Public education funding in Chicago and elsewhere is disproportionately dependent on property values – creating a system where wealthier areas have more money to spend on schools. Whether in major gifts, local booster clubs, or individuals sharing their time, philanthropy plays an outsized role in tackling the issues of equity and diversity, and inclusion in education, both public and private. Join Mellody Hobson – co-CEO and President of Ariel Investments and Chairman of After School Matters, a Chicago non-profit that provides area teens with high-quality after school and summer programs – for a conversation about the role of philanthropy, the importance of giving, and the future of education.
Held quarterly, Harris’ “Perspectives” series features policy leaders and scholars with diverse viewpoints and lived experiences who are confronting crucial questions of diversity, equity, and inclusion in their work to advance social justice through innovative policies. The theme for this year’s series is education as we dive into challenging topics such race, equity, and disparate impact at various levels in the system.