Join us for a discussion with community members and leaders who are looking critically at their role in creating a more equitable future. Panelists will discuss the following questions and then we will open it up for Q&A and discussion:
-What is equity and why is race a critical elemet of delaing with equity?- What process, policies or tools can be used to address racial equity? What can individuals and community do to address racial equity?
Paulette FairCo-founder, Kheprw Institute
Paulette Fair is a co-founder of the Kheprw Institute. She has a passion for empowering black youth to succeed academically and gain valuable life skills that will serve them and their community into adulthood. In the summer of 2003, Fair, Imhotep Adisa and Pambana Uishi founded KI to provide tutoring for her grandson, her colleague’s son and a couple of their friends in reading, algebra and public speaking. Since then she has served as KI’s program director and overseen it’s growth to serve a broad group of youth and community who work to improve themselves and change the world.
Michael Huber President & CEO, Indy Chamber
Michael Huber was named Indy Chamber President and CEO in August 2013. Prior to that, he was Senior Director of Commercial Enterprise at the Indianapolis Airport Authority. In that role, Michael oversaw the Authority’s businesses and revenue generating units, including development of its land and facilities, air service development, parking and retail operations, and marketing.
Previous to his work at Indianapolis Airport Authority, Michael Huber served as Deputy Mayor for Economic Development for Mayor Greg Ballard beginning in 2010. As Deputy Mayor, Michael worked to help current and prospective Indianapolis companies grow and expand, ran a large urban redevelopment portfolio, and drove large-scale efforts to improve the City’s infrastructure. Michael managed projects including the sale of water and wastewater systems to Citizens Energy Group which produced $450M in infrastructure capital, the lease of the City’s metered parking system, the $156M CityWay project in partnership with Eli Lilly and Buckingham Companies, the redevelopment of Bush Stadium, and various other transactions. From January 2008 to March 2010, Michael served as the Director of Enterprise Development, where under the Mayor’s direction, he implemented enterprise wide business transformation initiatives, including the Mayor’s IndyStat performance reporting tool which improved City services and reduced costs across the enterprise.
Prior to joining Mayor Ballard’s team in January 2008, Michael worked in Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels’ administration for three years. He served as Deputy Commissioner of the Indiana Department of Administration (Jan. 2007 – Jan. 2008) where he managed State government services including real estate and leasing, print and mail, and logistics and warehousing. He was Deputy Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Government Efficiency and Financial Planning Team from January 2005 to January 2007.
From 2008 to 2011, Michael was a member of the Associate Faculty of the School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA) at Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis (IUPUI), where he taught a course in public and nonprofit sector performance management in the Spring Semester.
Prior to Michael’s work in government, he worked in management consulting, with a focus on state and local government. He has an MBA from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University-Bloomington (2005) and a BS in Social Policy from Northwestern University in Evanston, IL (1998).Michael serves on the boards of the Arts Council of Indianapolis and Stopover Inc., and is a musician at St. Mary Catholic Church. He and his wife Helen have three children; they live in downtown Indianapolis.
Jason KellyDirector, IUPUI Arts and Humanities Institute
Jason M. Kelly is the Director of the IUPUI Arts and Humanities Institute and an Associate Professor of British History in the Indiana University School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI. He is a Visiting Research Fellow at Newcastle University and a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London.
Dr. Kelly received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Santa Barbara and is the author of The Society of Dilettanti: Archaeology and Identity in the British Enlightenment (Yale University Press and the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, 2010).
As Director of the IUPUI Arts and Humanities Institute, Dr. Kelly supports IUPUI’s research mission by directing the IAHI grant programs, identifying and fostering transdisciplinary research collaborations, and organizing research workshops and symposia. He also acts as a liaison to the Indianapolis community, and in this capacity facilitates collaborative endeavors including performances, lectures, and research projects.
Dr. Kelly’s research projects focus on the histories of the environment, human rights, art. His current book project is A History of the Anthropocene, a deep history of human-nature relations. He leads a major international collaborative project, Rivers of the Anthropocene, which brings together scientists, humanists, and policy makers to study global river systems and policy since 1750. He directs The Cultural Ecologies Project, a public research program and PhD track that works with community stakeholders to examine cultural interventions across multiple scales — from the personal to the neighborhood to the city level. He also directs Digital Freetown, an immersive, virtual reality educational environment focusing on African American history.
Dr. Kelly is the recipient of the IUPUI Research Trailblazers Award (2013), two IU Trustees Teaching Awards (2011, 2008), and the IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI Student Council Outstanding Academic Adviser Award (2010).
Pamela RossVice President of Opportunity, Equity & Inclusion, CICF
Pamela is Central Indiana Community Foundation’s (CICF) first vice president of opportunity, equity and inclusion. She is responsible for leading CICF’s organizational initiatives that support increased equity, inclusive economic growth and racial awareness in Central Indiana.
Pamela joined CICF September, 2016 as a community leadership officer and was promoted to her current position April, 2018. Pamela has her masters in social work from the University of Georgia with a concentration focused on community development and program evaluation. She has over 25 years of professional experience in the social services field, managing multiple programs dedicated to improving the plight of children and families. Pamela serves on the board for Kennedy King Memorial Initiative and other various committees focusing on disparities in multiple sectors. She is a 2019 Tobias Fellow and vice chair for Indiana Blacks in Philanthropy, an affiliate of Indiana Philanthropy Alliance. She frequently provides presentations, serves on panels of discussion and partners with many organizations delving into issues of race, equity and inclusiveness.
She is a native of Indianapolis but throughout her life, she has lived in other places such as Phoenix, Atlanta, Houston and Iowa. Pam has also traveled to multiple countries in Africa, including an internship in Tunisia for the African Development Bank.
Pamela has a great passion for making a difference in the lives of people often left behind. Above many things, she values her family and living a purposeful life.