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Race and Registered Apprenticeship: RA’s Role in Driving Equity

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In this virtual event, current and former state apprenticeship directors will discuss how they are working to expand racial and economic equity in Registered Apprenticeship.
Date February 18, 2021
1:00pm to 2:00pm

“Now our struggle is for genuine equality, which means economic equality. For we know now, that it isn’t enough to integrate lunch counters. What does it profit a man to be able to eat at an integrated lunch counter if he doesn’t have enough money to buy a hamburger?” Dr. Martin Luther King Jr invoked economic equality as a necessary part of racial equality. Yet, in many ways, our country is at least as divided economically as it was in 1968.

As a training program that leads to high-quality and high-paying jobs, Registered Apprenticeship has the potential to serve as a solution to achieving greater equity. To reach that potential, apprenticeship leaders and providers must confront the structural racism that persists within the U.S. workforce, including the Registered Apprenticeship system. Join current and former state apprenticeship directors in this upcoming discussion to learn how they are expanding racial and economic equity in Registered Apprenticeship.

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Joseph Hollins

Former State Apprenticeship Director, Louisiana

Joshua Johnson

State Director, Wisconsin Apprenticeship Systems

Patricia Morrison

Director of the Division of Registered Apprenticeship, Virginia

Deborah Kobes

Senior Director, JFF

Eric Seleznow

Senior Advisor, JFF

Developed with the U.S. Department of Labor. Pursuant to the National Apprenticeship Act, the Department of Labor works to expand opportunities related to apprenticeship programs. This project has been funded, either wholly or in part, with Federal funds from the Department of Labor, Employment & Training Administration under the contract number/work order DOL-OPS-16-A-0012/1605DC-18-F-00060. The contents of this publication do not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the Department of Labor, nor does mention of trade names, commercial products, or organizations imply endorsement of same by the U.S. Government.