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Upcoming Events

September 25, 2019 at 1pm ET
Partnerships for Innovation at NSF

October 15-16, 2019
Using Research and Technology to Address Compounding Disparities

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A multi-sectoral, interdisciplinary approach to understanding the dimensions and determinants of social disparities and their intersections is necessary work towards equity and equality of opportunity in the face of rapid technology innovation changing the future of work. How can the research community of federal and state governments, academia, companies, and other actors take institutional and collective action to identify and address disparities at the intersections that will make interventions most effective? How can research institutions act as anchors in their communities to reach marginalized populations? What are best practices for community engagement in the context of deployment and use of emerging technologies without intensifying social disparities? This GUIRR meeting will consider these and other questions to inform cross-sector collaboration and coordination between government, universities, and industry on their roles in working towards addressing the compounding socioeconomic effects of disparities in income, health, education, and digital connectivity.

Tuesday, October 15, 2019
3:00-5:00 pm GUIRR Council Meeting (closed session) - NAS Board Room
4:00-6:00 pm Handling Controlled Unclassified Information (open and unfacilitated discussion for GUIRR university members) - NAS 114
5:00-6:30 pm Networking Mixer - NAS West Court

6:30-8:30 pm


Dinner and Keynote Address - NAS Great Hall

  • Wayne Frederick, President of Howard University
  • Moderator: Al Grasso, GUIRR Industry Co-Chair and Past President and CEO of MITRE Corporation
Wednesday, October 16, 2019
8:00-8:15 am 

Welcome Remarks - NAS Lecture Room

  • Laurie Leshin, GUIRR University Co-Chair and President of Worcester Polytechnic Institute
8:15-9:15 am Identifying Compounding Disparities in Health, Education, and Connectivity
9:15-10:30 am 

Philanthropic Support for Research and Community Engagement

  • Elizabeth Boylan, Program Director at the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation
  • Lilian Coral, Director of National Strategy and Technology Innovation at the Knight Foundation

10:30-11:00 am Networking break
11:00 am-12:30 pm Opportunities for Addressing Disparities with Emerging Technology
  • Marcos Marrero, Director of Planning and Economic Development for the City of Holyoke, MA
  • Edward Metz, Institute of Education Sciences Research Scientist, National Center for Education Research at the U.S. Department of Education
  • Katherine Kim, Assistant Professor at the UC Davis School of Medicine
12:30-1:30 pm Lunch
1:30-2:45 pm Disparities and the Future of Education and the Workforce
2:45-3:00 pm GUIRR Activity Updates
Webinars, Federal Demonstration Partnership, and International Research Collaborations Working Group
3:00 pm