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WINSTON THROUGH ERSKINE BOWLES SYLVIA MATHEWS SUBJECT PRESIDENT'S INITIATIVE ON RACE WEEKLY REPORT JANUARY 31 - FEBRUARY 6 ADVISORY BOARD ACTIVITIES February Advisory Board Meeting. The Advisory Board will be in Northern California on February 10-11. On February 10, Advisory Board members will visit Promising Practices sites in San Francisco, Oakland, and East Palo Alto. DOEd Secretary Riley will participate by visiting a San Francisco Promising Practice site, Glide Memorial Baptist Church, that focuses on job training. The Advisory Board will host a gO-minute community forum in San Jose on the evening of the 10th. Members of the public will have the opportunity to raise views and concerns on issues surrounding race. On February 11, Advisory Board members will convene in San Jose to conduct their sixth monthly meeting. The topic of the meeting is "Race and Poverty." SBA Administrator Alvarez will deliver a keynote speech and participate in a panel discussion. The panel discussions will focus on the relationship between racial segregation, poverty, and the persistent lack of opportunities for those who live in poor, concentrated neighborhoods. The morning panel will focus on national issues and includes William Julius Wilson from Harvard University and Douglas Massey from the University of Pennsylvania. The afternoon panel will focus on local issues and solutions and will include local, state and area program experts who can address welfare and community development issues. March Advisory Board Meeting. We have begun planning for the Advisory Board's March 24-25 meeting in Denver, Colorado. The focus for this meeting will be "Race and Stereotypes." 1 Automated Records Management System Hex-Dump Conversion CampuslCommunity Week of Dialogue. The Campus/Community Week of Dialogue is scheduled for the week of April 6. The goal is to focus on race in higher education institutions and communities as a catalyst to establishing long-term institutional and organizational commitments and partnerships on this issue. We are developing options for this week, which may include national events, nationwide campus events, and other campus events. We are coordinating this effort with the Association of American Colleges & Universities, the National Urban League, the American Council on Education (ACE), and the U.S. Department of Education. Secretary Riley may mention this effort in his speech at the ACE conference next week. Statewide Days of Dialogue. On February 4, we met with the YWCA to discuss Statewide Days of Dialogue. Governors will be invited to designate a Statewide Day of Dialogue for their states and the YWCA will work in partnership with other organizations to convene dialogues throughout the states on the day designated by participating Governors. We hope to announce this effort at the National Governors Association meeting later this month. This event may be launched in conjunction with the events sponsored by the YWCA, USA cable television network, and the Anti-Defamation League surrounding the National Day of Commitment to Eliminate Racism which will occur on April 30. Women's Outreach Meeting. On February 6, over 100 women leaders attended a briefing hosted by the White House Women's Office and the PIR to enlist their support for the Race Initiative and to participate in a One America Conversation. Maria Echaveste and SBA Administrator Aida Alvarez also participated in the briefing. Corporate Forum. We held a Corporate Forum in Los Angeles on January 30 that attracted approximately 170 participants. Secretary Daley moderated the discussion and was joined on the panel by Maria Echaveste, Angela Oh, Bob Thomas, representatives from Rockwell International, Levi Strauss, Wells Fargo Bank, and three women small business owners. National Public Radio did a favorable report of this meeting in its Weekend Edition on Saturday. District of Columbia Latino Civil Rights Task Force Community Dialogue. On January 31, PIR staff participated in the first of a series of dialogues sponsored by the District of Columbia Latino Civil Rights Task Force. The dialogue focused on race relations within the Latino community. Approximately 30 community leaders took part in the discussion. 2 Automated Records .Management System Hex-Dump Conversion Department of Justice Hate Crimes Indictment: A defendant was indicted for conspiring with others to injure, threaten, and intimidate a minority member to prevent her from occupying a dwelling in Portage, Indiana, because of her race. The defendant and co-conspirators used clubs, baseball bats, rocks and/or bricks to break the windows of the victim's home. The defendant is also charged with using force and threats of force to interfere with the victim's right to occupy a dwelling. Department ofInterior African American History Conference: On March 22-27, NPS will hold a conference and training session on "African Americans From Slavery to Contemporary Times" at Jean Lafitte National Historical Park in New Orleans. This combined public conference and NPS training provides an overview of the American experience, starting with slavery and concluding with diverse African American cultures now associated with national parks. NPS Director Stanton will address the conference March 24. Department of Agriculture Rural Life Conference: During his January 30 roundtable on credit in rural America, held in conjunction with the Rural Life Conference in Pine Bluff, AR, Secretary Glickman announced a new pilot program, developed with the Rural Development Corporation, a consortium of minority banks, and USDA, to implement more effective methods of providing credit to socially disadvantaged applicants in Alabama, Arkansas, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, and Virginia. MOA with Tribal Universities: On February 3, Secretary Glickman signed a Memorandum of Agreement establishing programs to ensure that tribal colleges and universities equitably participate in USDA programs. Outreach Specialists: In early March, USDA begins training for the new outreach specialists hired through USDA's Outreach Technical Assistance program at the University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez, a program to help small and limited resource farmers obtain credit. Civil Rights Training: Secretary Glickman and his top staff have completed the first half of the new civil rights training at USDA, one of the recommendations of the Secretary's 3 Automated Records Management System Hex-Dump Conversion civil rights initiative. Department of Labor NAACP Award: On February 14, Secretary Herman will receive the NAACP President's Award in Los Angeles. Department of Education Boston Affirmative Action Case: A federaItrial began during the week of January 25 in the controversial case over the admissions policies of the prestigious Boston Latin public school. A white student who claims she was not admitted because of the school's current racial preference system challenged its constitutionality. Under the settlement in a case earlier this year, the Boston school board abandoned its previous racial targets for student admissions and instituted a new policy under which it admits half of the student body solely on the basis of test scores and grade point averages, and takes the racial composition of the applicant pool into account in admitting the other half of the student body. The school district argues that the current system is a permissible effort to maintain diversity in the school's student body. Hispanic Education Initiative: Secretary Riley and Delia Pompa, Director of the Office of Bilingual Education, participated in a White House event with the Vice President to announce the Administration's investment package to assist Hispanic students and reduce the dropout rate. Small Business Administration African American Initiative Rollout: The Administrator has been invited to join the Vice President at an event sponsored by Metropolitan Access on February 10, during Black History Month. MOU with the Big 3 Automakers: Administrator Alvarez and the Vice President will announce a Memorandum of Understanding with the "Big 3" Automakers at an event tentatively scheduled for February 17 or 18 during Black History Month. The MOU will commit the automakers to provide an additional $3 billion in subcontracting opportunities to small disadvantaged businesses. Hispanic Education Initiative: Administrator Alvarez participated in the Vice President's White House announcement of the Hispanic Education Initiative on February 2. She planned to meet with Secretary Riley on February 6 to discuss ways in which SBA and the DO Ed can work together on this initiative. 4 :\ utomatcd Records Management System i I.;x-Dump Conversion .'