4:30 PM16:30

Erin Boggs Talk: Applying Entrepreneurship to Create Equity in Housing

Presented by Kai Entrepreneurship Wesleyan (kaiwes.com) and the Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship. Join us for our last Kai talk of the Spring 2015 semester! Erin Boggs will be talking about her work as director of the Open Communities Alliance. If you're interning in a major city this summer you're well aware of the ridiculousness of housing costs. This talk will go into how gentrification and the segregation of neighborhoods creates unequal opportunities in terms of education, health care, and job prospects and how you as an individual can work towards combating this. Meaningful entrepreneurship at its finest. Erin Boggs' Bio: Erin Boggs, executive director of Open Communities Alliance, has worked on issues of equity, particularly in the context of housing, for almost 20 years. After dedicating six years to a range of fair housing issues, such as the foreclosure crisis, the housing challenges faced by people with disabilities, and housing discrimination based on a range of characteristics such as the presence of children, the use of government housing subsidies, and race and ethnicity, Ms. Boggs recognized the need for an organization specifically focused on the intersection of inequality and geography. Prior to joining the Alliance, Ms. Boggs served in a range of roles including as Deputy Director of the Connecticut Fair Housing Center. While at the Center she spearheaded the organization’s work on opportunity and race. Ms. Boggs also worked for the CT American Civil Liberties Union as a Staff Attorney and Interim Legal Director and practiced law with a national antitrust firm. Ms. Boggs worked at the Harrison Institute for Public Law at Georgetown University Law School and at the Center for National Policy, both in Washington, D.C. Ms. Boggs has extensive fundraising experience, successfully obtaining funding from national and local foundations as well as state and federal funding sources.

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