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The 2020 Deil S. Wright Lecture

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Event Date(s): 
Thursday, April 2, 2020
3:30 - 5:00 PM
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UNC School of Government
400 South Road
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
United States

Deil S. Wright Lecture CANCELLED:

Carolina has actively been monitoring the spread of the COVID-19 virus.  While there are currently no confirmed cases on UNC-Chapel Hill’s campus, the University has canceled all campus events of more than 50 attendees effective immediately.  In an effort to maintain the safety and well-being of the Carolina MPA community, the 2020 Deil S. Wright Lecture and Happy Hour scheduled for Thursday, April 2 has been canceled. 

We will be in touch regarding future MPA sponsored events upon the University’s decision to resume campus activities.   

We wish you and your families well during this trying time.


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.

The 2020 Deil S. Wright Lecturer is 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 (abstract found below)

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.



Preparing Blacks and Latinx for Workforce 2000: Unfulfilled Promises and Lost Opportunities
In the mid-1980s, demographers and economists began to make predictions about what the workforce would look like in the 21st century and the implications of the forecasted changes for employees and employers. They predicted that due to demographic shifts in the overall population, the social makeup of the American workforce would change in several important ways by the year 2000 creating greater job opportunities for Blacks and Latinx, particularly in the tech industry. Taken together, demographers called on governments and private sector organizations to develop policies and programs to prepare workers for these new jobs. Educational and training opportunities would be needed to prepare Blacks and Latinx for the new jobs. But, have the predictions regarding changes to the workforce and concomitant recommendations been realized and achieved? Have investments been made in the human capital of Blacks and Latinx?


Event Attendees

Allison Binkley, Staff
Amanda Watlington, Friend
Andy Bradshaw, Staff
Ben Hitchings, Friend
Beverly Smith, Friend
Bill Rivenbark, Faculty
Brandon Foster, Staff
Brian Murphy, Student
Carl Stenberg, Faculty
Catherine Clark '99
Charlie Perusse '92
Cindy Holmes '84
Clay Fleming, Student
Cynthia Faircloth Nabut, Friend
David Ammons, Faculty
David C. Wright, Friend
Denny McGuire, '69
Drew Cummings, Friend
Dylan Russell '17
Faith Brodie '03
Hanna Whitehurst, Student
Hardin Watkins '88
Heather Duhart, Staff
Jack Vogt, Former Faculty
Joe Moore '05
John Stephens, Faculty
Julia McNear, '18
Katie Todd '13
Ken Noland '97
Kevin FitzGerald '83
Kristin Pawlowski, Staff
Laura Robinson, Student
Lea Efird, Student
Leisha DeHart Davis, Faculty
Libby Sequin '18
Lisa Edwards, Friend
Loryn Clark, Friend
Maddie Powers, Student
Maggie Bailey, Student
Makayla Hipke, Staff
Mal Watlington '69
Margaret Henderson '90, Faculty
Mary Vogt, Friend
Maureen Berner, Faculty
Mike Smith, Dean
Patrice Roesler, SOG
Phil Cordeiro '15
Rae Buckley, Friend
Richard Carey, Student
Robby Poore, Staff
Sally Moore, Friend
Shakera Vaughn, Student
Susan Austin '97
Susan Lynch, Staff
Teshanee Williams, SOG/MPA Post-doc