Gooden Joins International Conference on Curbing Inequalities
October 1, 2018
By Pamela Stallsmith
Susan Gooden, Ph.D., interim dean of the Wilder School and an internationally recognized expert on social equity and public policy, participated in the 5th World Conference on Remedies to Racial and Ethnic Economic Inequality in Brazil.
The conference, held at the Federal University of Espirito Santo in Vitoria in the southeast of Brazil, brought together scholars, policy analysts, researchers and practitioners from across the world to participate in a broad and deliberate discussion on action plans for equitable change across sectors. It took place Sept. 26-29.
Gooden, professor of public administration and policy, shared her expertise on panels organized by members of the American Society for Public Administration, of which she is past president. She delivered a presentation on “Race and Social Equity: Examining the Nervous Area of Government in an International Perspective,” which expands on her a widely cited book she wrote in 2014, “Race and Social Equity: A Nervous Area of Government.” Additionally, she moderated the session, “Disrupting Patterns and Distracting Practices in Social Structures,” which examined the relationship between inequity and disparities across many subfields, including health, education, food insecurity and justice.
The conference sought to expand and reaffirm initiatives to curb inequalities in the world, a focus that aligns with the Wilder School’s.
“In many parts of the world, poverty, underdevelopment, marginalization, social exclusion and economic disparities remain closely associated with racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance,” Gooden said. “At the Wilder School, our faculty are leading the conversion about social equity in public safety, governance, and economic and community development.”