1. The Dream Deferred 5.0 Erik Bergrud2011 ASPA National Conference March 14, 2011
2. The first version of this presentation was inspired by ASPAs 2009 AnnualConference, whose theme was Governance in the Midst ofDiversity: Bridging Opportunity and Challenge.
3. ASPAs roots are in the Progressive reform movement that produced major changes inAmerican public administration inthe early part of the 20th century. Darrell Pugh, Looking Back, Moving Forward (1988)
7. What do these words mean in the context of ASPAs history and leadership structure?
8. Some facts to consider
9. Phil Rutledge became ASPAsfirst African American President
10. in 1974
11. 35 years after ASPA was established.
12. Total number of women of color who have served as ASPA President
14. Are ASPAs sections/chaptersproviding leadership opportunities for individuals of color?
15. Total individuals of color servingcurrently as ASPA section chairs
16. 4 out of 24
17. Total individuals of color serving currently as ASPA chapter presidents
18. Fewer than 10
19. So how is ASPA addressing the issue of social equity?
20. Not comfortably
21. A debate over affirmative actionhastened the demise of ASPAs policy issues process in the 1990s.
22. The phrase Oppose all forms ofdiscrimination and harassment,and promote affirmative action remains in ASPAs Code of Ethics.
23. ASPAs Gloria Nordin Hobson Social Equity Award, presented annually since 2003, recognizeslifetime achievement and effort in the cause of social equity.
24. ASPA established a Section onDemocracy and Social Justice in 2008.
25. These are positive developments.
27. Social equity has yet to penetrate ASPAs mainstream.
28. Some difficult questions still need to be answered.
29. What is ASPAs commitment to diversity in its leadership and membership?
30. How does ASPA define aminority public administrator?
31. Some words of hope and caution
33. The 2011-2 ASPA NationalCouncil will include multiple African Americans, Asian Americans and Latinos.
35. The election of an African American President hasnt eliminated all of the barriersfacing individuals of color in the U.S.