Vanderbilt and Fisk faculty and administrators discuss race and wealth disparities

Vanderbilt and Fisk universities joined together Aug. 25 for a daylong conference that addressed issues reelated to race and wealth disparities.

The conference gave scholars, students and community members the opportunity to discuss questions such as: What is wealth and does wealth consist only of material things or does it also include access to education and the ability to control one’s own culture? Also discussed were matters such as: When did disparities in wealth based on race begin and what keeps them in place?, and What is the role of universities in helping to eliminate wealth disparities and how do Vanderbilt and Fisk fit into this issue in Nashville?

The conference took place at Fisk University’s Race Relations Institute and at the Bishop Joseph Johnson Black Cultural Center at Vanderbilt.

Listen to remarks by Fisk University Provost Kofi Lomotey

Listen to remarks by Vanderbilt University Vice Chancellor for University Affairs David Williams

Contact: Princine Lewis, (615) 322-NEWS

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