The State of Public Affairs and the Dual Pandemic

Graphic text The State of Public Affairs and the Dual Pandemic
Humphrey School of Public Affairs
February 28, 2022 - 1:00 pm CST
- 2:00 pm
Virtual Event
All are invited to a special Black History Month event, The State of Public Affairs and the Dual Pandemic, on Monday, February 28 at 1 p.m. Dean Botchwey will moderate a panel discussion featuring doctoral candidate Rashad Wiliams, alumnus Denetrick Powers (MURP ’18), and Shawntera Hardy from Civic Eagle.


Panel Bios:

About Rashad Williams

Rashad Williams is a PhD candidate studying black political thought and urban planning at the Humphrey School. His research and teaching explore housing policy, community and economic development, the moral bases for corrective racial justice at the municipal scale, and the range of policies that might constitute reparation in the planning context. His articles are the first to appear on the subject of reparations within the field of urban planning. Rashad’s dissertation, Twin Cities, Split Politics, advances his previous work examines how Minneapolis and St. Paul came to incorporate differing notions of corrective racial justice into their community and economic development efforts following the George Floyd mass protest movement of 2020.

About Denetrick Powers

Denetrick Powers is co-founder and director of planning and engagement at NEOO Partners, Inc. NEOO Partners is a creative urban planning, place-making and real estate consulting firm for small to medium-sized businesses, non-profit organizations, and local units of government. Denetrick earned his bachelor’s degree in an interdisciplinary degree program with focuses in business and marketing education as well as fashion studies. He also has a master’s degree in urban and regional planning with a concentration in social entrepreneurship from the Humphrey School.

About Shawntera Hardy

Shawntera M. Hardy is an award winning public policy professional and serial entrepreneur with over 15 years of experience leading work in the areas of government affairs, healthcare access, economic and workforce development, environmental sustainability, city planning, and international affairs. Shawntera is co-founder and chief culture officer of Civic Eagle, a venture backed company building legislative intelligence tools for analyzing, tracking, and collaborating on bills in state legislatures and Congress. Previously, Shawntera served as the commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development in Gov. Mark Dayton’s administration. She is a member of the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis community advisory committee; Minnesota Public Radio board of trustees; and member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.


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Contact Info
This event is hosted by the Humphrey School of Public Affairs. If you have questions or need to request accommodations for this event, please email [email protected]