RaJade M. Berry-James, PhD and Tracey Ray, PhD
2013 Conference Co-Chairs

 DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, Raleigh Brownstone-University
Raleigh, North Carolina • USA


Wednesday, June 5, 2013 

11:00 AM – 1:00 PM        
Registration Open & Information Desk Open (Outside of the Washington Room)

1:00 PM – 2:30 PM

RaJade M. Berry-James, PhD and Tracey Ray, PhD
2013 Social Equity Leadership Conference Co-Chairs

Jeffrey Braden, PhD

Opening Plenary
Marc Holzer,  PhD
Dean, Board of Governors Professor
School of Public Affairs and Administration (SPAA), Rutgers University-Newark

                                                                          Concurrent Sessions (Click on title for abstract)

2:45 PM – 4:00 PM

Panel 1 (Washington Room)
Literacy & Social Justice Youth Development
Angela Wiseman, David Myers, Eric DeShields, & Jennifer Castillo
Christina Foster & Krystina Dillard, Moderators

An Analysis of the Feasibility of a Universal Early Childhood Education System
Sheri M. Baxter

Panel 2 (Jefferson Room)
UNCOVERING SW Raleigh: Enhancing citizen voice through CREATIVE youth and community engagement.
Craig C. Brookins, Brittney Cofield-Poole, Amanda Matson  & Jason Hibbets

Panel 3 (Lincoln Room)
Our Foundation Focus
James GoreProgram Officer, Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation
Stacey Parker-Fisher, Program Officer, Oak Foundation
Damon Circosta, Executive Director,  A.J. Fletcher Foundation
Dr. Gail ChristopherVice President Program Strategy, W. K. Kellogg Foundation
Dr. Mary Tschirhart, Moderator

 4:15 PM – 5:30 PM

Panel 1 (Washington Room)
Race, Class, Gender, Incarceration & Re-Entry: Power, Privilege, and Marginalization in the US Criminal Justice System                      
Heather Wyatt-Nichol, Brian N. Williams, Renita L. Seabrook & Lorenda Naylor

Panel 2 (Jefferson Room)
Promising Practices, Best Practices and Breakthrough Practices
Jeffrey Braden, Richeleen Dashield, Tracey Ray and Joanne G. Woodard, RaJade M. Berry-James (Moderator)

Panel 3 (Lincoln Room)
The Raleigh Promise: Increasing Educational Opportunity and Success of Disadvantaged Urban Youth
Jose A. Picart, Paula Moten-Tolson, Angie Wright, & Royce Hathcock

6:00 PM – 8:30 PM

Welcome Reception 

Held at the Harvest Grill at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Raleigh Brownstone-University


Thursday, June 6, 2013

7:30 AM – 8:00 AM
Continental Breakfast

8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Registration & Information Desk Open (Outside of the Washington Room)

8:30 AM – 9:15 AM
H. George Frederickson, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor,
Department of Public Administration, University of Kansas, Lawrence and 
President Emeritus, Eastern Washington University

                                                                           Concurrent Sessions (Click on title for abstract)

9:30 AM – 10:45 AM

Panel 1 (Washington Room)
The Inequity in Education of African American Male
Mr. Clinton Robinson, Mr. Derrick Byrd, Janet Johnson, & Keith Sutton

Marvin Connelly, Moderator

Panel 2 (Jefferson Room)
Local Nonprofits: Community Commitments and Research Needs
Focus: How are they committed to community needs? What are their research needs?
Alan WinsteadExecutive Director,  Meals on Wheels of Wake County
Beth Briggs, Executive Director,  NC Council for Women, NC Department of Administration
Wendy L. Greene, Director, North Carolina Prisoner Legal Services, Incarcerated Youth Advocacy Project
Dana Boole, President & Chief Executive Officer, Community Affordable Housing Equity Coalition
Larry Wooten, President, North Carolina Farm Bureau
Eileen Hannan, Moderator

Panel 3 (Lincoln Room)
Social Myths and Public Policy: How Social Myths Impact Legislation, Health Outcomes and Community Well-being
Sarah DeYoung, Candalyn Rade, Kiersten Johnson, & John Strange

11:00 AM – 12:15 PM

Panel 1 (Washington Room)
Reading the Fine Print: Analyzing Recent Legislative Impacts on Minority Communities in Virginia
Daphne Bryan, Ashley Chapman, Robert Mayfield

Susan T. GoodenModerator 

Panel 2 (Jefferson Room)
Homelessness in Wake County: Barriers and Risks
Emily Nwakpuda, Suzie Mwarabu,  K.L. Thigpen, Kevin Cromwell, & Beth Bordeaux

Panel 3 (Lincoln Room)
Same-Sex Marriage Coalitions and the 501(c)(4) Strategic Organization
John Strange

Public Sector Infrastucture and Social Equity in the Implementation and Enforcement of LGBT Rights
Kris Norman-Major

Nonprofit Board Governance: Challenges of Inclusivity and Voice
Jessica Katz Jameson

An Intergenerational Perspective of Liberatory Acts of Resistance and Community
Engagement around Health and Well-Being in African American Females
Jameta N. Barlow

12:30 PM – 2:00 PM

Luncheon Plenary (Luncheon will be held in the Roosevelt Room)

                                                                           Concurrent Sessions (Click on title for abstract)

2:15 PM – 3:30 PM

Panel 1 (Washington Room)
Public Parks and Squares: An Opportunity for Increased Social Equity
Emily B. McCartha

An Ontological Approach to Social Equity in Education
Michael Zhang, T. Jameson Brewer

Theories, Issues and Perspectives in Social Equity
Mitchell Rice

Panel 2 (Jefferson Room)
The Effects of Ethnic Diversity and Econominc Conditions on Enactment of English-Only Laws in the United States
Andrew I.E. Ewoh, Augustine Hammond

But You Look Like Me: Issues of Assimilation and Social Equity in the U.S. Virgin Islands
Kula A. Francis

What About the Children? Continuing the Community Conversation About Children of Incarcerated Parents
Melissa Radcliff

Carolina del Norte and the New South: Social work practice with new Latino immigrant communities
Arianna Taboada, Lisa de Saxe Zerden, Quentin Joshua Hinson

Panel 3 (Lincoln Room)
North Carolina Innocence Inquiry Commission: Duties, Virtues, Principles and Consequences
Susan Camilleri

The Effect of Local-level Culture on Prison Reentry
Leon A. Harris III  & Mark S. Fleisher

The Invisible Job Seeker: The Absence of Ex-Offenders in Discussions of Diversity Management
Brandi Blessett

The Leadership Framework for Decision Making: Susceptibility to Toxic Individuality
Kenny A. Hendrickson

3:45 PM – 5:00 PM

Panel 1 (Washington Room)

Relevance of Affirmative Action: An Examination of Competing Perspectives
Charlie Williams, PhD

Fostering Equity Through the Development of a Democratic Workplace
Tim Hatcher, Tina Irvine

Improving Equity in Education through STEM Career Readiness and Access to Opportunities
Janet Johnson

Panel 2 (Jefferson Room)
Getting the Job Done: The Value of Social Equity Toolkits
Susan T. Gooden

Mobilizing Local Assets to Strengthen Rural Communities: The Vital Role of Community Philanthropy in Building Social, Economic and Political Capital
Pearl K. Ford Dowe

Social Equity, Social Justice, and Systems Theory in the Administrative State: The Case of Energy Policy
Lenneal Henderson

An Effective Nonprofit Board: Roles, Responsibilities, Recruitment and Orientation
Ruth A. Peebles

Panel 3 (Lincoln Room)
HMIS: Data Collection Efforts in the Homeless Service Sector
Cara Robinson

The Affordable Care Act: A look at Immigrants and Mental Health Care Policy
Katherine Ngaruiya, Suzie Mwarabu

Exercising Choice: An Evaluation of Equity in Developmental Disabilities Policy
Michael Andrew Walton

7:00 PM

The NC Eugenics Project, “You Wouldn’t Expect”
Hunt Library, Centennial Campus
A bus will depart from the hotel at 6:30 pm to take participants to the Hunt Library on 
Centennial Campus.


Friday, June 7, 2013

7:30 AM – 8:00 AM
Continental Breakfast

                                                                           Concurrent Sessions (Click on title for abstract)

8:00 AM – 9:15 AM

Panel 1 (Washington Room)
Housing Reform in NYC
Larry Terry

Health Equity and the ACA: Achieving the Goal of Realized Access?
C. S. Cors

DiverseLab: Teaching to the Standards of Cultural Competence
RaJade M. Berry-James, Susan Mwarabu, Traci Young, & Kevin Cromwell

Panel 2 (Jefferson Room)
Implementing the New ASPA Code of Ethics with Special Emphasis on Social Equity
James Svara, Blue Wooldridge, Susan Gooden &  RaJade M. Berry-James

Panel 3 (Lincoln Room)
Neutralizing Social Inheritance in America Schools
Wilbur C. Rich

Factors that Contribute to Higher Education Employee Voluntary Turnover
Jaehee Park

9:30 AM – 10: 45 AM

Panel 1 (Washington Room)
Equity in Voting Accessibility
Dohyeong Kim, Ph.D, Ronald G. Penny

Higher Education as a Mediator for Philanthropic Investment in an Urban Neighborhood: Evidence of a Managed Ethic
Elizabeth Hudson

What Have We Done To Our Daughters? Maternity Leave–Policy and Practice
Victoria Gordon

Panel 2 (Jefferson Room)
Separate but Equal: U.S. Civil Unions and Domestic Partnerships
Lorenda A. Naylor, Heather Wyatt-Nichol, Blue Wooldridge

Wallace SwanContributing Faculty Member, Walden University,  


Panel 3 (Lincoln Room)
Mi Esperanza: Hope for Women of Honduras
Quinn Novels

Growing Pains: Instituting Participatory Budgeting in America
Marco Castillo

A Balancing Act: Governance Challenges in Balancing Efficiency and Social Equity Goals in South African Municipal Government
Ogochukwu Nzewi

11:00 AM – 12: 15 PM

Panel 1 (Washington Room)
Voices from an Urban Wetland: Narratives, Vision, and Praxis
Norman Camp, Craig Brookins, Sherry Graham, Father Jemonde Taylor & Robin Moore

Panel 2 (Jefferson Room)
Moving Towards Environmental Justice
Celeste Murphy Greene

Using HBO’s The Wire to teach urban issues
Jocelyn D. Taliaferro, Tia Sheree Gaynor, & Christopher S. Toenes

School Annexation and Consolidation in Arkansas Examining Equity Issues Involved in the Processes
Linda Blake

Merit-based, Lottery-funded Scholarship in United States: Social Equity Implications
Lindsey L. Evans

Panel 3 (Lincoln Room)
How to Create a Sustainable Nonprofit Strategic Plan
Ruth A. Peebles

Disproportionality of African-Americans in Public Child Welfare Services
James Nordin, Linda Orrante, Karl Porter

Criminal Records Background Checks in Employment: A Critical Economic Development Issue
Scott Nolen, New Jersey Institute for Social Justice

12: 45 PM – 1: 45 PM

Closing Plenary & Social Equity Awards Luncheon (Luncheon will be held in the Roosevelt Room)
Blue Wooldridge, Virginia Commonwealth University
Susan T. Gooden, Virginia Commonwealth University
Richard Mahoney, NC State University

2:00 PM – 5:00 PM

NASPAA Site Visitor Training (Training will be held in the Washington Room)

Crystal Calarusse, Chief Accreditation Officer

RaJade M. Berry-James
2012-13 COPRA Chair

Interested in becoming a NASPAA site visitor? 

NASPAA site visitors are the backbone of the accreditation process — they serve as the eyes and ears of the Commission on Peer Review and Accreditation (COPRA) — visiting campuses and bringing a peer-review perspective to accreditation. Site visitors have the opportunity to give back to the public affairs community, while meeting new colleagues and learning about best practices in the field. Teams consist of three members, a chair, a traditional academic, and a practitioner, each of whom is matched to a specific graduate program. The site visits typically require 2-3 days of time in February or March, as well as a follow-up report to COPRA. While there are no honoraria, expenses incurred during the visit are reimbursed.

The site visitor training process is simple.  You can plan to attend site visitor training either online or at regional and national conferences throughout the year.  The next site visitor training is at the upcoming 2013 NASPAA Annual Conference: Wednesday, October 9, 2013, L’Enfant Plaza Hotel, Washington, D.C. Attendees of this session should watch the required prerequisite videos for the session.  If you’re interested in training as a site visitor, you can find more information online at NASPAA’s website, or email Heather Gregory ( at NASPAA.

RaJade M. Berry-James, PhD
NASPAA COPRA Chair, 2012-14