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  • 1. The Dream Deferred 5.0 Erik Bergrud2011 ASPA National Conference March 14, 2011
  • 2. The first version of this presentation was inspired by ASPA’s 2009 AnnualConference, whose theme was “Governance in the Midst ofDiversity: Bridging Opportunity and Challenge.”
  • 3. ASPA’s 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)
  • 4. “Diversity”
  • 5. “Governance”
  • 6. “Progressive”
  • 7. What do these words mean in the context of ASPA’s history and leadership structure?
  • 8. Some facts to consider…
  • 9. Phil Rutledge became ASPA’sfirst 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
  • 13. 0
  • 14. Are ASPA’s 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 ASPA’s policy issues process in the 1990s.
  • 22. The phrase “Oppose all forms ofdiscrimination and harassment,and promote affirmative action” remains in ASPA’s Code of Ethics.
  • 23. ASPA’s 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.
  • 26. But…
  • 27. Social equity has yet to penetrate ASPA’s mainstream.
  • 28. Some difficult questions still need to be answered.
  • 29. What is ASPA’s commitment to diversity in its leadership and membership?
  • 30. How does ASPA define a“minority public administrator?”
  • 31. Some words of hope and caution
  • 32. Hope
  • 33. The 2011-2 ASPA NationalCouncil will include multiple African Americans, Asian Americans and Latinos.
  • 34. Caution
  • 35. The election of an African American President hasn’t eliminated all of the barriersfacing individuals of color in the U.S.
  • 36. Even so..
  • 37. The dream endures.
  • 38. Do you believe in the dream?