The 2020 Deil S. Wright Lecture will be delivered by Norma M. Riccucci, Board of Governors Distinguished Professor at Rutgers School of Public Affairs and Administration. She will deliver a lecture entitled, “Preparing People of Color for 21st Century Jobs: Unfulfilled Promises and Lost Opportunities.”
Riccucci’s talk will examine the predictions demographers and economists made in the 1980s about how the social makeup of the American workforce would change by the 21st century. It was predicted that by the year 2000 greater job opportunities for Blacks and Latinx would be created, particularly in the tech industry. Riccucci examines whether these forecasts have been realized and achieved. She asks, for example, “have investments been made in the human capital of Blacks and Latinx?”
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.
Dr. 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.
The event is free and open to the public; however, we ask that you register to attend (we will send along a parking pass when you do). You can register for the event HERE.