RSVP for the 2021 Deil S. Wright Lecture: Preparing People of Color for 21st Century Jobs: Unfulfilled Promises and Lost Opportunities

Thursday, April 8, 2021 at 3:30 pm ET

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Norma M. Riccucci, Board of Governors Distinguished Professor at Rutgers University School of Public Affairs and Administration, will deliver the 2021 Deil S. Wright Lecture at the UNC School of Government on Thursday, April 8 from 3:30 to 5 pm ET. She will speak on “Preparing People of Color for 21st Century Jobs: Unfulfilled Promises and Lost Opportunities.”

Riccucci will examine the predictions demographers and economists made in the 1980s about how the social makeup of the American workforce will change by the 21st century. It was predicted that by the year 2000 greater job opportunities for African Americans and Latinx would be created, particularly in the technology industry. She will discuss whether these forecasts have been realized and achieved.

Riccucci is the author of numerous publications and books including most recently, Policy Drift: Shared Powers and the Making of U.S. Law and Policy (New York University Press, 2018). Riccucci’s research interests lie in the broad area of public management, with specific interests in social equity policies and representative bureaucracy.

In 2002, the MPA Alumni Association honored Professor Deil Wright for his 34 years of teaching MPA students by creating the Deil S. Wright Lecture in Public Administration. Each year, a distinguished professional from the field of public administration enriches the educational experience of students, alumni, faculty, and interested members of the community.

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