Facing Race: A National Conference coming to St. Louis, MO — November 20-22, 2024! #SaveTheDate

Valerie Rawlston Wilson

Director | Economic Policy Institute

Valerie Rawlston Wilson is director of the Economic Policy Institute’s Program on Race, Ethnicity, and the Economy (PREE), a nationally recognized source for expert reports and policy analyses on the economic condition of America’s people of color. She has written extensively on various issues impacting economic inequality—including employment and training, income and wealth disparities, access to higher education, and social insurance—and has appeared in print, television, and radio media.

Presentations from Facing Race 2014

Equity is the Cure for Austerity: Framing the Case for an Equitable Economy

Austerity – the policy of reduced government spending – is a philosophy of public disinvestment that harms communities of color and has been thoroughly debunked by economic experts. Although the current budget agreement may have temporarily quieted the austerity buzz, it is bound to rear its head again during the next contentious negotiation: now is the time to strategize how to counteract this toxic narrative. This session will train participants to employ the framework of equity – just and fair inclusion – as the cure for austerity and the key to America’s economic prosperity.

Speakers: Anand Subramanian, Anat Shenker-Osorio, Sarah Treuhaft, Valerie Rawlston Wilson