Charter Oak State College Foundation Virtual Lecture: Solutions to Economic Disparity

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The final Virtual panel of Charter Oak State College Foundation's 3-part Shea Lecture series studying Economic Disparity will take place on Thursday, December 3rd at 3:30 pm ET. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Shea Solutions is the third and final discussion of the 2020 Shea Lecture series. This three-part series is a collaborative effort presented by the Foundation for Charter Oak State College, Connecticut’s public online college, and the Minority Business Council of the West Hartford Chamber of Commerce, along with a distinguished panel of experts.

December 3, 2020 at 3:30 pm will be the final of these engaging panel discussions regarding disparity within our state and country, highlighting the origins, barriers, limitations, and solutions. Free and open to the public, registration is requested to join the conversation on Zoom. Visit or for details and to register.

The Foundation’s all-volunteer board of directors felt that now was the time to expand upon the efforts to break the cycle of poverty and disadvantage for our black and brown community members through higher education degree completion. But also knew, they couldn’t stop there.

The Shea Lecture panelists will provide insights on economic disparity, housing inequity, higher education, career / workforce planning, health care, and food insecurity. The Panel includes Commissioner of Housing, Seila Mosquera-Bruno, Deputy Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development, Glendowlyn Thames, Dr. Brooke Palkie, EdD, RHIA, FAHIMA, Chair of the Health Science and Technology Department and Program Director for the Health Care Administration and Health Informatics Graduate Programs, Charter Oak State College, Tiffany Donelson, President & CEO, Connecticut Health Foundation, Jason Jakubowski, President and Chief Executive Officer, Foodshare, Wilfredo Nieves, President Emeritus of Capital Community College, Ed Klonoski, COSC President, and Christopher Clarke, Chairman of the West Hartford Chamber Minority Business Network and a Financial Advisor with Merrill Lynch. Mr. Clarke also serves as Chairman of the Connecticut Chapter of Bank of America’s Black Professionals Group.
Moderating the discussion will be Charter Oak State College Foundation Board member, Tracy Allen, who is the Owner and Impact Strategist of TVA Consulting, serves on SCORE as GH Co-Chair & Edu Coordinator and Inclusion & Diversity Coordinator.

Glenn Davis, Liberty Bank, First Vice President and Community Development/CRA Officer as well as COSC Foundation Shea Lecture Chair, provided insight as we brought this distinguished panel together to offer solutions to the problems that demand justice and fairness. The series began with a keynote presentation from Dr. Fred McKinney answering the question - what is economic disparity and how did it begin?

The recordings of the previous lectures can be found on the Foundation’s Facebook page, or YouTube. The Foundation and Chamber encourage members of the public to join in this imperative discussion. As we learn together, we can expand our awareness and understanding, while being part of the solution.
The Shea Lecture Endowment Fund was created by Charter Oak State College’s first president, Dr. Bernard D. Shea to ensure free public lectures would further the College's mission to engage students and the community in lifelong learning.

The Charter Oak State College Foundation, Inc. was founded September 15, 1977. The Charter Oak State College Foundation is dedicated to supporting flexible and comprehensive degree completion opportunities for adults, and technology innovations through the work of Charter Oak State College. The Foundation Board of Directors provides volunteer leadership for development and fundraising programs and stewardship of the Foundation’s assets in order to assist deserving and underemployed adult students with college costs; award scholarships; and encourage technological initiatives that enable the College to be a leader in higher education. The Foundation is exempt from tax under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.


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