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EVENT ADVISORY: The Case for Diverse Voices in Public Policy

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Contact: Tanya Arditi
Phone: 202.741.6258

Washington, D.C. — On May 22 the Center for American Progress and the Center for American Progress Leadership Institute will host Sen. William “Mo” Cowan (D-MA) and Laura Murphy, Washington legislative office director of the American Civil Liberties Union, in a discussion about the need for diverse voices in leading efforts to legitimize and create sustainable public policy related to communities of color.

While the United States has advanced in remarkable ways over its turbulent history, deep-rooted challenges involving its communities of color still remain. Whether it is health care access, immigration, criminal justice, gender equality, economic opportunity, or education, the development and implementation of progressive public policy that affects communities of color is vital to our national interest. The country’s rapidly increasing racial and ethnic diversity has only made these challenges all the more necessary to address.

The keynote speakers will address how the nation’s leaders must understand the complexity of policymaking in a diverse nation. A panel of the CAP Leadership Institute Fellows will also address how they are preparing themselves to grapple with these critical issues while avoiding the past traps that marginalized the unique perspectives of people living in communities affected by public policies.


Welcome and introductory remarks:
Sam Fulwood III, Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress, and director of the CAP Leadership Institute

Featured speakers:
Senator William “Mo” Cowan, U.S. Senator for Massachusetts (D-MA)
Laura W. Murphy, Director, Washington Legislative Office, American Civil Liberties Union

Featured panelists, Fellows from the Center for American Progress Leadership Institute:
Patricia Campos-Medina, Founder and President, Campos Strategies Group
Kumar Rao, Attorney, The Bronx Defenders.
Christine Soyong Harley, Policy Analyst, Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations
Ramatu Bangura, Program Director, Sauti Yetu Center for African Women

Moderated by:
Faith Leach, Fiscal Policy Manager, Office of the State Superintendent of Education, or OSSE


Wednesday, May 22, 2013
11:30 a.m. ET – 1:00 p.m. ET


Center for American Progress
1333 H St. NW, 10th Floor
Washington, D.C. 20005

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For more information, please contact Tanya S. Arditi at or 202.741.6258.


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