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The School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs and Social Impact Lab has kicked off this semester’s Open Classroom series: Power to the People: Community Voices in Urban Decision-Making. This semester’s Open Classroom will explore a variety of community-centered research initiatives grounded in racial and social justice values and a commitment to working with community members as co-equals. This Open Classroom series would be held every Wednesday from 6 pm-7 pm EST during the Spring 2022 Semester.

On March 30th, the series would be showcasing, “Economic Justice and the Need for Financial Transformation” The top 10 richest billionaires in the world (all men) doubled their wealth since the beginning of the pandemic while 99% of people are worse off economically. What changes are needed to stop this devastating concentration of wealth and power? What collective actions and policy changes are needed to move toward economic justice? This session will explore the need for financial transformation and discuss changes at multiple levels that can move society toward a more just, decolonial economy.

  • Jennie C. Stephens, Director of the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs; Dean’s Professor of Sustainability Science & Policy; Director of Strategic Research Collaborations, Global Resilience Institute