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National Academy of Public Administration and Rutgers SPAA to Host 18th Annual Social Equity Conference

NEWARK, NJ — The National Academy of Public Administration and Rutgers University–Newark School of Public Affairs and Administration will host a conference June 5-7 called Achieving Social Equality in Turbulent Times: A Grand Public Administration Challenge. The conference will bring together scholars and practitioners to share their expertise on the best ways to address social justice issues including racial and gender disparities in education, health, housing, and treatment in the criminal justice system.

The event’s keynote speaker will be New Jersey Lieutenant Governor Sheila Y. Oliver. In addition, there will be more than 125 conference participants over the three-day conference, providing innovative suggestions for government, nonprofits, and the private sector to achieve a more equitable and just society. There will be five plenary sessions – including social equity in public administration, social equity and the private sector, social equity in Newark, and governance and social equity – and 24 concurrent panel sessions that provide an in-depth look at the most critical questions related to social justice today.
Achieving Social Equality in Turbulent Times: A Grand Public Administration Challenge    
June 5-7, 2019
Event itinerary
Rutgers University–Newark
Paul Robeson Campus Center – Second Floor
350 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Newark, NJ 07102
Keynote: Sheila Y. Oliver, Lieutenant Governor, State of New Jersey
Nancy Cantor, Chancellor, Rutgers University–Newark
Mildred C. Crump, President, City Council of Newark, New Jersey
Teresa Gerton, President and CEO, National Academy of Public Administration
Charles E. Menifield, Dean, School of Public Affairs and Administration, Rutgers University–Newark
Media planning to attend should RSVP to Ginger Swiston at
More information is available about the conference itinerary and event registration.

About the National Academy of Public Administration
Chartered by Congress to provide non-partisan expert advice, the Academy is an independent, nonprofit, and nonpartisan organization established in 1967 to assist government leaders in building more effective, efficient, accountable, and transparent organizations. Learn more at
About Rutgers University–Newark School of Public Affairs and Administration
The School of Public Affairs and Administration (SPAA) at Rutgers University–Newark educates and motivates students to choose careers in public service and administration through its innovative and comprehensive undergraduate and graduate degrees and professional and graduate certificate programs. Rutgers SPAA’s faculty generates knowledge and best practices in public affairs and administration and collaborates with public and nonprofit organizations and professionals throughout the U.S. and the world. Learn more at
About Rutgers University–Newark
Rutgers University–Newark (RU-N) is a diverse, urban, public research university that is an anchor institution in New Jersey’s cultural capital. More than 13,000 students are currently enrolled at its 38-acre campus in a wide range of undergraduate and graduate degree programs offered through the College of Arts and Sciences, University College, the Graduate School, Rutgers Business School-Newark and New Brunswick, the Rutgers Law School – Newark, the School of Criminal Justice, and the School of Public Affairs and Administration. RU-N is exceptionally well positioned to fulfill higher education’s promise as an engine of discovery, innovation, and social mobility. It has a remarkable legacy of producing high-impact scholarship that is connected to the great questions and challenges of the world. It has the right mix of disciplines and interdisciplinary centers and institutes to take on those questions and challenges. It is in and of a city and region where its work on local challenges undertaken with partners from many sectors resonates powerfully throughout our urbanizing world. Most importantly, RU-N brings an incredible diversity of people to this work—students, faculty, staff, and community partners—making it more innovative, more creative, more engaging, and more relevant for our time and the times ahead.  For more information please visit