August 31, 2018 | Featured, News

The Equality Indicators is a project of the CUNY Institute for State and Local Governance (ISLG). ISLG developed the Equality Indicators in 2014, with the goals of both helping cities advance policies and practices to reduce disparities in areas of greatest concern (e.g., economy, education, health) and increasing transparency and accountability around efforts to promote equality. In each city, this is done through the development of an Equality Indicators tool that measures those disparities and tracks change over time.

ISLG began the Equality Indicators in New York City, informed in large part by Mayor Bill de Blasio’s vision of a more equitable city, and has been releasing data there annually since 2015. In 2017, with the continued support of The Rockefeller Foundation, the work was expanded to five new cities that have made strong commitments to equity—Dallas, Oakland, Pittsburgh, St. Louis, and Tulsa, each a member of The Rockefeller Foundation’s 100 Resilient Cities initiative (100RC). Each of the new cities has released or will soon be releasing its first annual indicators report, and this conference will showcase this exciting new phase of the Equality Indicators work.

The full-day conference will be held at the CUNY Graduate Center and will feature speakers from all six cities and 100RC, alongside others involved in work around equity.

Friday, September 7, 2018
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM EDT

The Graduate Center, CUNY
365 5th Avenue
New York, NY 10016




Full speaker list forthcoming

9:00-9:30 Registration and light breakfast

9:30-9:45 Opening remarks

9:45-10:15 Introduction to Equality Indicators tools and New York City pilot

10:15-11:45 Findings from Equality/Equity Indicators tools in five cities

11:45-12:00 Break

12:00-12:45 Equity as a Building Block for a Resilient City: Otis Rolley, Managing Director, 100 Resilient Cities

12:45-1:45 Lunch

1:45-2:15 Keynote: William Thompson, Chair of the Board of Trustees, City University of New York

2:15-3:45 Breakout sessions

  • Framework for systemic equity work in government (2:15-3:45)
  • Creating Equality/Equity Indicator tools for your community (2:15-3:00)
  • Incorporating equity into budgeting decisions (2:15-3:00)
  • The people behind the numbers (3:00-3:45)
  • Translating data for a broader audience (3:00-3:45)

3:45-4:45 Using Equality Indicators to move the needle

4:45-5:00 Closing remarks