The Systemic Justice Project is co-sponsoring the Harvard Kennedy School Conference on Poverty and Inequality. For more information, see below:


On behalf of our conference planning committee, we’d like to invite you to the Conference on Poverty & Inequality. In light of the recent election, our theme is Tackling Poverty & Inequality under a Trump Presidency. We hope to highlight the deep economic anxieties that surfaced across the US in the 2016 election. The conference is Saturday, February 25 at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Registration is now open ($15 for students; $30 for non-students). Please register, connect with us on Facebook, and visit our website for more information.

Speeches and panel discussions will cover a range of topics, like affordable housing, early childhood development, K-12 education, and extreme poverty/joblessness.We have some exceptional speakers confirmed, including:

  • Dennis Kucinich, Progressive Advocate, Former Eight-Term US Congressman, and Two-Time Candidate in the Democratic Presidential Primary
  • Daniel Gillion, University of Pennsylvania Presidential Associate Professor and author of Governing with Words: The Political Dialogue on Race, Public Policy, and Inequality in America
  • Portia Wu, Former Assistant Secretary of ETA at the US Department of Labor
  • David Ellwood, Former Kennedy School Dean and Former Co-Chair of President Clinton’s Working Group on Welfare Reform
  • Melissa Boteach, Director of the Poverty to Prosperity Program at the Center for American Progress
  • Robert Doar, Morgridge Fellow in Poverty Studies at the American Enterprise Institute
  • Hanna Skandera, New Mexico Education Secretary
  • Thomas Kochan, MIT Professor and Co-Director of MIT Sloan’s Institute for Work and Employment Research
  • Maria Mossaides, Child Advocate of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts
  • Carol C. Buris, Executive Director of the Network for Public Education Foundation
  • Amy Glasmeier, MIT Economist & Creator of the Living Wage Calculator
  • William Beardslee, Distinguished Gardner/Monks Professor of Child Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and Director of the Baer Prevention Initiatives, Department of Psychiatry, Children’s Hospital Boston

If you have any questions or would like your student group recognized in our program materials for “joining the conversation,” please email Ben Mays (Conference Co-Chair) at We look forward to seeing you there!