Economic Development Symposium 2018

Community Development

February 13, 2018, 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. EST

On three Tuesdays in February,  an join us for an Economic Development Symposium which will be centered around the theme of adapting to emerging challenges and threats.

The first day of the symposium will focus on "Resiliency in International Development amidst a Changing Global Political Environment", bringing together experts in the areas of international development, including the former Chief Economist of World Bank, Vice President of Brookings Institution, COO of Plan International (USA), and development specialists of USAID, Clinton Development Initiative, World Bank, and more.


The panels are moderated by Yale professors including Rakesh Mohan, James Levinsohn, and Mushfiq Mobarak.

4:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.: Opening Reception

4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.: Keynote - Navigating Challenges in Community-Based Social Entrepreneurship

Mission-driven businesses are gaining traction in the U.S. as a means to sustain community development through market-based approaches. However, social entrepreneurs face unique challenges. This workshop will explore how successful entrepreneurs overcome these hurdles and learn from failure to sustain positive investment in their communities.

5:45 p.m. - 6:45 p.m.: Barriers to Quality, Affordability, and Access to Healthcare in the U.S.

The accessibility and quality of healthcare in the United States is quickly devolving under the current administration. Increasing costs are driving disparities in health outcomes, creating barriers to the achievement of health equity. This panel discussion will focus on the uncertainty surrounding the future of the Affordable Care Act and the current national debate on healthcare as a fundamental human right versus a market commodity. Panelists from local community organizations will speak about the structure, barriers, and challenges the U.S. healthcare system faces.

5:45 p.m. - 6:45 p.m.: Current Challenges for Refugees and Immigrants within our Community

The challenges facing immigrants and refugees in the U.S. is a leading topic of national conversation, increasingly so due to ongoing conflicts in countries like Syria. This panel will explore how immigrants and refugees in the greater Yale community have been impacted by the U.S.’ rapidly-changing domestic policies and how the organizations that support these populations are responding.

7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.: Closing Reception

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Ticket Prices

1-day Ticket: $5 (including access to dinner reception of the day)
3-day Ticket: $10 (including access to dinner receptions)

Edward P. Evans Hall
165 Whitney Avenue
New Haven, CT 06511
United States