Race to Equity Report: A Call to Action

Wednesday, October 1, 2014
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Fees & Registration

Focus programs are no cost, smaller and less formal meetings for GMA SHRM members and invited guests only.

Advance registration is required. Number of participants capped at 20.

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Location & Directions


3113 West Beltline Highway
Madison, WI 53713-2830

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Presented by Erica Nelson, Project Director, Wisconsin Council on Children and Families' Race to Equity Project  


Presentation Description

Recently the Race to Equity report was released with staggering statistics ranking Dane County as one of the worst in the nation when it comes to disparities between African American and White citizens in our area.  Some of the statistics of the study include:

• Seventy percent of Wisconsin’s white children live in households above 200% of the poverty level, while only one-fifth of African American children experience that level of economic security. Meanwhile, approximately one-third of Wisconsin’s Latino and American Indian kids live in households above 200% of the poverty line.
• White adults, age 25 to 29, are three times as likely to have an associate’s degree or higher than their African American or Latino peers.
• White children are nearly six times more likely to be proficient in 8th grade math than their black fellow students

This program will give a brief overview of the report, but then is a call to action on how we can improve these statistics through best practice sharing, collaborating with non-for-profits in the area, and how to get buy in from the leaders of our organizations.  The report in full is available at  There will be an agenda sent out prior with topics covered and what to bring to the event.

After this session is complete we would like to have tools to use to make positive improvements with racial disparities in Dane County.  This is a best practice event where we can work together to share ideas on how to improve without having to start from scratch.  We would like to work together to focus on how to improve our recruiting, hiring, and retention processes to increase diversity and inclusion in our workplaces. 

Our Presenter

Erica Nelson, Project Director for the Wisconsin Council on Children and Families’ Race to Equity Project, developed the original outline and design of the Race to Equity initiative late 2011. Nelson also serves, when time allows, as a private bar attorney for the Wisconsin State Public Defender’s Office. Before her return to Dane County in 2011, she practiced public interest law for three years at the Center for Family Representation in New York City, providing legal counsel and representation for low-income parents in abuse and neglect cases in Manhattan Family Court. Based on her New York work, Nelson has served as an advocate and consultant on child welfare issues and the role of parent representation for a wide range of organizations and policy groups. Prior to attending law school at Rutgers University Law School in Newark, NJ, where she earned a Juris Doctorate, Nelson performed and choreographed as a professional modern dancer in New York City. She also earned a B.A. in History from the University of Wisconsin.


For more information contact:

GMA SHRM Management Team
2830 Agriculture Dr.
Madison, WI 53718
(608) 204-9814
fax (608) 204-9818

Program Schedule subject to change.