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Race, Ethnicity, Gender, And The 2020 Elections

Wednesday, October 28, 2020
7:00pm – 8:30pm


The dynamics of race, ethnicity and gender have long played central roles in U.S. electoral politics and are once again front and center in the upcoming November federal, state and local elections. Politicians and advocates seek to understand voter behavior across these categories to develop campaign strategies, and analysts seek to assess their impact on election outcomes. The significance of race, ethnicity and gender in American politics and elections has become even more salient in the current context of a health pandemic and most recent spate of state violence both of which have disproportionately impacted Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) communities, and the social justice protests that have emerged in response. This panel will discuss the relationship and impact of these identities and issues on the upcoming elections and public policy-making for the next four years and beyond. We will reserve the last 30 minutes for questions from the audience.

Moderator Jonelle Reynolds, Ph.D. Director of Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives Office for Diversity & Inclusion

Panelists Debo Adegbile, Esq. Partner, Wilmer Hale Government and Regulatory Litigation Group Co-Chair of Anti-discrimination Practice

Glenn Magpantay, Esq. Executive Director, National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance Chair, LGBT Committee of the Asian American Bar Association of New York Professor, Brooklyn Law School, Hunter College/ City University of New York and Columbia University.

Evelyn Simien, Ph.D. Professor of Political Science Director of the Race, Ethnicity, and Politics (REP) Master's degree program

Doug Spencer, Ph. D. Professor of Law and Public Policy

Charles Venator-Santiago, Ph.D. Associate Professor, Political Science & El Instituto: Institute for Latina/o Studies

Janene Yazzie, M.A. Co-Founder and CEO of Sixth World Solutions

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