Thur., Apr. 25, 2013, Noon to 1 p.m.
Closing the Opportunity Gap: Building Equity in Oklahoma
Oklahoma History Center, Chesapeake Room
800 Nazih Zuhdi Dr. Oklahoma City, OK 73105
Kate Richey, Policy Analyst
Oklahoma Policy Institute
As Oklahoma emerges from the Great Recession, our economic future is bright but uncertain. The most vulnerable among us – low-income people and residents of low-income neighborhoods – were hit first and worst by the housing crisis and subsequent recession, exacerbating long-standing disparities in wealth and asset-ownership.
Kate Richey, Policy Analyst with the Oklahoma Policy Institute will present data and analysis on the racial wealth gap in Oklahoma – from home and business ownership to savings, investments, and other assets vital to long-term financial security. This research points to deeply entrenched gaps in wealth, income, and employment between white and nonwhite Oklahomans. Without equitable economic growth at the state level, broad-based prosperity and the ideal of the American dream will become increasingly out of reach.
About the Speaker:
Kate Richey joined Oklahoma Policy Institute in January 2011. She has a B.A. in Business from the University of Texas at San Antonio and an M.A. in Political Science from the University of Central Oklahoma. Kate has extensive experience teaching government and public policy at the college level and currently researches and writes about healthcare, immigration, poverty, race and the economy in Oklahoma. She works with a diverse group of individuals and organizations on a range of policy initiatives to protect assets and advance opportunity for low income Oklahomans and in communities of color.
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