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Race and Social Equity: A Nervous Area of Government

Panel 10:15-11:30 a.m., DeVoe Moore Conference Room, Bellamy 150E
Lecture at 3:00 p.m., College of Law Rotunda

The Askew School of Public Administration presents the annual Joe Cresse Ethics in Government Lecture and Panel Discussion.

This year's featured speaker is Susan Gooden, interim dean and professor of the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs, Virginia Commonwealth University.

This talk (and facilitated discussion earlier in the day; see ) launches a pragmatic, solution-oriented discussion about race and social equity in government. Gooden's book of the same title contends that nervousness about race has resulted in an inability to seriously advance the reduction of racial inequities in government. Until this nervousness is effectively managed, she maintains, efforts designed to reduce racial inequities in the public sector cannot realize their full potential.

The lecture at 3:00 p.m. in the College of Law Rotunda includes highlights from government agencies at the federal, state and local levels that are “ahead of the curve” in navigating this nervous area of government.

Earlier in the day, Gooden will take part in the panel “Making Progress on Social Justice and Racial Equity in Government." The discussion includes Leon County Judge Nina Ashenafi Richardson, Tallahassee City Manager Cynthia Barber and Askew School Professor James Wright, moderated by Professor Fran Berry of the Askew School.

Gooden is an elected fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA) and past-president of the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA).

Her books include: "Why Research Methods Matter" (2018, Melvin and Leigh), "Race and Social Equity: A Nervous Area of Government" (2014, Routledge), and "Cultural Competency for Public Administrators" (2012, Routledge).

Gooden has received the VCU University Distinguished Faculty Service Award (2016); Best Academic Paper Award, Northeast Conference on Public Administration (2016); Jewel Prestage Pioneer Award, (2015); the Messick Scholar, University of Delaware (2015); Service Award, VCU College of Humanities and Sciences (2011-12); and is the co-recipient of the Best Article of the Year Award, Journal of Public Affairs Education (2007).

She has served in important roles for Network of Associated Schools of Public Policy, Affairs and Administration (NASPAA) and Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM). She formerly served as the Executive Director of the Grace E. Harris Leadership Institute at Virginia Commonwealth University (2007-2015), and she was the founding director of the Race and Social Policy Research Center at Virginia Tech (2001-2004).

Gooden received her Ph.D. from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University.