The Power of Policy Reform to Address Racial Justice in Erie

November 4th,2021 | 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Professor/Instructor/Speaker: CAMILLE BUSETTE
How can communities use policy reform to address systemic issues that have driven racial inequities over decades? Dr. Camille Busette, a leading expert on policy reform at the local and national levels, will unpack that. With a focus on Erie, Pennsylvania, Busette, who the Better Together Council contracted for its Erie Racial Justice Policy initiative, will examine data and trends in Erie, as well as comparable metros, with a look at what's been done and is being done. She is currently working as a project consultant with Erie-based advocacy groups on a new policy strategy titled "Race, Prosperity, and Inclusion."

As a Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution, Busette heads the think tank's Race, Prosperity, and Inclusion initiative, which launched How We Rise, a project that focuses on policy solutions to upend structural racism and create a more equitable society for all. She has affiliations with Brookings Governance Studies, Economic Studies, and Metropolitan Policy Program.

After receiving her academic training at the University of California at Berkley and the University of Chicago, Dr. Busette embarked on a career at the World Bank, where she confronted issues of extreme poverty, lack of access to health, education, sanitation, and the labor market.

Busette is no stranger to Erie or the JES's Global Summit. She addressed "Thinking Differently about Race and Belonging" at Global Summit XI in 2019, and joined her Brookings' colleague Dr. Rashawn Ray at Global Summit XII for "Addressing Policy Reform and Racial Equity."
All attendees will be required to wear masks if Erie County is in the "substantial" or "high" transmission rate of community spread on the day of an event. Attendees must also provide proof of full vaccination or a negative Covid-19 test within the last 72 hours. Please see our FULL Covid-19 policy here.

This event will be held at the Jefferson Educational Society 

3207 State St. 

Erie, PA 16508


Camille Busette is director of the Brookings Institution Race, Prosperity, and Inclusion Initiative. Prior to Brookings, Camille has held executive positons at the Consultative Group to Assist the Poor, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, EARN, PayPal, and Intuit. Camille holds a B.A. in political science from the University of California, Berkeley, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in political science from the University of Chicago.