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Unfinished Business

Equal Opportunity, Fisher, and the Supreme Court

A Conversation with UT-Austin Graduate Sergio Lopez Interview conducted by Tara Yarlagadda, Field Associate Tell us a little bit about where you grew up, your hobbies and pursuits, and what brought you to UT-Austin. During what years were you ...


Today is #EqualPayDay. Here’s why it’s Not a Time for Celebration.

Morgan Spears, Emerson National Hunger Fellow The Leadership Conference Education Fund "Just got paid, it's Friday night!" This 80’s anthem by Johnny Kemp still resonates today, because — for far too many people — Fridays and other d...


The Tipped Minimum Wage Hasn’t Budged in 25 Years. That’s a Problem.

Morgan Spears, Emerson National Hunger Fellow The Leadership Conference Education Fund Indivar Dutta-Gupta, Director, Project on Deep Poverty and Senior Fellow Georgetown Center on Poverty and Inequality After a quarter century, change has...


NHLA Releases 2016 Agenda to Advance Latino Community

By Hope Kroll, a Spring 2016 Leadership Conference Education Fund Intern In February, the National Hispanic Leadership Agenda (NHLA), a coalition comprised of the nation’s 40 prominent Latino organizations, released their 2016 Hispanic Public Po...


From the Global to the Local: CEDAW Activism in the United States

By Tara Yarlagadda, Field Associate On March 14, just a few blocks from the United Nations, nearly 100 women’s rights advocates and NGO representatives gathered to attend a panel discussion called “From the Global to the Local: CEDAW Activism ...


Civil Rights Advocates Use Landmark Law to Fight for Transportation Equity in Baltimore and Alabama

By Ellen Hense and Julie Faust Since the 1955 Montgomery, Alabama, bus boycott, transportation access and civil rights have been indelibly linked for those seeking equal opportunity for all Americans. Now civil rights advocates in Alabama and Mary...


In Baltimore, Obama Addresses Heightened Anti-Muslim Rhetoric

By Hope Kroll, a Spring 2016 Leadership Conference Education Fund Intern Last Wednesday, President Obama spoke at the Islamic Society of Baltimore, where he reinforced the importance of unity and of ensuring that core American values, including fr...


Transportation Equity Caucus Celebrates 5 years of Expanding Opportunity

By Julie Faust and Anita Hairston In September 2010, the nation’s leading civil rights, disability, racial justice, faith-based, housing, and transportation organizations joined together with the common goal of advancing federal transportation p...


This Giving Tuesday, Help Us Build a Nation as Good as its Ideals

Sixty years ago today, Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on a bus in Montgomery, Ala., at a time when segregation on public transportation was still legal. A year later, the U.S. Supreme Court outlawed bus segregation, and within a decade of Par...


House Speaker Ryan Plans to Hold Up Comprehensive Immigration Reform

By John Hamilton, a Fall 2015 Leadership Conference Education Fund Intern On November 1, House Speaker Paul Ryan, R. Wisc., made rounds on morning talk shows laying out his vision as the newly elected Speaker of the House of Representatives. One t...


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