The Role of Race, Labor Markets, and Education in Building an Equitable Recovery


Understanding how labor markets function for different racial and ethnic groups during recessions can reveal structural inequities in our economy and inform efforts to rebuild after the COVID-19 pandemic. Though educational attainment has long been regarded as the primary engine of economic mobility, new insights show it may not act as a buffer against economic hardship during recessions equally across racial and ethnic groups.

New research from Darrick Hamilton, the Henry Cohen professor of economics and urban policy and founding director of the Institute on Race and Political Economy at The New School, demonstrates disparities in labor market experiences for Black, Latinx, and white workers during recessions and illustrates the unique impact of the current recession compared with previous downturns.

Join WorkRise and The New School for an exclusive research briefing with Hamilton, a member of WorkRise’s Leadership Board. The briefing will be followed by a discussion with civic, business, and philanthropic leaders on bold solutions for dismantling structural inequities in education and the labor market and building an equitable recovery.

• Elisabeth Jacobs, Senior Fellow, Urban Institute; Deputy Director, WorkRise (introduction)
Melody Barnes (@MelodyCBarnes), Professor of Practice, Dorothy Danforth Compton Professor, and Codirector of the Democracy Initiative, University of Virginia; former Director, White House Domestic Policy Council
Colleen Briggs, Head of Community Development and Financial Health, Corporate Responsibility, JPMorgan Chase
• Darrick Hamilton (@DarrickHamilton), Henry Cohen Professor of Economics and Urban Policy, University Professor, and Director of the Institute on Race and Political Economy at The New School; member, WorkRise Leadership Board
Carmen Rojas (@crojasphd), President and CEO, Marguerite Casey Foundation

Kimberly Adams (@KAreports), Correspondent and Host, Marketplace 

Presented by the Institute on Race and Political Economy at The New School and WorkRise

Wednesday, February 17, 2021 
4:00PM to 5:00PM (EST)

This free event will be held online and is open to the public. RSVPs are required. Please register for the event here.
Members of the media are required to RSVP with Merrie Snead at

Founded in 1919, The New School was established to advance academic freedom, tolerance, and experimentation. A century later, The New School remains at the forefront of innovation in higher education, inspiring more than 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students to challenge the status quo in design and the social sciences, liberal arts, management, the arts, and media. The university welcomes thousands of adult learners annually for continuing education courses and public programs that encourage open discourse and social engagement. Through our online learning portals, research institutes, and international partnerships, The New School maintains a global presence.




79 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10003


Media Contacts:

The New School
Merrie Snead


Bookmark and Share