Douglas Elmendorf (Opening Remarks)
Dean, Harvard Kennedy School
Acting Director, Community Relations Service at U.S. Department of Justice
Vice President of National Communities Alliances, Teach for America
Co-founder of Campaign Zero
President, The Foundation for Research on Equal Opportunity and Editor, Forbes Opinion
Leah Wright Rigueur (moderator)
Assistant Professor of Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School
Panelists Paul Monteiro, Acting Director of Community Relations Service at the U.S. Department of Justice; Brittany Packnett, Vice President of National Communities Alliances, Teach for America and Co-founder of Campaign Zero; and Avik Roy, President of The Foundation for Research on Equal Opportunity and Editor of Forbes Opinion joined moderator Leah Wright Rigueur, Assistant Professor of Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School, for a panel discussion to reflect on the race and justice in the Obama Era. The panelists discussed the way in which President Obama has shaped national movements in race and justice over the past eight years. In particular, they focused on his unique voice as the first black president, successfully balancing all concerns in the national discussion on racially tense issues, such as Ferguson and Dallas.
The panel was co-sponsored by the Ash Center for Democratic Governance & Innovation, the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research, the Malcolm Wiener Center for Social Policy and the Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy.