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statescoop 


On August 31, statescoop published a piece titled "Illinois opens up IT consulting contract exclusively to disadvantaged businesses."

The article references Insight Center's analysis that shows few other governments have successfully launched sheltered market initiatives that focus on IT. Our "researchers found that 'race-conscious programs typically include construction and professional service contracting.'”

Governor Bruce Rauner hopes to expand opportunity for more businesses owned by women, minorities, and people with disabilities to provide IT services to the state. 

Click here to read the full piece.

Disrupting the Poverty Cycle

Closing the Racial Wealth Gap in One Generation: Bootstraps are for Black Kids 


Insight Center President, Anne Price, will be speaking at EMPath’s biennial Disrupting the Poverty Cycle Conference in Boston on October 6 and 7. Anne will be speaking about Closing the Racial Wealth Gap in One Generation: Bootstraps are for Black Kids

The conference will bring together top policy makers, researchers, and direct service practitioners to share science-informed approaches, discuss innovative policy solutions, and build active networks that sustain enduring intergenerational exits from poverty.

For more information about the conference and sessions, visit EMPath’s website.  

Insight in the News


Communication is an integral part of Insight's work. We believe that changing the conversation and informing our communities is an essential part of driving real and lasting change. 
OpposingView published a political piece titled "Trump Polling At Zero Percent Black Voters." 

The piece featured Insight's 2010 study that reported "the average median wealth for a single black woman is $100" to further discuss America’s stark and growing racial wealth divide. 

Click here to read the full piece. 

Strive to End Poverty 

 

Dear Friends,

As our country weighs its future, the need for a national conversation about economic inequity is as great as ever. At Insight, we're working to change the dialogue around economic security by connecting lived experience to policy change and bringing to light the hidden mechanisms behind economic inequities.

Data is essential to this effort – we need the research, the hard facts, to give weight to the living proof that we know, see, and feel in our communities. But our conversation also demands to be rooted in the human lives that give rise and real meaning to this data.

Our data needs a face – many faces. 

In our effort to shine a light on Hidden Truths, we're excited to explore two new channels for sharing the lived experience of economic and racial inequality. 

In our new Stories series, we'll hear from folks, of all backgrounds and in their own voice, on how their lives have been shaped and affected by economic insecurity and the larger systems at play. 

In our upcoming podcast series, we'll talk with more people about their lived experience, as well as experts in the field and fellow agents of change. Stay tuned!

Please read on for updates about our newest initiatives, opportunities to engage, and free tools and resources that we hope you will use in service to your communities.   

With enduring gratitude,


Anne Price
President

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Hidden Truths

Unearthing the Root Causes of Economic Inequality 


The Insight Center is excited to announce the launch of "Hidden Truths," a collection of firsthand stories and experiences focused on exposing the root causes of economic exclusion and racial inequity.

By highlighting the lived experience of economic inequity, we aim to challenge current inequitable power structures so that everyone can fully participate in the economy and have the freedom to bring their full selves to our diverse nation.

Our first story is from Elinam “Eli” Dellor, a first-generation immigrant from Ghana who earned a Ph.D. in Public Health from UCLA. In sharing her experience, she talks about student debt and recalls one of her earliest encounters with racial prejudice in her adoptive country. Click here to read her story. 

We're excited to partner with thought leaders, researchers, and advocates to dig deep into topics related to race, poverty, and segregation to expose hidden truths and address root causes of economic exclusion and racial inequity in America. 

Stay tuned for more "Hidden Truths" to come! 
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