Wednesdays: January 16 – April 10, 2019

6 to 8 p.m.
West Village F, Room 20

Free and Open to the Public

How do we redress racial and social inequality?

Dive into social justice with experts including Adrian Walker from The Boston Globe’s Spotlight Team (January 16), Interim Boston Public Schools Superintendent Laura Perille (February 13), and Boston Police Commissioner William Gross (March 13) as they explore the various approaches towards equity.

Led by Dukakis Center Director Theodore Landsmark, the Myra Kraft Open Classroom will feature local leaders, advocates, and expert professors giving an inside view on achieving equity in an urban setting.

Topics will include:

  • Using Data to Advance Representation
  • The Criminalization of Youth of Color
  • Economic Equity
  • Employment, Training, and Housing Programs

We will livestream seminars on the School of Public Policy and Urban Affair’s YouTube Page.

Join us for a spirited conversation.

The Spring 2019 Myra Kraft Open Classroom is sponsored by Northeastern University’s School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs.


16Revisiting The Boston Globe Spotlight Team’s Analysis of Racial Inequality.-Adrian Walker, Columnist and member of the Spotlight Team - The Boston Globe.

-Ted Landsmark, Distinguished Professor, Public Policy and Urban Affairs; Director, Kitty and Michael Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy.
23Urban Resiliency and Race.-Dr. S. Atyia Martin, CEO and Founder - All Access Inc.; Distinguished Senior Fellow - Global Resilience Institute, Northeastern University.

-George Williams, Director of Initiatives & Partnerships - Mayor’s Office of Resilience & Equity.
30The Use of Police Body Cameras in Boston - A Step Towards Equity?-Jack McDevitt, Professor of the Practice in Criminology and Criminal Justice; Director, Institute on Race and Justice - Northeastern University.
6Civil Rights and Equality in 2019 - A Legal Perspective.-Ivan Espinoza-Madrigal, Executive Director - Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Equity.
13Race and Resilience in the Public Education System.-Laura Perille, Interim Superintendent - Boston Public Schools.
20Crunching the Numbers on Equity – Using Data to Advance Racial and Gender Diversity in Organizations.-Ivette Tapia, Director of Evaluation & Research - YW Boston.

-Alisa Lincoln, Director - Institute for Health Equity and Social Justice Research -Northeastern University.

-Laurie Dopkins, Executive Director - Northeastern University’s Public Evaluation Lab.

-Su Joun, Principal and Owner - Diversity@Workplace Consulting Group.

-Michael Gaskins, Diversity Recruitment Officer & Exam Administrator - Boston Police Department.

-Greg Sobczynski, Office of Diversity and Civil Rights - Massachusetts DOT.

-Bernard Guinyard, Director of Diversity & Inclusion - Goodwin Procter LLP.
27How Data Shapes Policy and Philanthropy.-Luc Schuster, Director of Boston Indicators - The Boston Foundation.

-Daniel O'Brien, Associate Professor, School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs and the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice - Northeastern University; Co-Director - Boston Area Research Initiative.
6Spring Break.
13The Boston Police Department and Community Policing.-William Gross, Commissioner - Boston Police Department.

-Anthony Braga, Distinguished Professor and Director of the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice - Northeastern University.
20Ending Criminalization of Youth of Color.-Kemarah Sika, Vice President of Programs - Boston YW.

-Janelle Ridley, District Coordinator for System-Involved Youth - Boston Public Schools.

-Adiel Pollydore, Communications Director - I Have a Future.

-True-See Allah, Assistant Deputy Superintendent - Suffolk County Sheriff's Department.

-Susan Maze-Rothstein, Teaching Professor - Northeastern University School of Law.
27Putting your Money Where your Mouth is – Economic Equity.-Beth Chandler, President & CEO - Boston YW.

-Kathryn Henderson, Assistant Vice President - Boston YW.

-Nia Evans, Executive Director - Boston’s Ujima Project.

-Celina Barrios-Millner, Director of Equity and Inclusion - Mayor's Office of Economic Development, City of Boston.

-Daylana Ervin-Parker, Director of Budget and Supplier Diversity - Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts.
3Assessing Employment, Training, and Housing Programs.-Alicia Sasser-Modestino, Associate Professor of Public Policy and Urban Affairs and Economics; Associate Director, Dukakis Center - Northeastern University.

-Christopher Mannion, Head of Campus and Early Career Hiring - Wayfair.

-Midori Morikawa, Director of Business Strategy - City of Boston.
10Boston’s Urban Mechanics – Applying Data to Address Race & Resiliency.-Nigel Jacob, Co-founder/Co-chair - New Urban Mechanics, City of Boston.

-Stephen Walter, Program Director - New Urban Mechanics, City of Boston.

-Felice Ling, Founder/Ethnographer - Blue Brick Ethnography.

-Devin Larkin, Director of the Bureau of Recovery Services - Boston Public Health Commission.

Course Credit

Undergraduate: PPUA 4225 and PPUA 4226

GraduatePPUA 7725 and 7726