Learning and Development Series

The Learning and Development Series is a part of Step Up Silicon Valley’s effort to deepen dialogue on specific community issues and creating innovative solutions. We seek to engage our network through workshops that feature guest speakers who are experts in their fields. The L&D Series is sponsored by the Leavey School of Business, Santa Clara University.

2017 L&D Series

Step Up Silicon Valley is delighted to announce the 2017 Learning and Development Series. This year we are intentionally focusing on Preventing Generational Poverty. Our goal is to use these sessions as a platform for dialogue and action in order to come up with a policy position and/or support an existing policy that prevents generational poverty.

2017 Schedule

Preventing Generational Poverty:
Economic opportunity or low-income trap? Lessons from recent research on intergenerational mobility in the United States.

Presented by: Professor Bill Sundstrom, Department of Economics, Santa Clara University
Date: Thursday, February 23rd
Time: 9:00 am – 10:30 am.
Location: Forbes Family Conference Center, Room 126, Lucuas Hall
Santa Clara University 500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara, CA, 95053
RSVP by Tuesday, February 22nd to: asilveira@stepupsv.org

The persistence of poverty in America and the dramatic increase of economic inequality in recent decades have garnered growing public awareness. Isn’t the United States at least a land of economic opportunity, in which those who start lower on the economic ladder have a reasonable expectation that they, or their children, might advance into the middle class? Or are we at risk of being a caste society, in which multiple generations are trapped in a cycle of relative deprivation, while others inherit the security of a “gilded” lifestyle?

Important recent research by social scientists has shown that intergenerational economic mobility in the United States is low compared with many other wealthy countries, and that opportunity is unevenly distributed across the country. In this presentation, Professor Sundstrom will summarize some of these findings, including what they have to say about opportunity in the Silicon Valley region. He will provide an overview of the potential causes of intergenerational persistence in income status, and the implications for community and policy strategies for increasing opportunity


Past Speaker Series

Poverty, Inequality and Trends in the Labor Market with Professor Hilary Hoynes, University of California, Berkeley
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Ending Extreme Inequality with Professor Scott Myers-Lipton, San Jose State University
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How Savings Groups Are Revolutionizing Development with Professor Jeffrey Ashe, Columbia University
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Environmental Injustice: A Spatial Analysis of Cumulative Environmental Benefits and Burdens for Santa Clara County’s Neighborhoods with Professor Iris Stewart-Frey, Professor Christopher Bacon, and William Burke, Santa Clara University
Watch Video     Read Published Research Paper

Just Growth: Inclusion and Prosperity in America’s Metropolitan Regions with Professor Chris Benner, University of California, Davis
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Advocacy Training with Patricia Gardner, Executive Director, Silicon Valley Council of Nonprofits
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The Supplemental Poverty Measure with Professor David B. Grusky, Stanford Center on Poverty and Inequality
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Network Weaving with June Holley

For more information, please contact Angela Silveira.