. More from the New York Times here.
The Future of Social Services: Allison Fine and Beth Kanter examine the implications of artificial intelligence for the delivery of social services in the Stanford Social Innovation Review. Full article here.
CONGRESSIONAL STAFF DIVERSITY
Joint Center Presents at Harvard Kennedy School’s Black Policy Conference: On April 14, Don Bell, Director of the Joint Center’s Black Talent Initiative, joined a panel to discuss the historic and current effects of racism in public policy at various levels. He discussed the lack of staff diversity on Capitol Hill, its implications on policy-making, and recommendations for increasing power of future generations of people of color. Read more here.
Joint Center Releases Statement on Capitol Hill’s Racial Pay Inequity: Our statement responded to LegiStorm’s research that found white staffers make much more than their colleagues of color in both the U.S. House and Senate. Read it here.
Joint Center on Increasing the Representation of Black Lawmakers and Policymakers: Don shared insights from his law career and the importance of representation on Practicing While Black ’s podcast. Listen to it here.
Joint Center Speaks to Yale Law Students: Don spoke about the importance of increasing political inclusion and diversity, and the Joint Center’s efforts in this area. Read more here.
Women Lead the Largest Congressional Diversity Associations: All four of the largest congressional diversity associations are now led by women. Moreover, they are all supported by female vice presidents. Read more about them in Roll Call.
Female Chiefs of Color: The US Hispanic Chamber of Commerce featured a panel on House and Senate female chiefs of staff which included Bianca Ortiz Wertheim (Sen. Tom Udall, D-NM), Rhonda Foxx (Rep. Alma Adams, D-NC), Beth Jafari (Sen. John Cornyn, R-TX), and Angela Ramirez (Rep. Ben Lujan, D-NM).
Project 2020, an organization of women who have come together to build a pipeline project for women of color, is looking to identify rising stars. To qualify, “the applicant has to have proven legislative, communication or management effectiveness with a demonstrated ability to move and shape policy, substantive policy knowledge, bipartisan relationships, networking skills, ability to engage with stakeholders, and leadership and mentoring skills.” Please submit a paragraph about a rising star you may know to BLKwmncongressional@gmail.com by May 4.
Senate Black Legislative Staff Caucus’s Black Boy Joy Symposium: On April 19, the Senate Black Legislative Staff Caucus (SBLSC) hosted a panel on the role of Black men on Capitol Hill, covering everything from salary negotiations to addressing common stereotypes in the office. The panel included National Urban League Sr. VP Don Cravins, Speaker Paul Ryan’s Chief of Staff Jonathan Burks (R), and Senator Kamala Harris’s Legislative Director Clint Odom (D).
BUT WAIT… THERE’S MORE
Joint Center at Black Philanthropy Conference: On April 16 in Memphis, Spencer moderated a plenary conversation on building Black political power at the national conference of ABFE – A Philanthropic Partnership for Black Communities (formerly the Association of Black Foundation Executives). The discussion featured Funders’ Committee for Civic Participation Deputy Director Alexis Anderson Reed, the Movement for Black Lives’ Electoral Justice Project Leader Jessica Byrd, Rockefeller Brothers Fund’s Democratic Practice Director Keesha Gaskins-Nathan, and Black Voters Matter Fund’s Co-Founder LaTosha Brown. Details here.
Discussing Challenges that Confront Black Males on the Rock Newman Show: In honor of the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination, Spencer joined educators on WHUT-TV’s Rock Newman Show to discuss racism and the effects it has on young Black men regardless of their socio-economic class. Watch it here.
Joint Center at NUL’s 2020 Census Black Roundtable: On April 17, Spencer joined the National Urban League’s roundtable on the importance of the 2020 Census on the Black community. More on our discussions here.
Joint Center, NFBPA, and the Joyce Foundation Host a Conversation on Gun Violence and Policing: Following the National Forum for Black Public Administrators’ panel on gun-related violence and police community relations on April 11, we held an intimate conversation with about 25 public officials from around the nation to discuss ways to implement solutions. The session grows out of our 2016 report on the issue.
The Champion of Underserved Communities Leaving FCC: After eight years of service at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), Commissioner Mignon Clyburn has decided to step down. She has been a consistent champion of underserved communities, and a good friend of the Joint Center. We appreciate her service to our nation. Read more on Commissioner Clyburn’s important legacy here. The Joint Center sent this letter to Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer (D-NY) recommending Geoffrey Starks for a seat on the commission.
The Joint Center is seeking a Director of Workforce Development and a Workforce Development Policy Analyst to drive our future of work research and policy efforts. We are also looking for a Development Manager.
The Bipartisan Policy Center is seeking Summer Interns for 2018. If you’re interested in applying, please contact Julie Anderson at email@example.com and/or Mike Vavala at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Detroit Equity Action Lab (DEAL) at the Damon J. Keith Center for Civil Rights is seeking a racial equity research fellow. Apply here.
- Funeral of Secretary Togo West: President Bill Clinton and many others reflected on the life of former Joint Center President and Veterans Affairs Secretary Togo West at his funeral service at the Washington National Cathedral on April 24. For more details (including video of the full funeral service), go to our blog.
- Retirement of Margaret Simms: On April 4, Fred Leigh and Spencer presented opening toasts at the Urban Institute to celebrate Margaret Simms’s many contributions to the Joint Center, African American think tanks, our community, and our nation.
- Howard University hosted a book discussion on Ronald W. Walters and the Fight for Black Power, 1969 – 2010 on March 28. Buy the book here.
- Alisha Bell – who is the National Association of Black County Officials’ President, Wayne County (MI) Commission Vice Chair, and a Joint Center roundtable alum – was featured in Governing Magazine. Read it here.
- Uber unveiled its latest diversity numbers. African Americans account for 8.1% of Uber’s U.S. employees and 2.5% of leadership.
- JPMorgan Chase & Co. released its annual Corporate Responsibility Report, which shares data like the Entrepreneurs of Color Fund in Detroit lending or approving $4.7 million to minority business owners.
- Engaging Podcasts: Kadija Ferryman considers fairness in precision medicine, Carson Martinez talks health data privacy, Riana Pfefferkorn sheds light on ‘Side-Channel Cryptanalysis,’ and Courtney Cogburn discusses the use of virtual reality in race relations with Joe Miller on his latest episodes of the WashingTECH Tech Policy Podcast.
- Labor in the Digital Age: The AFL-CIO Commission on the Future of Work and Unions will be May 3 in Washington, DC. RSVP here.
- The AFL-CIO and Cornell University’s Strategic Corporate Research Summer School program will be from June 10 – 15 in Ithaca, NY. The once-a-year training is designed for students and others who want to work as researchers in unions and other social change organizations. Apply here.
- The National Organization of Black County Officials will hold its Economic Development Conference May 2-6, in Prince George’s County, MD. Spencer will speak on future of work in Black communities on May 4. Details here.
- The National Association of Workforce Development Professionals is holding its annual conference May 21-May 23 in Phoenix, Arizona. Details here.
- Public Knowledge will hold its EmergingTech DC event on May 7. Spencer will speak on the future of work. Details here.
- The Silicon Valley Community Foundation’s Innovation Conference will be September 16-18 in San Francisco. Spencer will present an introductory keynote for a panel on how artificial intelligence affects future jobs. Register here.