2020 Taylor Symposium Agenda

Inequality in Income, Education, and Health Care:
Extent, Causes, and Consequences

Wednesday, March 11, 2020
8:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.
IUPUI Campus Center, 420 University Boulevard

Guest parking is available in the Vermont Street garage, which is located at 1004 West Vermont Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202.


8:00-8:45 a.m.Registration (Campus Center Theater, Lower Level)
8:45-9:00 a.m. Welcoming and opening comments - Robert Rebein, Interim Dean, IU School of Liberal Arts (Campus Center Theatre, Lower Level)
9:00-9:45 a.m.

Plenary Session (Campus Center Theater, Lower Level)

Donald Kenkel, Chief Economist, Council of Economic Advisors, White House


Federal Regulatory Reform: The Implications for Efficiency and Equity

Well-designed Federal regulations promote important social purposes, including the protection of workers, public health, safety, and the environment. Cost-benefit analysis and regulatory reform aim to improve economic efficiency, but it also important to examine whether the results are equitably shared across the U.S. population. This address will review evidence about the impact of Federal regulatory reform on the real incomes of lower- and middle-income households.

  9:45-10:00 a.m. 


10:00-10:45 a.m.First Group of Concurrent Sessions

Inequality in Education I (Campus Center, third floor)

Tom Sugar, Vice President of Partnerships, EAB; Cofounder and former
President of Complete College of America


The Moon Shot for Equity: An Unprecedented Public-Private Partnership to Advance Higher Education

Ten years in, the college completion movement is in danger of losing momentum — at the very moment we have discovered the elimination of equity gaps in higher education is finally within our reach.  Instead of falling back, we must double down, leveraging new technical assistance and funding capacities to reach higher. To do so, we must summon our country’s collective will, innovation and pioneering spirit to launch an unprecedented public-private partnership.

Inequality in Health I (Campus Center, third floor)

Elizabeth Bowman – Epidemiology Manager, Department of Epidemiology, Marion County Public Health Department.

Ellie Hansotte – Environmental Health Specialist, Marion County Public Health Department

Jennifer Conner –Division Projects Manager, Marion County Public Health Department


Health Inequalities in Marion County, Indiana

Health inequities are rooted in the history of our county, state, and nation. Groups of people who have historically faced discrimination are confronted with worse health outcomes today. In Marion County, Black, Non-Hispanic residents and those living in poverty appear to be burdened by the highest levels of health inequities when compared to other demographic groups.  This presentation will provide information on key health inequities in Marion County, their root causes, and some potential solutions for helping to combat them.

Inequality in Income I (Campus Center, third floor)

Srikant Devaraj, Research Economist and Research Assistant Professor, Ball State University


Income Inequality at a local-level. Can local governments play an active role to reduce the income inequality?

Income inequality in the US has grown over the past several decades, along with divergence of economic outcomes between regions.  Despite more than five decades of active federal policies to support low income households there remains high variation in wealth and income distribution across people and places.  This Presentation will focus on income inequality and intergenerational mobility at a local (county) level, discuss broad policy considerations, and paths for additional research.

10:45-11:00 a.m.  Break
11:00-11:45 a.m. Second Group of Concurrent Sessions

Inequality in Education II (Campus Center, third floor)

Danette Howard, Senior Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer, Lumina Foundation

Dr. Danette Howard is senior vice president and chief strategy officer at Lumina Foundation, the nation’s largest private foundation focused solely on increasing student access and success in postsecondary education. Howard oversees several of Lumina’s key strategies to increase Americans’ attainment of high-quality postsecondary degrees and credentials, including strategic work in both state and federal policy.

Inequality in Health II (Campus Center, third floor)

Antoniette M. Holt, Director for the Office of Minority Health for the Indiana State Department of Health

Antoniette Holt has committed her career to public health.  She specializes in knowledge and issues of state government, public health, cultural competence, diversity, health equity, and minority health concerns. Holt has conducted research and led community outreach projects related to cultural competency and health disparities. She joins this year to add valuable input on urgent matters that involve underserved communities within Indiana and the nation.



Inequality in Income II (Campus Center, third floor)

Peter Rangazas, Professor of Economics; Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis


US Education Policy gets an F

The primary reason for rising wage inequality in the U.S. is an education policy that is flawed at all levels—from the cradle to workforce entry.  Education is only raising skills, productivity, and wages for a small minority of the population.  Dr. Rangazas explores this unfortunate phenomenon, and what it means for the nation.

12:00-2:00 p.m.

Luncheon (Campus Center 450, fourth floor)

Presentation of the Joseph T. Taylor Excellence in Diversity Awards

Nasser Paydar, Chancellor, IUPUI, and Executive Vice President, Indiana University

Luncheon Keynote: Aleesia Johnson, Superintendent, Indianapolis Public Schools





















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