Call for Papers: The 5th World Conference on Remedies to Racial and Ethnic Economic Inequality

September 26-29th, 2018
Federal University of Espírito Santo (UFES), Vitória, Espírito Santo, Brazil
The conference will be conducted in English and Portugese.

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The Roy Wilkins Center for Human Relations and Social Justice is proud to partner with Universidade Federal do Espírito Santo for the 5th World Conference on Remedies to Racial and Ethnic Economic Inequality. Scholars, policy analysts, researchers, and practitioners worldwide will have the chance to participate in a broad and deliberate discussion on actions plans for equitable change across sectors.

Subtopics that embrace the conference theme

  • Longer term consequences of persistent poverty and inequality in access to quality health care among low-income, racial and ethnic minority group members.
  • Comparative analysis of the effectiveness of alternative policy interventions designed to reduce racial and ethnic economic inequality 
  • Problems of political corruption and uneven development.
  • Causes and consequences of inequalities in access to health care and alternative health care delivery systems.
  • Racial identity and the evolution of policies in higher education, public employment, and government contracting and procurement.
  • Innovative policies designed to remedy racial and ethnic economic inequality: baby bonds, universal employment, guaranteed minimum income plans.

In recent decades, Brazilian social movements have denounced the racial inequalities to which people of color are subjected, proposing the need for intervention in alleviating discriminatory practices.

This conference proposes to bring together community members across sectors, as well as professional researchers in public and private education networks to strategically plan effective intervention methods. The conference hopes to collect experiences ranging from difficulties in ethnic-racial relations to involvement in collective social problems to lead to more fruitful exchange and intervention in these issues.

For questions related to the conference, please email

Collaborating Partners

Professor Patricia Gomes Rufino Andrade, Coordinator: Center of Afro-Brazilian Studies at the Universidade Federal do Espírito Santo
Mr. Gilberto Batista Campos, President, Elimu Institute Prof. Cleber Maciel
William A. Darity, Jr., Samuel DuBois Cook Professor of Public Policy, African American Studies, and Economics, Duke University and Director Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity
Dr. Aissa Afonso Guimarães, Professor, Universidade Federal do Espírito Santo
Judge LaJune Lange, President, International Leadership Institute, Minneapolis
Professor Samuel Myers, Chair, Roy Wilkins Center for Human Relations and Social Justice, University of Minnesota
Dr. Osvaldo Martins Oliveira, Professor, Universidade Federal do Espírito Santo
Kolawole S. Okuyemi, MD, MPH, Chair, University of Utah Department of Family and Preventive Medicine
Dr. Shailendra Prasad, Director, Global Family Medicine, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, University of Minnesota
Mr. Robert Scarlett, Secretary, Brazil-Minnesota Chamber of Commerce, Minnesota
Dr. Thiago Trinidade, Brazilian Society of Family Medicine and Community Health
Antonia Wilcoxon, Community Relations Director, Minnesota Department of Human Services


September 26-29th, 2018


The conference will be held in Vitória, Espírito Santo, a small and vibrant city in southeastern Brazil. The conference will take place at The Vitória Conference Center, with some sessions on the campus of the Federal University of Espírito Santo (UFES), the conference's co-host.

Vitoria Conference Center

Travel Information

Attendees and delegations will be responsible for their own airfare. It is advised to connect roundtrip through Rio de Janeiro (GIG) or São Paolo (GRU). Domestic carriers Azul Airlines, Avianca, and LATAM Brazil offer daily trips to Vitória (VIX). 


Attendees are encouraged to book rooms at the Vitória Sheraton hotel, as well as the Golden Tulip Porto Vitória. Group rates are currently under negotiation.


Individual registration is available for $400 per person. Airfare and local accommodations will be the responsibility of attendees. Ground transportation among the conference venues will be provided. Fees include breakfasts, luncheons, and breakout sessions.

A limited number of travel scholarships will be available to junior scholars, young activists and community organizers, and those from developing countries. Scholarship applications will be available beginning March 1, 2018.

Post-Conference Tours

These will be scheduled prior to the conference. Information will be added here as it becomes available.

Important Dates

Deadline for submission of abstracts: March 15

Notifications: April 15

Registration due in order to be placed on program: May 15

Submitting Your Paper

In your submission please include the following: (1) abstract, (2) five keys words used to describe your paper topic, and (3) a PDF file of your paper.

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