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Navigating Inequity and Advancing Equitable Change at Scale is a Course

Navigating Inequity and Advancing Equitable Change at Scale

Oct 26, 2023 - Nov 3, 2023

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Full course description

Thursday, October 26, 2023 | 7:00-8:30PM (ET) | Hybrid Lecture | Co-Sponsored by the Mental Health Counseling Urban Scholars Program, the Donovan Urban Teaching Scholars Program, and the Center for Psychological Humanities and Ethics 


Murray Room, Yawkey Athletic Center at Boston College, 140 Commonwealth Ave, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467 and Online via Zoom


This event is free to the public. Please use the promotional code LEARY23 to register at no cost.

For Donovan Scholars, please use the promo code DONSCHOLAR2 to register.

For MHC Urban Scholars, please use the promo code URBANSCHOLAR to register.

This event is $25 for practitioners seeking CEs for this lecture. As per the credentialing bodies, we can only grant CEs for synchronous attendance of events (online or in-person). Please pay and register for the lecture so that we may keep track of your attendance. Your CE registration status may not be changed after the event.


In this talk, Dr. Kimberly Leary shares her experience in the Biden-Harris Administration guiding the pursuit of equity in the public sector. The mass protests after George Floyd’s murder reignited movements for equity and economic justice, prompting the public to demand accelerated commitments from government, private companies, and community organizations.

Beginning on Day One, the Administration embarked on comprehensive efforts to advance racial equity and support underserved communities through the federal government. Executive orders mandated equity assessments, equitable data, and environmental justice. Equity principles were integrated into major spending plans like the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and Inflation Reduction Act. Concurrently, cities and states also implemented equity initiatives, for example, civic engagement dialogue projects and launching pilot programs for guaranteed incomes. Corporate America, philanthropy, and business entities responded with more than $200B in equity focused initiatives.

The backlash has been as swift, such as claims of reverse discrimination and new voting restrictions. Others persist in viewing equity as a compelling public interest. Among them, the Biden Administration which has released new executive orders to further advance equity. In this talk, Dr. Leary will identify and distill lessons learned from these initiatives and suggest future pathways for progress despite headwinds, including the recent Supreme Court ruling on affirmative action.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify which elements of racial equity reflect an adaptive challenge and which embody a technical problem
  2. Explain systemic approaches to social justice and how they differ from organizational efforts
  3. Compare approaches to evaluating at-scale efforts to advance equity across the federal government

Timeline and Requirements:

The lecture will take place on Thursday, October 26, 2023. This lecture is presenter-led and is a hybrid experience. This will be conducted synchronously online and in person (location: Murray Room, Yawkey Athletic Center at Boston College, 140 Commonwealth Ave, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467) from 7:00-8:30PM (ET). 

CE Sponsorship: 

Participants must attend the lecture in full and complete the post event survey to be eligible to receive CEs. This lecture does not offer CEs for other clinicians not listed below. 

University Counseling Services of Boston College is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. As a co-sponsor of this program, University Counseling Services of Boston College maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Participants will be eligible to receive 1.5 CE units from University Counseling Services of Boston College.

This program has been approved for 1.5 Social Work Continuing Education hours for relicensure, in accordance with 258 CMR. NASW-MA Chapter CE Approval Program Authorization Number D92091.

The Lynch School of Education and Human Development is providing sponsorship for CEUs for Licensed Mental Health Counselors (LMHC). Participants will be eligible to receive 1.5 CE units. These credits are accepted by the Massachusetts Board of Registration for Licensed Mental Health Counselors (Category I contact hours in Content Area I).

Fees and Policies:

This event is free if you are NOT seeking CEs towards your license. If you plan on seeking CEs for this lecture, the cost is $25. Once you have registered for the class, your CE registration status is fixed and cannot be adjusted at a later time.  

Payment is due by credit card at registration. Registration closes October 26 at the time of the lecture. Refunds will be granted only up to the time of the lecture. 

We strive to host inclusive, accessible events that enable all individuals to engage fully. If you need to request an accommodation or ask a question about accessibility, please contact

Additional offerings from the Lynch School Professional & Continuing Education Office can be found on our website


Kimberlyn Leary, Ph.D., MPA is a senior vice president at the Urban Institute. She is an associate professor of psychology at the Harvard Medical School, an associate professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and a senior fellow at the Bloomberg Center for Cities at Harvard University. She served as an adviser to the Obama White House, working with the White House Council on Women and Girls to develop the Advancing Equity initiative, which focused on improving life outcomes for women and girls of color. Dr. Leary also served as a senior policy advisor to the Biden White House at the Domestic Policy Council and as a senior equity fellow at the Office of Management and Budget, supporting implementation of the administration’s executive orders on equity. Dr. Leary has a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Michigan, an M.P.A. from the Harvard Kennedy School, and an A.B. from Amherst College.